Exceeding Expectations

Overview

Rutter & Roy, LLP (formerly Watson, Stevens, Rutter & Roy, LLP) is a long-established regional law firm focused on the complex areas of energy, infrastructure and environment. Founded in 1909, our firm has extensive experience in practice areas that include environmental law, eminent domain, commercial litigation and land use and zoning, as well as commercial real estate, waste management, project planning and appeals. Our attorneys work with clients ranging from Fortune 500 to local corporations, utilizing streamlining strategies to move swiftly through red tape to save our clients time and resources.

Our Culture

Rutter & Roy is committed to fostering a collaborative culture where our attorneys form strong working relationships. We pool our wide body of knowledge and expertise to create value for clients. Together we provide a collegial environment that allows us to share perspectives, experience and skill sets across practice areas to serve all client needs.

Core Values

Integrity, Teamwork and High-Quality Service: The Cornerstones of Our Success.

History

As Rutter & Roy has evolved, its practice areas have remained consistent since the firm represented its first pipeline company in 1950. True to its deep roots established in Central New Jersey, the firm remains focused in the areas of energy, infrastructure and environment.

Complex challenges.
Smart solutions.

Energy

Energy clients benefit from Rutter & Roy’s unique perspective and years of experience navigating the local, state and federal approval processes. We began representing our first energy client in 1950 and are now widely thought of by various municipalities, counties and applicable state regulatory agencies to be a go-to firm for interstate natural gas pipeline projects. We are also well equipped to handle most types of energy projects, including electrical and renewable energy.

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Environment

At Rutter & Roy, our team of environmental attorneys is well-versed on the complex regulations that impact New Jersey. With a long and impressive track record, we have established effective planning and streamlining strategies for navigating the state’s highly regulated environment to obtain the approvals, licenses and permits needed to complete projects while saving our clients time and resources.

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Infrastructure

Building and maintaining the country’s critical infrastructure is never easy. It is particularly challenging when the properties crossed are preserved farmland or are encumbered with Green Acres restrictions, conservation easements or other environmental constraints. Rutter & Roy’s highly knowledgeable team expedites projects by identifying the various environmental and property rights issues along potential routes, and their corresponding regulatory schemes. We prepare very detailed timelines working backwards from the in-service date, determine which public processes are required by the applicable regulatory provisions, and then combine those public processes to the extent allowed by law.

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One word to describe our firm?
Focused.

Eminent Domain

Rutter & Roy has a long history of handling eminent domain (condemnation) cases for private and governmental entities in federal and state court. Our attorneys take a collaborative approach by working closely with the client team and all consultants involved – including land agents, real estate appraisers, engineers and surveyors – to ensure a smooth acquisition process.

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Project Planning

At Rutter & Roy, our attorneys do more than just go to court for our clients. One of the most important aspects of our practice is project planning, and our objectives are the same as our clients’: to successfully complete projects in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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Commercial Litigation

Rutter & Roy assists clients with all aspects of development, from inception to completion. Our knowledgeable attorneys are well-versed in municipal, county and state-level zoning and land use regulations. This deep understanding allows us to deal with a range of issues involving subdivisions, zoning approvals, regulatory compliance, environmental permitting and other required project approvals.

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New Jersey-Specific Issues

New Jersey is one of the most highly regulated states in the country. Companies conducting business in the state benefit from Rutter & Roy’s thorough understanding of regulatory requirements and our ability to navigate this complex environment.

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Appeals

The attorneys at Rutter & Roy have experience handling appeals from trial court decisions as well as appeals of decisions of state and federal agencies. We make sure that the record is solid in the event an appeal is necessary or must be defended.

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Environmental Law

Real estate projects involve environmental approvals and risks. At Rutter & Roy, our team has the experience and judgment required to navigate through the complex maze of local, state and federal environmental regulations. We successfully manage environmental risk by first identifying the necessary permits and approvals, and we then guide clients through the regulatory processes so that each project can be built on time.

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Land Use & Zoning

Rutter & Roy assists clients with all aspects of development, from inception to completion. Our knowledgeable attorneys are well-versed in municipal, county and state-level zoning and land use regulations. This deep understanding allows us to deal with a range of issues involving subdivisions, zoning approvals, regulatory compliance, environmental permitting and other required project approvals. We also coordinate with appraisers, title experts, environmental consultants, engineers, brokers and other industry experts to help ensure the successful completion of a project.

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Waste Management

Clients rely on our knowledge and commitment to advise them on a wide range of government regulations, including facility siting and permitting, licensing of facilities, and licensing of haulers and brokers. Our attorneys are involved in obtaining government approvals, and defending entities and individuals when penalties are issued or licenses are denied, suspended or revoked.

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Commercial Real Estate

When it comes to commercial real estate, Rutter & Roy handles all property-related issues from start to finish. Our firm represents corporations, individuals, religious entities and non-profit organizations.

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