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Zachary A. Klein


In light of the First Law of Ecology (“Everything is connected to everything”), it would be inappropriate to say that Zachary (“Zak”) Klein only focuses his practice on Environmental Law. Whether it’s transactional due diligence, business permitting and compliance, or municipal reclamation projects, Zak prides himself on comprehensively analyzing legal concerns and identifying creative solutions to facilitate positive outcomes for clients across Parker McCay’s practice areas. Zak is also the inaugural chair of Parker McCay's Sustainability Committee, which focuses on reducing waste and amplifying environmental concerns across firm operations.

Prior to joining Parker McCay, Zak developed insight into environmental law as an Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow with the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The fellowship provided him with hands-on experience and scholarship opportunities at the cutting edge of environmental law, ranging from federal authorization of offshore aquaculture to state-level tools for preventing the spread of invasive species. Zak joined Parker McCay from a nonprofit, where his portfolio primarily involved advocating for natural resource protections and developing legislation to reduce plastics pollution.

A New Jersey native, Zak now resides in Mt. Holly with his girlfriend and their two dogs, Buddy and Dexter. When he isn’t traveling or seeking out the best of the region's gluten-free fare, Zak is adding to his record collection or attending live music events.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association - Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER)

New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

New Jersey State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section

Burlington County Bar Association


News & Speaking Engagements


“Chapter N: Marine Resources,” Catherine Janasie and Terra Bowling, eds., in The Year in Review 2021, A.B.A. SECTION OF ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES (2022),

Zachary Klein, Exploring Options for Granting Property Rights to Offshore Aquaculture Operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone, 11 SEA GRANT L. AND POLICY J. 15 (2021),

Zachary Klein, Sea Level Rise in Ossining – Consequences of Rezoning and Obligation to Maintain Westerly Road, NSGL Doc. # NSGLC-20-04-04 (May 27, 2020),

Zachary Klein, “Trouble in Paradise? First Lawsuit Filed Over Vineyard Wind Project,” NAT’L SEA GRANT CTR. BLOG (Aug. 5, 2021),

Zachary Klein, “National Sea Grant Law Center Celebrates Black History Month: Remembering the Wade- ins,” NAT’L SEA GRANT L. CTR. BLOG (Feb. 18, 2021),

“Chapter O: Marine Resources,” Catherine Janasie and Terra Bowling, eds., in The Year in Review 2020, A.B.A. SECTION OF ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES (2021),

Zachary Klein, “Massachusetts’ Permitting of Lobster Fishing in Hot Water Over ESA Violation,” NAT’L SEA GRANT L. CTR. BLOG (May 19, 2020),

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Practice Areas


  • Boston College Law School (J.D. 2019)
  • The George Washington University (B.A. 2015)


  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
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