Peter J. Fontaine

Peter J. Fontaine, Haddonfield
2023 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Nominee

Haddonfield resident Peter (“Pete”) Fontaine has been an open space preservation and environmental leader in Camden County, statewide, and nationally since 1990, when he started his legal career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His 33 years of public service in this area has included helping secure the passage of state, county, and local open space public referendum ballot questions in 1998, 2005, 2006, and 2013, and helping preserve more than 2,000 acres of farmland and open space in Camden County while chairing the County’s Open Space Advisory Committee from 1999-2013. 

As the leader of his law firm’s Environmental Practice and Climate Change team, Pete helps his clients to clean up and prevent environmental pollution. He has played a critical role in defending climate scientists and the broader scientific research community against anti-science misinformation attacks, legal work for which he received several awards, including the “Defender of Science” award.  

Pete is a board member of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, an internationally recognized raptor conservation, and research organization, and is a former board member of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

Learn more: Camden County Open Space Advisory Committee