Debra S. Rosen


Debra concentrates her practice in the area of complex environmental and toxic tort litigation and environmental due diligence and compliance with an emphasis upon the defense of groundwater contamination cases involving claims for both property damage and serious personal injury.

Debra’s work has been in both state and federal courts and she has handled matters in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Michigan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Debra also has significant experience in other litigation matters including products  liability and chemical workplace exposure cases. She also advises clients on transactions involving purchase and redevelopment of brownfields. Debra also frequently counsels clients on environmental compliance issues with a focus on Underground Storage Tank regulations and Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) requirements and is well-versed in the new Site Remediation Reform Act and the Licensed Site Remediation Professional program. She frequently represents clients in compliance and enforcement matters with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Office of Administrative Law.

Debra is admitted to the bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the United Sates District Courts, District of New Jersey and Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Debra is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Camden County Bar Associations and has been named to New Jersey Super Lawyers in Environmental Law. Debra is also active in the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She regularly speaks on both environmental law issues and diversity and inclusion issues facing the legal profession.

Debra has been an attorney with Archer & Greiner since 1986 and she became a shareholder of the firm in 1994. Debra is a member of both Archer & Greiner’s Personnel Committee and the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is also a founding member and Co-Chairperson for the Archer & Greiner Women Lawyer’s Network. She earned her law degree, with honors, from Rutgers School of Law - Camden in 1986 and her Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Dickinson College in 1983.


Representative Experience

  • Served as trial counsel in the first arbitration under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, which included the development of proposed procedural guidelines later substantially adopted and codified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the final rules promulgated by the Department.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in the defense of underground storage tank environmental contamination cases in various matters throughout the Middle Atlantic states which typically involve claims for personal injury and property damage related to groundwater contamination with amounts in controversy frequently exceeding $1,000,000
  • Served as lead counsel with respect to environmental claims against a petrochemical company at over 150 sites in ten states which involved complex hydrogeologic issues, including hydrocarbon fingerprinting and aging analysis, as well as multiple legal issues under the applicable cost recovery statues and common lawAdvised major petrochemical company on due diligence and environmental issues related to purchase of brownfields petroleum terminal property in New Jersey
  • Served as lead trial counsel in the defense of benzene exposure case in claimed workplace exposure to petroleum products


Professional and Community Involvement

Current Board Service

  • New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals – Steering Committee
  • Burlington County Council, Boy Scouts of America – Vice President, Legal

Current Professional Organization Membership

  • Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey – Environment Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Camden County (N.J.) Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Prior Professional and Community Leadership Positions

  • New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals – Co-Chairperson 
  • YMCA School’s Out – Parent Representative


Awards and Recognition

  • Named a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” in Environmental Law for 2006, 2008 - 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Recognized by SJ Magazine in its “Top Attorneys” edition for Brownfields (2009-2011, 2014)


Articles and Presentations

  • New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act Makes Major Changes to Clean-Up Process, Client Advisory, 2009.
  • Old Dog, New Trick: Cost-Benefit Analysis in DEP Decision-Making, New Jersey Law Journal, December 13, 2010, Vol. 202 No. 11.
  • Know Thyself: Affinity Bias in the Legal Profession By: Stella Tsai and Debra Rosen, Women Advocate Newsletter, American Bar Association, March 9, 2015


Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law

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