Giordano law firm launches new practice for energy, climate change and public utilities

Red Bank-based law firm Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla announced Monday it has launched an Energy, Climate Change and Public Utilities practice group.

The new practice group will expand on the firm’s role in developing energy policies for the state.

The group will be chaired by shareholder Steven S. Goldenberg, an energy law practitioner. Goldenberg has worked with previous governors in the development of Statewide Energy Master Plans, assisted in the state’s first Energy Resiliency Bank and authored several energy bills that have become laws.

“This practice advances and consolidates Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla’s longstanding practice strengths and allows us to provide a fuller range of services to our commercial and industrial clients, including assisting them in the development of cost-effective energy projects and in their interactions with local utilities,” Michael J. Gross, co-managing shareholder at the firm and a member of the practice group, said.

“The creation of the practice comes at a crucial time as regulators and policy makers continue to address the challenges associated with utility regulation, the energy markets and global warming,” Goldenberg said. “The practice group will be actively involved in all energy initiatives of consequence, from offshore wind, the development of renewable and resilient energy projects and energy efficiency initiatives to regulatory proceedings that address utility issues, infrastructure development and the state’s evolving energy markets.”

Along with Goldenberg and Gross, other members of the group include shareholders Michael A. Bruno, Timothy J. DeHaut, Steven P. Gouin and Marc D. Policastro, and of counsel Steven J. Corodemus. Goldenberg and Corodemus are registered lobbyists.