Christopher J. McAuliffe

Christopher J. McAuliffe is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice. Mr. McAuliffe focuses his practice on environmental matters. He provides advice and representation with respect to environmental restrictions on new development, climate change laws, and compliance with water pollution control and air pollution control requirements, as well as solid and hazardous waste, site remediation, brownfields, natural resource damages, and environmental cleanup cost recovery matters.

Mr. McAuliffe provides advice with respect to the environmental disclosures of publicly traded companies. He also assists in obtaining the approvals required for projects within the Highlands region of New Jersey including defending those approvals in administrative and New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division proceedings. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. McAuliffe provided legal advice and representation to the electric delivery, gas delivery, and electric-generating business of a corporation with regard to matters arising under environmental law, real estate, land use, intellectual property, and OSHA. Mr. McAuliffe has an extensive background in environmental due diligence for the acquisition of assets and companies.

Mr. McAuliffe's practice highlights include negotiating one of the first voluntary consent decrees in the utility industry to resolve allegations of noncompliance with new source review (NSR) and prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) requirements; representing clients on land and waterbody environmental cleanup sites including the Passaic River and Newark Bay complex; obtaining the environmental approvals needed for New Jersey's largest utility to divest its electric generation business into a new affiliated company without triggering site remediation obligations under New Jersey's Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA); obtaining concurrence from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that ISRA did not apply to the transfer of a petroleum refinery, terminal, tank farm and pipeline to a newly created company; and providing environmental compliance assistance for facilities located in five states. He is experienced in advising clients with respect to permits under the Clean Water Act for cooling water intake structures at power plants and compliance with the Clean Air Act's restrictions on engine manufacturing. Mr. McAuliffe has published and spoken on environmental compliance issues, and regularly moderates panel presentations on renewable energy and green technology innovations.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. McAuliffe was vice president of environmental, litigation, and employment in the law department of PSEG Services Corporation. In this position, he managed a group of lawyers and paralegals that provided environmental, litigation, and employment legal services to the corporation.

Mr. McAuliffe received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1993, where he was editor-in-chief of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990.

Mr. McAuliffe is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Environment, 2) Energy, 3) Oil & Gas, 4) Electric Energy, 5) Renewable Energy, 6) Clean Technology, 7) & Sustainability, 8) Wind Energy, 9) Climate Change, 10) Environmental Practice: Energy Industry and 11) Nuclear Energy
Law School Boston College Law School
Education College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1990)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of New York, State Bar Of New Jersey
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Relevant Jobs
Contracts Manager
USA-VA-Herndon

Job Summary: As a member of the Legal department, the Contract Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of the contracts entered into by the Clearinghouse from the time ...

Apply now

Land Use Associate
USA-CA-Century City

Prominent law firm in Los Angeles seeks a Land Use associate for its Century City office.  This is a unique opportunity to join a select group of distinguished attorneys in a land use and government ...

Apply now

Assistant, General Counsel - M&a
USA-FL-Miami

Assistant, General Counsel - M&A The candidate will serve as the principal attorney supporting the Company’s global M&A and strategic investment activities. Will work with the Company’s Business ...

Apply now

+ View more jobs
Andrew Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. Mr. Hamilton practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, securities law, and general corporate counseling.

Anthony C. DeCusatis
Anthony C. DeCusatis

Anthony C. DeCusatis is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice.He also represents and counsels utilities and nonutility energy suppliers on emerging issues created by the transition from regulation to competitive markets.

Daniel E. Chefitz
Daniel E. Chefitz

Daniel E. Chefitz is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Mr. Chefitz concentrates his practice on policyholder insurance recovery counseling and litigation.