Jennifer Cordes concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental counseling, litigation and real estate. She regularly assists business owners, home owners, developers, and nonprofit organizations, advising them on regulatory compliance issues and negotiating with state and federal agencies. Jennifer is skilled at representing clients involved in permit or enforcement actions, navigating their Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) obligations, and in cost recovery matters under Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Spill Act.
Jennifer also devotes significant time to negotiating and drafting agreements of sale, leases, easements, and similar documents involving the use of real property. She frequently works with clients throughout the property acquisition process to ensure they are meeting due diligence deadlines and working with consultants to review data. Other aspects of Jennifer’s practice include handling tax appeals on behalf of municipalities and taxpayers, as well as handling affordable housing compliance and exclusionary zoning litigation under the Mt. Laurel doctrine on behalf of both municipalities and developers.
Jennifer also has an extensive appellate practice, authoring numerous briefs and having appeared before the New Jersey Appellate Division. She has also petitioned for certification before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Jennifer is a former Deputy Attorney General with the State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, in the Cost Recovery/Natural Resource Damages section. She was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph P. Testa, J.S.C.