Maureen serves as Co-Chair of Archer’s Environmental Justice Practice Group and has extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation, including environmental law, condemnation and eminent domain, energy and utilities, class actions, mass torts, regulatory investigations, and contract disputes. Maureen devotes a substantial part of her practice to complex civil litigation and regulatory compliance counseling, helping clients find strategic and practical approaches to solving problems that maximize business opportunity and minimize risk.
Maureen represents clients in federal and state trial courts and appellate courts, before federal and state administrative agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Her litigation experience includes helping clients resolve contested, high-stakes matters, governmental investigations, Superfund cleanups and lawsuits, actions against private parties to enforce contract provisions, contribution/allocation actions, historical and factual investigations, and eminent domain proceedings in federal and state courts.
Maureen’s background in complex civil litigation includes helping clients manage cost-effective, multi-party discovery, complete investigations, retain expert witnesses, and handle all aspects of motion practice and trial. She helps develop litigation approaches designed to achieve clients’ business needs and objectives.
Prior to joining Archer, Maureen had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (2009-2011), and the Honorable George L. Seltzer, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (Ret.) (2006-2007).
- Representing international and national energy companies in proceedings before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.
- Representing multiple pipeline companies in condemnation proceedings pursuant to the Natural Gas Act.
- Serving as trial counsel for an international chemical company, including during a week-long evidentiary hearing that resulted in dismissal of a Clean Water Act citizen suit.
- Advising a nationally ranked health care system, major petrochemical company, and other clients on compliance issues arising under federal and state law.
- Advising international and national companies on environmental matters arising under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and other federal environmental statutes and similar state statutes.
- Achieving favorable results for clients seeking to enforce environmental indemnity agreements and other contract provisions.
- Advising on local practice and procedure for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Camden County Bar Association
Awards and Recognition
- Named a “Top Attorney” for Appellate by SJ Magazine (2020)
- Pro Bono Publico Award, Rutgers School of Law – Camden (2006)
Articles and Presentations
- “NJ Takes PennEast Pipeline Land Grab Fight To 3rd Circ.,” Law360 (January 2019)
- “PennEast Can Take NJ Land For $1B Pipeline, Judge Says,” Law360 (December 2018)
- “PennEast Needs NJ Land For $1B Pipeline, Judge Told,” Law360 (April 2018)
- “An Interview with the Honorable John Michael Vazquez, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey,” New Jersey State Bar Association Federal Practice and Procedure Section Newsletter (January 2017)
- Presentation, “Attorneys’ Guide to Local Government Law – Eminent Domain Actions” National Business Institute, Newark, NJ (December 2016)
- Presentation, “Cost-Effective Urban Redevelopment – Using the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act” National Business Institute, Newark, NJ (December 2015)
- “Mistaking the Fifth: No Fifth Amendment Privilege for a One-Person Corporation,” New Jersey State Bar Association Federal Practice and Procedure Section Newsletter (September 2015)
- “An Interview with the Honorable Karen McGlashan Williams, United States Magistrate Judge,” New Jersey State Bar Association Federal Practice and Procedure Section Newsletter (September 2014)
- “Be Careful What You Ask For: Recent Precedent on Reviewing Arbitration Awards and the Standard Applicable to Motions to Compel Arbitration,” New Jersey State Bar Association- Federal Practice and Procedure Section Newsletter (March 2014)
- “An Interview With the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief Judge, United States District Court,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s Federal Practice and Procedure Section Newsletter (June 2013)