Eric Grillé, Principal Attorney
Since joining the firm in 2008, Eric Grillé has become a principal attorney of the firm and has particular experience with a wide range of environmental matters including commercial transactions, regulatory compliance assistance and complex environmental litigation. In his practice, Eric works closely with clients to develop effective strategies focused on their specific concerns and objectives.
The portion of Eric’s practice dedicated to compliance assistance involves representing clients throughout the regulatory process and in negotiations with various state and federal agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eric’s regulatory practice frequently involves the interplay of numerous environmental statutes and regulations, which include the Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act), Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA), the Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act, the Site Remediation Reform Act, the Flood Hazard Area Control Act, the Electronic Waste Management Act, the Air Pollution Control Act, the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and their implementing regulations.
For cases involving contaminated site investigation and remediation, Mr. Grillé works closely with the client’s environmental consultants and Licensed Site Remediation Professional to develop strategies tailored to the client’s specific circumstances. For qualifying parties, Eric also pursues funding under state grant programs designed to assist clients to pay for the costs of remediation.
Mr. Grillé’s environmental litigation practice includes representing clients in administrative proceedings, pre-trial motions, mediations, and appeals, including both the pursuit and defense of cost recovery actions. Eric also represents homeowners impacted by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) containing heating oil in cost recovery actions and insurance coverage disputes.
Eric has also negotiated settlements in multi-party enforcement actions under statutes such as the Spill Act and CERCLA. Some of the common issues arising in Eric’s litigation practice include:
- cost recovery and contribution actions;
- defending state and federal administrative penalty assessments and violation notices;
- environmental insurance coverage disputes and declaratory judgment actions;
- contractual disputes concerning environmental liability;
- environmental indemnity and defense disputes;
- negotiating administrative consent orders and settlements under state and federal laws;
- private actions under the Environmental Rights Act.
Eric has a broad range of experience in transactional matters including contract negotiations related to the sale, transfer, or lease of properties and businesses.
Before joining the firm Eric received his J.D., cum laude, with an additional Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law in 2008. During his time at Pace he was a Senior Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review and was selected to participate in the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. While in law school Eric also worked as a law clerk for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance. Eric also served as a law clerk to for the Center for International Environmental Law where he authored sections of a paper circulated to United Nations working groups assessing strategies to respond to international environmental impacts.
Eric is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey