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Candee Wilde

Candee is an environmental attorney with a diverse practice involving litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. She has considerable experience in statutory contribution and cost recovery actions and related cost allocations under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Her work in this area has involved representations for clients at two high-profile Superfund sediment sites. Candee also provides regulatory counseling to corporations and developers involved in the purchase and sale and/or remediation of brownfield properties including regulatory submissions, redevelopment and remediation issues, contract drafting, and the negotiation and manuscripting of pollution legal liability products. Candee has direct experience in compliance with the Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and other New Jersey environmental statutes.

Candee is highly efficient at managing complex matters and works well with clients to manage goals and expectations as each matter progresses. In addition to her environmental work, Candee devotes significant time to her pro bono practice. She is currently the lead associate on several juvenile lifer and habeas cases. Prior to joining the firm, Candee represented the City of Philadelphia as a civil prosecutor, enforcing city code violations and handling appeals before an administrative court.



  • Representation of three clients in connection with the Lower Passaic River Superfund Site. Currently defending clients in Occidental Chemical Corporation v. 21st Century Fox America, Inc., et al., in which Occidental Chemical Corporation is seeking cost recovery and contribution under the Comprehensive, Environmental, Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) from more than 100 defendants.
  • Representation of three clients in connection with the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site (Woonasquatucket River). Currently defending clients in Emhart v. United States, et al.
  • Represented a client in connection with the Lower Fox River Superfund Site and in defense of NCR Corporation v. Whiting Paper Co. and United States v. NCR Corporation.
  • Negotiated settlements of environmental liability disputes, including liability under ISRA.
  • Advised clients in the purchase and sale of contaminated real estate, as well as compliance with transaction-triggered environmental laws.
  • Provided environmental permitting guidance for various businesses, including landfill and energy projects.
  • Advised clients in matters involving environmental aspects of land use.
  • Provided regulatory counseling to corporations and developers involved in remediation of brownfield properties, including regulatory submissions and redevelopment and remediation issues.
  • Negotiated and manuscripted pollution legal liability products on behalf of developers and corporations.
  • Assistant City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia Law Department, Code Enforcement Unit, 2015-2016
  • Legal Fellow, City of Philadelphia Law Department, Regulatory Affairs Unit, 2014-2015
  • Legal Intern, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel, Region 3, 2013-2014
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Region, 2013

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Litigation - Environmental, 2021
  • Panelist, Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium, Recipient of the ABA SEER “Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award,” 2019
  • Guest Lecturer, Penn State Law School, Civil Procedure: Discovery and Electronically-Stored Information (ESI), 2020
  • Course Mentor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Environmental Lawyering, 2018-Present
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, 2020-Present
  • Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court, 2013-Present
    • Executive Board Secretary, 2019-2021 
    • Executive Board Co-Counselor, 2017-2019
    • Executive Board CLE Coordinator, 2015-2017
  • Young Environmental Professionals Network of Philadelphia
    • Executive Board Secretary, 2016-2019


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2014
    • Executive Editor, Villanova Environmental Law Journal, 2013-2014

    • Staff Writer, Villanova Environmental Law Journal, 2012-2013

  • B.A., Communications, English, University of Utah, 2011
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin