Colleen Donovan, the Commercial Real Estate and Development Transactions practice group chair, is a commercial real estate attorney representing corporations, developers and investors in the disposition, acquisition, development, leasing and financing of commercial real estate projects throughout the North East and the US. Colleen has substantial experience with environmental matters, regularly handling environmental contamination issues associated with the purchase, sale and financing/disposition of contaminated properties and brownfields.
Colleen counsels clients in all aspects of the purchase, sale, leasing and development of real estate frequently involving contaminated properties and often manages the transaction due diligence in those projects including identifying potential risks and liabilities and negotiating purchase and sale agreements and environmental indemnification agreements. Colleen also advises clients with respect to compliance obligations under New Jersey's Industrial Site Recovery Act (formerly the Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act), underground storage tank regulations, and other laws regulating the use and disposition of real estate in New Jersey. She frequently works with environmental consultants, overseeing the preparation of remedial investigations and remedial action work plans, and assists a wide variety of clients with environmental compliance and permitting issues before state agencies. She also represents clients with regard to inspection and compliance reviews for sites throughout the nation. Colleen is a former member of the firm's Executive Board.
Represented Griffin Capital Corporation in connection with its acquisition of a 125,000 sf office building located on 23 acres, which building is fully leased to a pharmaceutical company as its global headquarters
Represented specialty gas company in connection with its lease of a new 240,000 sf headquarters building in Somerset, NJ
Represented global pharmaceutical company in connection with its lease of a 306,000 sf headquarters building in Basking Ridge, NJ
Represented one of the largest chemical companies in North America in the construction and leasing (and subsequent acquisition) of its LEED Platinum, North American headquarters (selected on 2011 as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties' Creative Deal of the Year for New Jersey, as well as the 2011 Real Estate Impact Award from The United Way of Northern New Jersey)
Represented Honeywell International Inc. in connection with its acquisition of its new global headquarters facility in Morris Plains, New Jersey
Represented pharmaceutical distributor in connection with its lease of a build to suit 316,000 sf distribution center in Indiana
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading real estate and environmental attorney in New Jersey, 2007-2017
Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers, (Thomson Reuters), Real Estate, Business 2006-2016
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2007-2017
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell