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John M. Scagnelli

Scarinci Hollenbeck

Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

John M. Scagnelli

John M. Scagnelli serves as the Chair of the Firm's Environmental and Land Use Law Group. Mr. Scagnelli has had extensive legal experience servicing law firms, businesses and public entities. Prior to joining the firm, he served as legal counsel with Chesebrough-Pond's, Inc. and as Vice President and General Counsel of Allied Maintenance Corporation, a subsidiary of Ogden Corporation. In addition, he serves as a New Jersey Commissioner and Chairman of the Interstate Environmental Commission, a New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State Environmental Commission and served as a member of the Special Puerto Rico Land Administration Commission on Asbestos Issues. Mr. Scagnelli was named to Digital Press International's "The Ten Leaders in Environmental Law in New Jersey" list for 2003-2004. The list, based on more than 95 interviews and 150 peer reviews, identifies the top ten attorneys across the state who have demonstrated leadership and influence in the area of environmental law.

Mr. Scagnelli's legal practice covers the entire environmental law field, including environmental compliance, environmental litigation, environmental auditing, environmental permitting and environmental counseling. He serves as environmental counsel for banks and lending institutions, commercial and industrial companies, states and municipalities, real estate development organizations, and other organizations.

Mr. Scagnelli's environmental work includes projects relating to state environmental transaction statutes such as the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA); the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); state spill cleanup and reporting statutes; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts; federal and state Hazard Communication and Right-to-Know Legislation; federal and state occupational safety and health statutes; federal and state asbestos requirements; and federal and state underground storage tank regulations. 

While at Allied, the largest United States aviation bulk fuel operator, Mr. Scagnelli did significant work relating to underground storage tanks and participated in the Ad Hoc Underground Storage Tank Coalition, which included representatives from the major oil companies.  He has also worked in the area of environmental impairment liability insurance (EIL) coverage and with waste to energy and resource recovery projects.

Mr. Scagnelli has also served as special environmental counsel to a number of public authorities and municipalities, including the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority, and the Jersey City Redevelopment Authority, and the cities of Elizabeth and Hoboken, among others.

Mr. Scagnelli has participated extensively in environmental organizations, conferences and international legal and business delegations. Among other organizations, he is a Member of the American Bar Association Sections of International Law and Practice and National Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, the National Institute for Environmental Auditing, the Authorities Association of New Jersey and its Solid Waste Committee, the New Jersey and New York State Bar Environmental Law Sections, and a Director of the Water Resources Association for the Delaware River Basin ("WRA/DRB") where he has served as Chairman of WRA/DRB's Program and Special Education Committees. 

In 1990, Mr. Scagnelli was appointed by the Executive Director of the Land Administration, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to a special Commonwealth Commission to deal with asbestos legal issues relating to the redevelopment of the former El Conquistador Hotel on the island.  In 1991, Mr. Scagnelli was appointed as a New Jersey Commissioner on the Interstate Sanitation Commission, a tri-state environmental agency with jurisdiction over water and air pollution in the New York - New Jersey - Connecticut Region.  In 1994, Mr. Scagnelli served on an American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice working group reviewing proposed environmental laws for the Country of Cambodia. In 2001, Mr. Scagnelli served as a member of New Jersey Governor McGreevey's Transition Team for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Scagnelli was named to the 2007 edition of New Jersey Monthly Magazine's "New Jersey Super Lawyers."

Mr. Scagnelli served as Editor of Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy, a national monthly environmental Newsletter published by Leader Publications, Inc., and has published and edited widely in the environmental law field. He has written a chapter in the Environmental Law Handbook, Sixteenth Edition, a nationally recognized environmental law compendium, and has written articles on natural resource damages, pollution prevention and waste minimization, lender environmental liability, environmental auditing, international environmental legal issues, underground storage tanks, the regulation of sanitary landfills, and other topics. Mr. Scagnelli has taught in several University of Wisconsin environmental law programs sponsored by that School's Engineering Department and has taught environmental law subjects in programs sponsored by Government Institutes, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and Executive Enterprises, Inc.


  • Yale Law School (JD, 1975)
  • Yale University (BA, summa cum laude, 1972)

Bar Admissions

  • 1976, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 1979, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
  • 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1984, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • Institute of Environmental Auditing
  • Authorities Association of New Jersey (Solid Waste Committee)
  • New York State Mediation (Board Member)
  • Waste Resources Association, Delaware Water Basin (Director)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association

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