Kathleen A. Hirce
Katie Hirce focuses her environmental compliance practice on highly complex environmental matters and has significant experience in the petrochemical and gasoline industries.
She advises clients, including a Fortune 500 oil company, on environmental investigations and remediations at former refinery, terminal and service station properties, in compliance, regulatory, claims and litigation matters. In addition, Katie manages claims and litigation related to releases from underground storage tanks and other sources.
Katie handles all aspects of environmental law, including policy, enforcement, regulatory compliance, negotiations and settlements with regulatory entities, pursuit of potentially responsible parties (PRPs), permits, audits, remediation, property transfers, Superfund matters, environmental risk assessments and management of environmental liabilities.
Prior to joining MARC, Katie completed a fellowship with the Media Law Resource Center, a not-for-profit corporation in New York, where she also worked as a staff attorney in 2013. She first joined MARC in 2007 and has been included twice on the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Katie’s practice has also included employment litigation and First Amendment law. A former magazine reporter and editor, Katie also has defended media organizations in defamation and privacy claims.
Katie volunteers as a mentor with the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP, Inc.), the non-profit organization based at Seton Hall University School of Law that offers law-related and college-access programming to Newark middle and high school students and guidance to NJ LEEP alumni who are in college.
- Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2005
- Member, Seton Hall Circuit Review
- Bryn Mawr College, A.B., English, 1998
- New Jersey, 2005
- New York, 2007
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2005
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2009
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
Honors and Awards
- Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List, 2010, 2012
- NJLEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project), Attorney Mentor, 2015–current
- “Sloppy Journalism Is Not Malice,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, First Amendment & Media Litigation Committee (Sept. 25, 2012)
- Hon. Dorothea O’C. Wefing, presiding judge, New Jersey Appellate Division, 2005-2006