Administrative Law

The administrative legal team at Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody & Agnello, P.C. assists a broad range of clients, including individuals, corporations, and municipalities.  The firm's lawyers have significant administrative law experience, and have consistently produced success for the firm's clients in hearings before numerous New Jersey state agencies, including the Office of Administrative Law, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Public Utilities

The collective experience of Carella Byrne attorneys is invaluable to public utility clients.  The firm has successfully worked on behalf of electrical, gas, water, cable television, and telecommunication companies.  The firm has extensive experience helping these companies negotiate and resolve a number of legal matters, including:

  • Rate applications
  • Alternative energy and cogeneration
  • Solid waste and resource recovery projects
  • Utility-related public issue negotiations

Carella Byrne is also a proven legal resource and trusted representative for independent power producers.  The firm's administrative team routinely assists these clients with:

  • Project development
  • Preparation of power purchase agreements
  • Appearances before the BPU
  • Obtaining of all federal, state, and local final permits

With broad knowledge of the utility industry and its regulations, Carella Byrne skillfully develops practical packages to assist communities in the enactment of appropriate tax abatement programs.  The firm's reputation for thoroughness and creativity also encompasses its noteworthy preparation of merger proposals for utilities, ensuring access to utilities for communities while facilitating productive business models in this sector.

Carella Byrne also has substantial experience in orchestrating privatization projects, which are a means of replacing revenue lost due to state and federal funding cuts.  The administrative team's attorneys work closely with the investment community to obtain financing and explore local development incentives.  This value-added perspective enabled Carella Byrne to serve as counsel in New Jersey's first privatization of a municipal waste water and water system under the Water and Wastewater Supply Privatization Acts.


The experienced administrative lawyers at Carella Byrne are well-versed in all areas of federal, state, and local statutes, as well as regulations governing environmental matters, including the Industrial Site Recovery Act and Superfund Amendments.  With a diverse practice serving a diverse array of clients, Carella Byrne provides counsel within a wide scope of transactional and litigation areas.  The administrative team is also skilled in defending insureds against regulatory actions and litigating on their behalf to enforce coverage.

Carella Byrne's attorneys are equally adept at representing insurers requiring assistance in defending against claims, including those of other co-insurers.  The firm assists individual property owners in matters related to zoning and planning, complaints, and objections to development siting.  Carella Byrne also counsels municipal and various governmental agencies in environmental and regulatory matters.