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Focusing his practice primarily on environmental and governmental entity representation, Michael D. Witt works extensively in the area of wastewater regulation and litigation. He has considerable experience handling matters arising under the Federal Clean Water Act, the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act, the New Jersey Sewerage Authorities Law and the New Jersey Municipal and County Utilities Authorities Law. Since 2000, he has represented the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission — the fifth largest publicly owned treatment works in the nation — both in court and before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. His outstanding work in environmental law earned him a spot on New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s list of young Rising Stars® two years in a row, an honor bestowed by the magazine’s Super Lawyers®, the top five percent of attorneys in the state.
Michael’s extensive experience representing governmental entity clients includes redevelopment and personnel matters, governmental contracting, third-party liability claims under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, regulatory enforcement litigation and administrative law matters. He also regularly handles requests for government records made pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA), works with Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC’s government entity clients to ensure compliance with OPRA both procedurally and substantively, and has litigated OPRA matters both in court and before the New Jersey Government Records Council.
Michael dedicates significant time to service to the legal community. Michael was appointed to the New Jersey State Bar Association's Committee on Continuing Legal Education and was elected First Vice-Chair of the State Bar's Local Government Law Section. In addition, Michael currently serves on the District VI Ethics Committee by appointment of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Michael also lectures through the State Bar on topics such as the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, Ethics for Government Attorneys and Labor Law for Government Attorneys.
Michael has significant experience in other areas of civil litigation as well, including appellate practice, complex commercial litigation, and general civil litigation. He also deals with the firm’s intellectual property clients on issues involving trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||New Jersey Monthly Magazine||2016|
|Rising Stars||New Jersey Monthly Magazine||2007|
|Rising Stars||New Jersey Monthly Magazine||2006|
|Partner||Chasan Leyner & Lamparello||2004 - Present|
|Associate||Graham Curtin & Sheridan, P.A.||1999 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Law Offices of Gabriel M. Ambrosio, Esq.||2003 - 2004|
|Associate||Thompson, Ramsdell & Qualseth, P.A.||1995 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section, Air Quality Committee||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Hudson County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Justice Stewart G. Pollack Environmental American Inn of Court||Master||N/A|
|State v. Saavedra||N/A|
|North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Bergen County Prosecutor's Office||N/A|
|I/M/O Michael G. Venezia||N/A|
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|New Mexico Law Review||Determining When a Party Gives Up the Right to Disqualify a Judge by Invoking the Discretion of the Court: JMB Retail Properties Co. v. Eastburn||1994|
|University of New Mexico School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Colorado||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Webinar - Ethics for Municipal Attorneys||Ethics for Government Entity Lawyers||2015|
|Understanding OPRA and OPMA||The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act||2015|
|Understanding OPMA and OPRA||The New Jersey Open Public Records Act||2015|
|New Jersey Water Environment Association||Responding to Clean Water Act Regulatory Enforcement Requests for Information||2015|
|New Jersey Water Environment Association||National Legal Issues in Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Planning||2015|
|CSO Long Term Control Plan Workshop||Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Planning in New Jersey||2015|
|Webinar - Labor Law for Local Government Attorneys||Labor Law for Local Government Attorneys||2012|
|Somerset County Clerks Association||Professional Development – Ethics and OPRA||N/A|