Frances B. Stella

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Pennsylvania


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., Environmental Law Certificate, 1991
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1984
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Frances Stella is Chair of Brach Eichler's Environmental & Land Use Practice Group and has 25 years of experience in Federal and State environmental litigation, site remediation and environmental regulatory compliance and permitting counseling in real estate redevelopment and transactions. Her environmental practice includes handling CERCLA and New Jersey Spill Act claims and compliance issues, natural resource damage claims, cost recovery/contribution litigation and mediation, environmental insurance coverage litigation, environmental enforcement defense, permitting, defense of toxic torts, asbestos and vapor intrusion claims, and government compliance environmental investigations and audits. She handles site remediation negotiations with both State and Federal environmental agencies and contracts with and supervises environmental consulting firms to develop and implement remedial activities in her role as Common Counsel for PRP groups at Superfund sites and for redevelopers.


  • Handled negotiation involving an incentive project to install a P4P Combine Heat and Power energy service for a university in New Jersey.
  • Assessed environmental conditions and counseled national company that purchased subdivided contaminated site for the purpose of leasing solar energy assets on contaminated property.
  • Common counsel for PRP Group at the Caldwell Trucking Superfund Site in Fairfield, New Jersey.
  • Common counsel for PRP Group at the Barceloneta Landfill Superfund Site in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.
  • Counsel for property owner of a New York City School in defending vapor intrusion toxic tort suits by students and teachers, and coordinating remediation of school with NYSDEC and NYSDOH with long-term vapor intrusion mitigation systems.
  • Counsel for large oil company and petroleum marketing companies on various facets of environmental compliance related to gas stations' operations and remediations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • Counsel for large oil company and petroleum marketing companies on USEPA UST compliance enforcement actions in New York and New Jersey.
  • Counsel for Elmira, New York foundry on Federal and State civil and criminal enforcement actions, obtained all necessary operating permits including Title V and RCRA permits.
  • Counsel for metal racking manufacturer on air violations and modification of Title V permit.
  • Counsel for property owner and property manager of buildings surrounding Ground Zero in defense of building service personnel injury claims arising from alleged contamination resulting from the World Trade Center Terrorist attacks.
  • Counsel for environmental consultants to EPA in an EPA-led clean-up of a New Jersey Superfund site in defense of property owner's claims for property value diminution and contamination stigma damages attributable to errors and omissions by the consultant in its conduct of the federal cleanup.
  • Counsel to purchaser of a Newark, NJ hospital with respect to its assumption of an ongoing environmental remediation at the purchased hospital property.
  • Handled negotiations to resolve Title V Air Permitting enforcement action against oil company.
  • Defended former tenant, which historically conducted manufacturing operations at landlord's property, to defeat former landlord's efforts to secure NJDEP re-opener of a No Further Action determination in order to assert New Jersey Spill Act claims.


  • "Environmental Lender Liability: Identifying Risks and Opportunities," The Knowledge Group Webinar (September 26, 2017)



Frances was named in 2009 as a Women of Influence in Real Estate by Real Estate New Jersey. She was also profiled as an Executive Woman in Business by the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal in 2010.

She is a Master of the Justice Stewart Pollock Environmental American Inns of Court.


NJDEP Changes Remediation Investigation Public Notification RequirementsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 26, 2018

NJDEP Announces Updated Pesticide Remediation Technical GuidanceEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 21, 2018

Governor Murphy Signs Clean Energy LegislationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | May 25, 2018

Appellate Division Upholds the ExxonMobil Natural Resource Damage SettlementEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | February 15, 2018

NJDEP Announces Adoption of New Ground Water Remediation StandardsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 18, 2018

The New Jersey Appellate Division Invalidates NJDEP’s ISGWQC for PFNAEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 27, 2017

NJDEP Updates Soil Remediation Standards for 19 CompoundsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 21, 2017

EPA Documents Severe Corrosion in Diesel USTs Unnoticed by Tank OwnersEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | August 26, 2016

TSCA Reform Bill Now LawEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 22, 2016

Congress Passes TSCA Reform BillEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 9, 2016

NJ Counties Settle with EPA Over UST ViolationsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 25, 2015

Government Seeks Hefty Sentence for Concealment of Damaged PipelineEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 2, 2015

EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers Finalize Clean Water RuleEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | May 28, 2015

DEP Revises Guidance for IECs and Soil Investigation and RemediationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | March 27, 2015

Settlement in IBM Vapor Intrusion Case in Upstate New YorkEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | February 19, 2015

NJ Supreme Court Rules No Statute of Limitations in Spill Act CasesEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 28, 2015

Rubright Named Associate of the QuarterEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 19, 2014

Governor Cuomo Bans Hydraulic Fracturing in New YorkEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 18, 2014

COAH Deadlocked on Affordable Housing RulesEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | October 22, 2014

NJ Supreme Court Decision Requires Modification of Arbitration Clauses in ContractsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 25, 2014

DEP Settles With Occidental in Passaic River LitigationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 15, 2014

New York Local Zoning Law on Fracking Bans Are Not PreemptedEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | July 1, 2014

New York Legislature Extends Brownfields Cleanup LawEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 27, 2014

US Supreme Court Finds North Caroline Law Preempts CERCLA’s Discovery RuleEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June11, 2014

Current Property Owner Found Liable for Mercury Clean-Up at Kiddie KollegeEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 3, 2014

EPA Selects Remedy for Lower Passaic RiverEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 21, 2014

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Agrees to Pay Largest Recovery for Environmental Cleanup in DOJ HistoryEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 8, 2014

New Jersey Appellate Division Directs NJDEP to Take Action Regarding RGGIEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 3, 2014

Kodak Settles with the Government to Pay Costs for Clean-up at Sites in New York and New JerseyEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | March 20, 2014

Notice of Roof Mounted Solar Panels Now RequiredEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | February 10, 2014

Site Remediation Reform Act - Follow upEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 27, 2014

New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill Extending the May 2014 Deadline for Site InvestigationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 16, 2014

Minneapolis Residents File Class Action Suit Against General Mills over TCE Vapor IntrusionEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 8, 2014

EPA Adopts the 2013 ASTM Standard – E1527-13 for All Appropriate Inquires For CERCLA Innocent Landowner Liability ProtectionsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 7, 2014

COAH Saga Continues: Do Builders Remedy Lawsuits Loom?Environmental & Land Use Blog | December 23, 2013

U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico Limits the Pollution Exclusion Clauses to Afford Coverage to InsuredsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 12, 2013

CITGO Petroleum Corp. to pay $23.25 million to settle MTBE contamination claimsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | November 12, 2013

Brach Eichler Launches New Subsidiary, Brach Eichler Government Affairs LLCEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | November 5, 2013

Brach Eichler Launches Criminal Defense and Government Investigations PracticeEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | November 1, 2013

Touted as the Way to Make NJ Competitive, the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 Has Been Signed Into LawEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 23, 2013

EPA Amends Rule for All Appropriate Inquiries StandardEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | August 22, 2013

Third Circuit Holds RCRA Cases Shall Be Brought in District CourtEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | August 12, 2013

EPA's Rule on Portland Power Plant AffirmedEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | July 31, 2013

NJDEP Advises Responsible Parties of May 7, 2014 Deadline for Remedial WorkEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 26, 2013

Illinois Passes Fracking LegislationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | June 20, 2013

$216 Million Verdict Against ExxonMobil Over MTBE UseEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 15, 2013

NY Court Rejects Challenge to Spectra Energy's Right to Construct Natural Gas Pipeline in NY-NJEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | February 8, 2013

Hot Topic for 2013...FrackingEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 26, 2012

EPA Pushed to Release Draft Vapor Intrusion GuidelinesEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | December 17, 2012

ALERTEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | November 26, 2012

New Jersey Appellate Division Finds Liability For Owner Who Fails to Conduct Due Diligence Pre-1993Environmental & Land Use Blog | November 13, 2012

NJ Supreme Court Affirms that Spill Act Requires a Reasonable Link Between Discharge and Contamination to Hold an Operator LiableEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 28, 2012

EPA Adds Essex County Site to National Priorities List for Superfund Clean-upEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | September 21, 2012

New Jersey Governor Signs Solar LegislationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | July 25, 2012

NYSDEC Announces Final Cleanup Plan for Harbor at Hastings Hudson River SiteEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | May 18, 2012

Hess Corp. Agrees to Settlement with EPA for Clean Air Act ViolationsEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 27, 2012

Happy New Year...There are 125 Days Left to Ort-In to the New Jersey LSRP Program for Site RemediationEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | January 3, 2012

New Chemical Data Reporting Begins February 2012Environmental & Land Use Blog | September 22, 2011

NJDEP Releases Final Proposed Rules to Implement SRRAEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | August 17, 2011

NJ Appelate Divistion Holds NJDEP Must Prove Nexus Between Discharge and Contamination Under Spill ActEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 14, 2011

NJDEP Issues Oversight Process Under SRRA For RCRA, CERCLA, and Federal Facility SitesEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | April 7, 2011

EPA Postpones Deadline for GHG Emissions Reporting to September 2011Environmental & Land Use Blog | March 21, 2011

Oversight Fees to NJDEPEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | Monday, January 24, 2011

New Article on Site Remediation Professional ProgramEnvironmental & Land Use Blog | Monday, December 13, 2010