David Edelstein

David concentrates his practice on complex environmental litigation in state and federal courts.  He has significant experience prosecuting and defending cases involving cost recovery and contribution claims brought pursuant to the Federal Superfund Law (CERCLA) and state environmental laws.  David has also handled numerous cases involving claims for natural resource damages and has extensive experience negotiating with Trustees, governmental entities, and private parties.

In addition to counseling clients in environmental matters, David also represents clients in actions involving a wide variety of other substantive topics, including: commercial contracts, products liability, insurance coverage and redevelopment law.  His practice covers all aspects of litigation from pre-trial discovery through trial.  David has extensive experience drafting pleadings, managing large scale document productions, taking and defending depositions, preparing and arguing motions, and trying cases.  He has also authored articles for use in continuing legal education seminars regarding the use of eminent domain in municipal redevelopment projects.

David was recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine for 2011-2015.

Prior to joining Archer, David clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Representative Experience

  • Served as lead trial counsel for a real estate developer in federal litigation concerning the multi-million dollar cleanup of TCE contamination at a former industrial property, obtaining the complete dismissal of all claims against his client after a four week trial that included claims brought under RCRA, CERCLA, the Spill Act and the common law.
  • Defended individuals, small businesses and multiple Fortune 500 companies in natural resource damage litigation arising under state and federal law.
  • Defended an international petro-chemical company in multi-district products liability litigation concerning the use of the gasoline additive MTBE.
  • Prosecuted contribution and cost-recovery claims on behalf of a Fortune 100 company in connection with the investigation and remediation of a petroleum bulk storage terminal
  • Represented a building products manufacturer in connection with sediment contamination at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Represented a major chemical company in connection with sediment contamination in the Passaic River and Newark Bay.
  • Represented clients in numerous multi-party negotiations concerning the closure of municipal landfills and allocation of cleanup costs at state and federal superfund sites.
  • Represented a property owner in complex civil litigation concerning the condemnation and redevelopment of a former industrial property.

Professional And Community Involvement

Current Professional Organization Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association

Current Community Service

  • Bucks County Red Cross Leadership Council
  • Camden County Mock Trial Team Coordinator
  • Yardley- Morrisville Soccer Coach

Awards And Recognition

  • Named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2011-2017.
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Chambers USA.


  • “Under the Microscope: The Use of Citizen Suits to Scrutinize Remedial Activities” Presentation at the Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s 31st Annual Spring Conference, April 27, 2015, Galloway Township, NJ
  • Tick, Tock: Appellate Court Starts the Clock on Spill Act Contribution Claims, Reprinted with permission from the November 25, 2013, edition of New Jersey Law Journal. © 2013 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.) By: David Edelstein and Craig Huber
  • Co-author, “Redeveloping the Law of Eminent Domain: New Concepts of ‘Just Compensation’ and Environmental Blight,” Lorman Education Seminar on Eminent Domain, April 17, 2007


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