Ryan J. Scerbo

Ryan Scerbo is a partner in the Teaneck office of DeCotiis. He joined DeCotiis in 1999 and became a partner in 2003. He is a member of the Environmental Law and Green practice groups.

Mr. Scerbo has represented large public clients specializing in energy, wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment and supply, and transportation. Mr. Scerbo has assisted clients in applying for, and complying with, numerous types of state, Federal and local permits and approvals as well as unique land acquisition issues.

Most recently, Mr. Scerbo has also been active in the development of the firm's Green Practice Group.  Mr. Scerbo is experienced in renewable energy regulatory schemes in New Jersey as well as several other states, and has utilized this knowledge to assist clients in evaluating the pros and cons of renewable energy projects.

Mr. Scerbo's practice includes energy and renewable energy development, water supply permitting, flood hazard area permitting, freshwater wetlands permitting, coastal permitting, air permitting, dam safety permitting, historic preservation and wastewater permitting. He represents clients in Administrative Appeals before the Office of Administrative Law concerning permit appeals and permit enforcement actions taken by regulatory entities.  Mr. Scerbo assisted the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in obtaining 14 state and Federal permits and approvals for the widening of the Garden State Parkway between Interchange 30 and Interchange 80 and the construction of two new bridge spans over the Bass and Mullica Rivers.
Mr. Scerbo has also advised the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on issues related to the design and permitting of the widening of the New Jersey Turnpike from Interchange 6 to Interchange 9.  Mr. Scerbo, as the firm's lead attorney for this $2.75 billion project, worked closely with the Authority and its professional consultants to obtain multiple state permits and over 350 parcels of additional right of way, including Preserved Farmlands, Green Acres Property, and state-owned lands.
Mr. Scerbo has also worked with dozens of boards of education, municipalities and counties to procure privately financed solar power purchase agreements.  In addition, Mr. Scerbo has assisted clients in the development of renewable energy projects located on federal installations within and outside of New Jersey.  To date, Mr. Scerbo has been involved in the procurement, financing and development of 125 Mega-watts of solar renewable energy.

Mr. Scerbo has co-authored the following articles regarding renewable energy related topics:

"Environmental Law Turning Toward the Sun" , New Jersey Law Journal (July 2011)

"Local Renewables: An emerging Model for Green Power", Public Utilities Fortnightly (March 2010)

"Public-Private Partnership for Renewable Energy: A Case Study" New Jersey Law Journal (March, 2010)

"A Renewable Approach To State-Imposed RPS," Law360, New York (February, 2010)

"Renewables Portfolio Standards:  the Key to Advancing Renewable Energy," Bloomberg Law Reports - Sustainable Energy (December, 2009)

"Local Government Financing Options for Solar Projects: A Look at Power Purchase Agreements in New Jersey," Bloomberg Law Reports - Sustainable Energy (Vol. 2, No. 11, November, 2009)

"Regional Renewable Energy; A County Shares the Light with Local Governments," New Jersey Municipalities (November, 2009)

Representative Projects:

Public/Private water and wastewater operator contracting - Mr. Scerbo has represented the cities of Rahway, Camden as well as the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority in the procurement of, proposals from private water/wastewater service providers and has assisted clients with the negotiation of long-term operator contracts.  In addition, Mr. Scerbo has been the firm's lead attorney in obtaining approval of the contracts from multiple state agencies.

Ft. Knox Renewable Energy - Mr. Scerbo assisted a private client in the contracting, financing and development of a 2.3 Mega-watt solar project serving the Ft. Knox installation.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority - Widening of Garden State Parkway from Mile Post 30 to Mile Post 80 - This $800 million project consisted of the design and permitting of a third travel lane and shoulders northbound and southbound on the Garden State Parkway between South Toms River and Somers Point, equivalent to over 100 lane miles, as well as the construction of new bridge crossings over the Mullica and Bass Rivers.  Mr. Scerbo, as the firm's lead attorney for this project, worked closely with the Authority and its professional consultants over three years to obtain 14 State and Federal permits and approvals from nine State and Federal regulatory agencies, and multiple parcels of new right of way. 
Mr. Scerbo received his B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Rhode Island in 1996. He was awarded his J.D. by Pace University Law School in 1999. He is a New Jersey native and lifetime resident.
Bar Admissions: 

New Jersey (2000) and New York (1999)


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