Biography

James is a Director with the firm's Environmental and Litigation practice groups in its Washington, DC, office. James handles a wide variety of matters arising under all of the major environmental statutes with a focus on high-stakes environmental litigation, strategic regulatory counseling, permitting, and remediation.

Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, James served for more than 13 years with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. As Senior Counsel for the Department of Justice, James played a leading role in the most extensive enforcement initiative ever undertaken under the Clean Air Act. In that capacity, he was lead counsel on several of the largest and most high-profile enforcement actions in the nation during the past decade. James has managed every aspect of complex environmental litigation and led large teams through successful, multi-week trials with billions of dollars in relief at stake.

In addition to his litigation experience, James has extensive experience addressing compliance issues and negotiating settlements relating to a wide array of manufacturing industries throughout the country. His experience covers the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and the Park System Resource Protection Act.  During his public service career, James earned more than a dozen awards for his case work, including numerous Department of Justice special achievement awards, as well as Bronze and Silver Medals from EPA.

James is a graduate of William and Mary Law School. Following law school, he held a judicial clerkship with the Honorable James C. Fox of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and was an associate at a notable law firm in Washington, DC, where he was co-counsel on a number of high-profile commercial disputes arising in the beer industry.

James lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Gunston Soccer Club, Vice President and Coach

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Portland-Based Education Nonprofit Sued For Study Abroad Refunds

A class-action suit has been filed against CIEE on behalf of thousands of college students who were denied any refund of tuition, room and board, and other fees for Spring 2020 study abroad programs...

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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It's Time to Fight Back Against Illegal State and Local Cannabis Laws

Matt Warner, of Preti Flaherty's Cannabis Business Practice Group, has authored an article for Cannabis Business Executive  on the constitutionality of state residency requirements for obtaining a license to operate a cannabis-related business, how such...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Update on Appellate Division Findings on Notice of Injury Requirements

Maine WC Appellate Division Affirms Decision Finding Untimely Notice of Injury; Reiterates Requirements for Timely Notice As background, the notice period is 90 days for dates of injury between January 1, 1993, and January...

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N.H. Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Managing a Safe Return to Work

For over 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this summer...

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Federal Indictments Follow Long-Running Antitrust Class Action in Ready-Mix Concrete Industry

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, indicted a ready-mix concrete company and four individuals for fixing prices, rigging bids, and allocating customers and markets in...

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Maine Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Options for Dealing with Your Employees' COVID-19 Challenges

For the past 26 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this...

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N.H. Virtual Employment Law Summit Series: Options for Dealing with Your Employees' COVID-19 Challenges

For over 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent employment law developments through our annual Employment Law Summits. Earlier this summer...

News

Preti Flaherty Joins Maine Justice Foundation for Racial Justice Fund

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote racial justice, Preti Flaherty has joined with the Maine Justice Foundation and other local businesses and philanthropists to create the Racial Justice Fund . Each of the 22 founders...

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Washington Cannabis Company Says Oklahoma Residency Rules Unconstitutional

Oklahoma has become the latest battleground in the growing challenge to state residency requirements for cannabis business licenses. As has happened in Maine and other states, a nonresident business has initiated a suit against...