Energy, Infrastructure and Environmental Law Firm Has New Name, Rutter & Roy
Freehold Law Firm Rebrands with New Website
Freehold, N.J., April 22, 2016 –The regional law firm, Watson, Stevens, Rutter & Roy, LLP, has changed its name to Rutter & Roy, LLP to better reflect the firm’s current leadership – Michael K. Rutter and Christine A. Roy. Rutter & Roy also has launched a website at www.rutterroy.com.
“The name change reflects the evolution of our firm and our long-term vision for the future,” said Roy. “Our clients have always come first, and our goal is to be responsive to their needs and deliver exceptional value.”
Roy noted that Mark Stevens, a former partner, has stepped back and now retains an “of counsel” title, making this an appropriate time to rebrand. Rutter & Roy has redesigned its logo to reflect the new name, and introduced a website to serve as a valuable resource for clients. The site provides easy access to information about the firm and its attorneys as well as the industries it services.
Since its founding in 1909, Rutter & Roy has focused on the complex areas of energy, infrastructure and environment, primarily in New Jersey and surrounding states. The firm’s team of attorneys has extensive experience in environmental law, eminent domain and land use and zoning, as well as commercial real estate, waste management, project planning and appeals.
Interstate and Intrastate Pipeline Work Reflects Depth of Knowledge at Firm
Rutter & Roy has become well known for its work and knowledge involving New Jersey’s highly regulated energy environment and its impact on interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline projects.
“Utilities and updated infrastructure play an integral role in the prosperity and lifestyle of residents and businesses in this area and throughout the nation,” said Rutter. “Energy companies are working to meet the demands of a growing population by continually investing in modernizing communications, transportation, road and rail networks to improve efficiency. To help streamline these important projects, we work closely with industry clients to identify their specific needs and provide professional resources to ensure that milestones are met in a timely and cost effective manner.”
In addition to energy companies, the firm represents individuals and businesses involved in environmental regulation. As a result of its extensive work throughout the state and region, the firm has lawyers who are very familiar with the important local, state and federal agencies and the laws relevant in the approval process, especially in New Jersey.
Rutter & Roy has built its reputation on its knowledge of the industries it services and strong client relationships. “We work as a team internally and with clients in a very collaborative environment, and our attorneys genuinely care about client goals. They share their perspectives and ideas and deliver the best possible strategies and services through their collective energy and work ethic,” said Rutter.
“Our firm’s unique culture distinguishes it from other law practices and will continue to play an important role in our growth,” Roy added.
Firm Leadership has Experience in Land Use, Real Estate and Environmental Law
Roy joined the firm in 1999 and focuses primarily on environmental law and eminent domain, with extensive experience in land use, transportation and pipeline law and appellate practice. She has handled right of way acquisitions involving interstate natural gas pipeline projects, and has been lead counsel on approximately 100 condemnation actions filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in connection with four major interstate natural gas pipeline projects. Roy is a member and past president of the International Right of Way Association, New Jersey Chapter 15.
Rutter has been a leading attorney at the firm for nearly 35 years, focused on pipeline, condemnation and real estate and environmental law. He has extensive litigation experience in those areas, as well as railroad, insurance law and probate. As a leader within the legal community, he has served as president of the New Brunswick Bar Association, president of the Middlesex County Bar Association, vice president of the Association of County Bar Presidents and president of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation. He was a Middlesex County delegate to the annual NJSBA General Council for more than 20 years, serving on the General Council Executive Committee from 1996 to 1998.