Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

sherri@cooperllc.com

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Sherri brings two decades of public service experience and advocacy to her legal practice. With a reputation that has earned her the trust and respect of colleagues, Sherri draws upon experience both as a legal advisor and municipal official.

Sherri’s practice focuses on municipal, land use, and environmental law. Sherri has extensive experience representing public boards and entities in the defense of prerogative writ actions. Sherri also represents private sector clients in land use development applications as well as challenges to municipal ordinances. She has appeared before various municipal & county Boards, Commissions, administrative agencies, and courts in the State of New Jersey. Her diverse experiences conducting residential real estate and commercial real estate transactions add to the depth of her knowledge of environmental (due diligence), public utility regulations, and administrative agency procedures.

Prior to joining Cooper, LLC, Sherri implemented affordable housing statutes and regulations for the Rahway Housing Authority, and she worked with former Middlesex County Prosecutor Robert Gluck as Special Environmental Prosecutor at Mandelbaum Salsburg’s New Brunswick office. In this role, she litigated Hazmat billback cases and enforced the Solid Waste Management Fees Program with the Middlesex County Health Department, County Improvement Authority, and County Utilities Authority.

Sherri is a frequent lecturer at Middlesex County College on the topics of state and local government, criminal justice, and public speaking. While a professor at Berkeley College, she taught Law & Society, the Art of the Argument, Feminist Theory, Ethics, designed several online courses, and worked for the Writing Center. Sherri has had several of her articles on planning board jurisdiction, redevelopment, municipal law (cell phone violations), Megan’s Law, and voting rights published.

In addition to writing articles and blogs, Sherri is an accomplished painter and has exhibited her paintings at the NJ State Bar Foundations Online Art Exhibit and the New Jersey Law Journal’s Celebration of Lawyer in the Arts. Each year, she participates with her daughter as an Autism Awareness Ambassador. She enjoys spending time with her family and their menagerie of pets (snake, frog, reptiles, and dogs).

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
Drew University, M.A. in English
Franklin & Marshall College, B.A.

Municipal Positions

Chairperson, Edison Township Planning Board
Technical Review Committee (zoning and planning)
President, Edison Township’s Library Board of Trustees

Bar/Court Admissions

New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

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