By Joshua Burd
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP has named a new partner in its environmental department as part of several new additions to the practice.
Barbara J. Koonz, who brings more than 25 years of industry experience, is based in the firm’s Roseland office after recently joining its ranks. She focuses her practice on environmental and energy law, with an emphasis on environmental permitting for redevelopment, environmental compliance and renewable energy projects.
David B. Farer and Jay A. Jaffe, who co-chair the Greenbaum’s environmental department, hailed the new addition to the practice.
“Jay and I are excited that Barbara has become the newest member of our environmental team,” Farer said. “Her areas of focus further strengthen our environmental practice, and present expanded synergies in our representation of current and future clients.”
Throughout her career, Koonz has provided counsel to domestic and overseas businesses related to a range of New Jersey state and federal environmental permitting requirements, according to a news release. She has extensive experience in negotiating regulatory issues and resolving related enforcement actions with public agencies.
“I am incredibly fortunate to have joined such an esteemed group of professionals,” Koonz said. “The camaraderie and support at Greenbaum are second to none, and this collaborative work environment and unwavering commitment to clients exemplify the firm’s culture of excellence.”
Greenbaum Rowe noted that Koonz is both a geologist and attorney. To that end, she advises private and public entities in the fossil fuel, liquefied natural gas and renewable energy industries in connection with the acquisition, management, development and permitting of energy facilities and related infrastructure.
She also represents solar energy providers and hosts in connection with the development of grid-supply, net-metered and community solar photovoltaic projects, including some of the largest solar projects in New Jersey.
The Woodbridge-based law firm also recently welcomed several new associates:
- Joel Clymer, who focuses his practice in commercial litigation and employment law
- Brooke Emery, who focuses her practice in corporate law
- Conor J. Hennessey, who focuses his practice in civil litigation
- Alexander W. Raap, who focuses his practice in commercial litigation
- Hunain Sarwar, who focuses his practice in commercial real estate