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Ellen Radow Sadat




Ellen Radow Sadat practices in the areas of air, hazardous substance and water regulation at both the New Jersey and federal levels.  Ellen is frequently called upon by Fortune 500 chemical and pharmaceutical companies and others to provide compliance and environmental transactional advice, to represent them in administrative permitting and enforcement matters, and to negotiate with the agencies on their behalf. She represented companies that participated in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) pilot facility-wide permit program.  In addition, Ellen represents companies subject to hazardous substance cleanups at the state and federal levels and in related private party disputes, as well as strategically managing ISRA requirements.

She has led internal environmental investigations and counseled clients performing audits, often resulting in self-reporting of violations and negotiating settlement agreements with the NJDEP or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ellen previously served as an attorney at the EPA Region 2 Air and Superfund Branches and held various positions in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before entering private practice in 1987.  While she was at the NJDEP, Ellen was a primary author of New Jersey's NJPDES Regulations, the state’s key water discharge control program.  She also was responsible for air, hazardous waste, solid waste, noise and pesticide enforcement.

She currently serves on NJDEP's Air Industrial Advisory Group.  She lectures frequently on air and cleanup issues and is the editor of the firm's New Jersey Air News andNew Jersey Environmental News.

Civic Board Memberships. Ellen served on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association, was a board member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County, and was a member, as well as a former vice president, of the Exchange Club of Greater Princeton.

Professional Memberships. Ellen is the former vice chair of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, a member of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Chemistry Council of New Jersey, a former member of the Association of Environmental Authorities, and the Water Environment Federation, and is active in the Environmental and Natural Resource Sections of the American and New Jersey State Bar Associations.  She was legislatively appointed to the Small Business Assistance Program established under the Clean Air Act.

In General. Ellen is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars.  She served as adjunct professor of environmental law at Farleigh Dickinson University, 1978-1982.

Areas of Practice

  • Clean Air Act and NJ Air Pollution Control Act
  • Clean Water Act and NJ Water Pollution Control Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and NJ Solid Waste Management Act
  • New Jersey Industrial Site Remediation Act
  • Environmental Penalty Defense
  • Environmental Contamination and Site Remediation Issues

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey


  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science and Program for Administrators

Published Works

  • New Jersey Air News, Environmental Law Newsletter, September 4, 2008
  • A Glimpse into the NJDEP, 2010
  • New Jersey Needs Legislation before Imposing Hefty New Emission Fees , 2010
  • Emissions Fees on Northern New Jersey Major Facilities , 2010
  • Draft DEP Guidance Calls for Local Zoning Approval for Cleanups that Could Delay or Block Remediation or Development Projects , 2009
  • Development Rights Restricted by New Sewer Service Area Maps, but Help May Be on its Way, 2009
  • New Jersey Air News and New Jersey Environmental News (Editor & Author)

Representative Clients

  • Privately held multi-million+ dollar companies
  • Publicly traded Fortune 500 companies


  • Lectures and conferences concerning NJ Air Pollution Control Act (Operating Permit issues) and NJ Remediation Issues

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Central New Jersey Air & Waste Management Association, Former Vice President
  • New Jersey Business & Industry Association, New Jersey Chemical Industry Council, Association of Environmental Authorities, and Water Environment Federation, Former Member
  • NJDEP Air Industrial Advisory Group, Participant

Past Employment Positions

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Partner
  • Cohen Shapiro Polisher Shiekman & Cohen, Partner
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, Assistant Regional Counsel
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Rutgers University, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law
  • Farleigh Dickinson University, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law

Pro Bono Activities

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care