The Eastern Environmental Law Center is a non-profit, public-interest environmental law firm located in Newark, New Jersey. We work on behalf of environmental advocacy, conservation and community groups to achieve environmental justice, implement clean-energy solutions and preserve the region’s open space, wildlife and natural resources for generations to come.
EELC’s work emphasizes clean energy, sustainable development, open space, and air and water quality. A core focus of our mission is to serve environmental justice communities who are overburdened with pollution and stand on the frontlines of climate change.
We respond to the needs and requests of our clients while taking into consideration our view of the critical issues facing the State and region. EELC represents national and state environmental advocacy organizations, as well as local community groups. We provide legal assistance to 35+ clients and are open to new clients, big and small. Many of our clients cannot afford private law firms, and we depend on generous foundation grants and individual donations to be able to provide our services.
EELC engages in statewide, regional and local environmental issues. Our clients include organizations advocating for environmental justice in the Ironbound (Newark) and Waterfront South (Camden) communities, and organizations dedicated to protecting unique, environmentally sensitive areas, including the Highlands, Pinelands and Barnegat Bay.
Prior to joining EELC, Chris was a partner at Maraziti Falcon, LLP, where he litigated environmental and land use cases on behalf of local governments throughout the State. ... Chris is a graduate of Vermont Law School where he earned a J.D. and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law cum laude, and served as a student attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Chris lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.read more
Will joined EELC in January 2018 and oversees the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project matter for our clients.... He graduated from Vermont Law School in 2014 with a J.D. magna cum laude. After graduating, he was a Fellow at the renewable energy consulting and advisory firm Sustainable Energy Advantage in Framingham, MA. He was also a Legal Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., where he worked on climate change and clean air issues. Will received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brown University in 2005. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. read more
Prior to joining EELC, Dan handled environmental litigation at Cullen and Dykman, LLP in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Before that, Dan represented the NJ Department of Environmental Protection as Deputy Attorney General at the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law. He is a graduate of Rutgers Law School, Camden and Binghamton University. Dan lives in Skillman, NJ with his wife, a teacher, and three young children.read more
Before joining EELC, Maggie worked on zoning and land use cases as a law clerk for Bryan Brice & Associates in Raleigh, NC. ... Prior to that, Maggie was an extern at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, NC, where they worked on environmental justice and water quality issues; and a summer intern at Super Law Group, LLC, in New York City, where they worked on Clean Water Act permitting. Maggie graduated from Vermont Law School in 2021 with a J.D. and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and graduated from Ithaca College in 2018 with a degree in Philosophy/Religion.read more
Aside from providing legal and administrative support to the EELC staff, Amy assists with communications and social media. ... Prior to joining EELC, Amy worked at a number of non-profits following a 20-year career with CNN as a producer/assignment editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Maplewood, NJ.read more