Michele J. Glass

Director, Environmental

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Ms. Glass brings to Gibbons nearly two decades of experience in all aspects of environmental law. From litigation to corporate and real estate transactions, regulatory matters, insurance, sustainability, and environmental justice considerations, her practice has focused on providing timely, pragmatic, and thoughtful counsel to a diverse, sophisticated clientele. She possesses extensive knowledge of state and federal environmental statutes and regulations, including remediation standards and reporting obligations. Ms. Glass’s expertise also extends to health and safety considerations.

Her experience has involved sustaining compliance with domestic and international environmental, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) and emerging obligations. She has also advised on and managed legacy remediation sites; assessed settlement options and developed strategy for ongoing, complex remediations; cultivated relationships with site and above-site EHS leadership; and advised and assisted on environmental considerations relevant to all phases of corporate and real estate transactions. Her work has entailed utilizing and managing outside counsel as well.

Ms. Glass is a founding member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Renewable Energy, Cleantech & Climate Change Sub-Committee and former Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the NJSBA. Ms. Glass has been active in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), serving three consecutive terms as Co-Chair of the In-House Counsel Committee, followed by a year as the Committee’s Membership Vice-Chair; she is currently serving in an At-Large Vice-Chair capacity on that Committee and as an Additional (Energy Justice) Vice Chair for ABA SEER’s Energy Committee. She was included on the Thomson Reuters New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list from 2009 to 2013 and 2016 to 2019.



Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (J.D., magna cum laude)

  • Certificate in Environmental Law
  • Articles Editor, Pace Environmental Law Review

Cornell University (B.S., magna cum laude, Applied Economics and Management)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER)

  • Additional (Energy Justice) Vice Chair, Energy Committee, July 2023 – present
  • At-Large Vice-Chair, In-House Counsel Committee, July 2023 – present
  • Membership Vice-Chair, In-House Counsel Committee, July 2022 – June 2023
  • Co-Chair, In-House Counsel Committee, July 2019 – June 2022

New Jersey State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section

  • Chair, May 2018 – May 2019
  • Vice Chair, May 2017 – April 2018
  • Secretary, May 2016 – April 2017
  • Treasurer, May 2015 – April 2016
  • Director, June 2013 – June 2018
  • Environmental Law Forum Co-Chair, approximately 2013* – 2023

New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Founding Member, Renewable Energy, CleanTech & Climate Change Committee, Sept. 2010 – Present

NAIOP, 2014-2015

Legal Employment

Corporate Counsel, Environmental Law Group, Pfizer, March 2019 – October 2023

Associate, Cole Schotz P.C., Hackensack, NJ, October 2015 – February 2019

Associate, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, February 2006 – September 2015