Eric  J.  Sapir


Office:   Newark
Phone:   973-642-1188
Fax:   973-642-6773

2nd Office:  New York

Union College, B.A.
Fordham University Law School, J.D. 

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Rick joined Hawkins upon graduation from law school in 1986 as an associate in the solid waste and municipal utilities group. He soon began working on waste-to-energy projects which launched his career as a public contracts lawyer in the solid waste, recycling, water, wastewater, residuals, renewable energy and social infrastructure fields. Rick has worked exclusively as owner’s representative and has helped structure, procure, draft and negotiate contracts involving every form of complex alternative delivery method.

Rick has served as lead negotiating counsel for over 100 engagements on complex public contracts. His practice spans North America where he has served as special counsel for the development of environmental facilities in over 20 States, three Provinces and two Territories. Rick’s services regularly include advising on project planning and delivery matters, structuring of the procurement to ensure compliance with law and to maximize the optimal competition, preparation of procurement documents, helping clients review, clarify, understand and evaluate proposals, and the drafting and negotiation of the key project agreements.

Among the clients that Rick has assisted with complex infrastructure projects are: the City of Los Angeles (Waste-to-Energy); Metro Vancouver (BC) (Waste-to-Energy); City of Vancouver, WA (Wastewater); California American Water (Drinking Water Desal); Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (Residuals Processing, Digester Gas-to-Energy and Solar); Tacoma, WA (Wet Weather Wastewater Upgrade); City of Fillmore, CA (Wastewater Treatment); Monmouth County, NJ (Waste-to-Energy, Baling, Landfill Gas-to-Energy, Leachate Treatment, Recycling, Household Hazardous, Waste, Bulky Waste Transportation and Disposal and Solar); Metro Vancouver (Waste-to-Energy); Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (RDF, Landfill Gas-to-Energy and Baling/Transfer); Fulton County, GA (Wastewater Treatment); Nashville, TN (Residuals Processing); San Marcos, TX (Water and Wastewater); Halifax Metropolitan Authority (Waste-to-Energy); County of Hawaii (Waste-to-Energy); New Hanover County, NC (Waste-to-Energy, MRF, Transfer, Transportation and Disposal); Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (Waste-to-Energy); Wake County, NC (Landfill Gas-to-Energy, Landfill DBO); Spokane County, WA (Wastewater); Orangeville, Ont. (Wastewater); Glasgow, KY (Landfill Gas-to-Energy); Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority, NJ (Cogen and Residuals Processing); Clarkstown, NY (Transfer Station); Greensboro, NC (Recycling and Transfer, Transportation and Disposal); New Jersey School Construction Authority (School) and New Jersey City University (Dormitories).

Rick is the Legal Advisory Member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and is an active member of the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities and the New Jersey/New York/Connecticut Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America. Rick has lectured on solid waste and municipal utility issues before several forums including the Solid Waste Association of North America, the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Biocycle, Water Environment Federation, the Compost Council, the EPA LMOP Program, the Public Securities Association, the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities, the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste, and he is a faculty member for a class provided at the annual Wastecon Conference regarding the development of waste-to-energy facilities.

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