Cole Schotz P.C.



Gerard M. Giordano

New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6306 / C: 973-634-1457 / F: 201-678-6306
Legal Practice Assistant: Chris Uscher
T: 201-489-3000, ext 5074


Gerard M. Giordano is special counsel in the firm's Environmental Department. His practice includes counseling clients with regard to federal and state environmental regulations, compliance programs, corporate health and safety issues, as well as real estate and commercial transactions. He is also involved in litigating complex environmental cost recovery and insurance matters.

Since joining the firm in 1992, Gerard's notable matters have included participating in:

  • Providing a defense to an international steel distributor against bodily injury and property damage claims arising from alleged environmental contamination, with the claims being dismissed;
  • Cost recovery suits on behalf of car dealers, developers, shopping center owners, manufacturers, retailers and landlords against other responsible parties and insurance companies in which the firm was successful in obtaining significant reimbursement of the client’s cleanup costs; and
  • Obtaining insurance coverage for a variety of clients for the investigation and cleanup of environmental contamination.

Gerard has also represented a number of clients in OSHA-related matters.

A member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the New Jersey Bar Association and American Bar Association, he has written a number of published articles regarding environmental and OSHA law.

Gerard earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and B.S. from Rutgers University.

Prior to law school, Gerard worked for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration as an industrial hygiene compliance officer.


Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1988; Seton Hall Law Review, Notes and Comments EditorUniversity of Colorado, M.P.A., 1983Rutgers University, B.S., 1974

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1988U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1988



"Better Late Than Never" Doesn’t Work for Claims Made Policies

Environmental & Energy Law Monitor February 24, 2016

Gerard M. Giordano
OSHA Issues Final Rules On Reporting Injuries In The Workplace

Environmental & Energy Law Monitor October 1, 2014

Gerard M. Giordano
The Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Not Be That “Absolute”

Environmental & Energy Law Monitor August 20, 2014

Gerard M. Giordano
Think Twice Before Throwing Out Those Old Business Records

Environmental & Energy Law Monitor January 6, 2014

Gerard M. Giordano
What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About OSHA

A Cole Schotz Publication March 1, 2007

Weaving Straw into Gold

New Jersey Law Journal Reconstructing insurance coverage, while difficult, can be invaluable June 26, 2006

Ruling Makes It Harder to Recoup Cleanup Cost

New Jersey Lawyer CERCLA contribution at issue March 21, 2005

OSHA's Top Ten Citations

Environmental & Energy Law Monitor February 9, 2012


For Important Legal Updates and Resources on the Coronavirus Click Here.