Biography

James is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Environmental and Litigation practice groups and practices from the firm’s Boston office. He counsels clients on a variety of complex issues related to environmental law, while focusing on environmental litigation. Before joining Preti Flaherty, James was an Honors Attorney for the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. This background provided him with significant experience researching and advising the EAB judges on some of the most cutting-edge and difficult environmental issues of the day. 

James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he completed a joint degree program, earning his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School as well as an M.P.H. in toxicology and risk assessment from the School of Public Health. While in law school, he served as a graduate research assistant at the UMN Water Resources Center and Humphrey School of Public Affairs,  James has also held internships at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; the U.S. EPA, Region VII; U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division; the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Before law school, he served as a research associate at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C.

James lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Honors & Recognition

  • Charles Nauen & Pati Jo Pofahl Environmental & Energy Law Student Award, 2017
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Environment Section, Student Writing Competition Winner, 2017
  • Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition Winner, 2016

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Workers’ Rights Clinic, Intake Volunteer, 2018–2019

Firm Highlights

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2021 Cannabis Breakfast Series: The Latest on Medical Rules and Dispensary Applications

In this multi-topic session,  Cannabis Business Group  chair  Dan Walker  and  Business Law Practice Group  attorney  Sara Moppin  examine the current state of the Medical Marijuana rules in Maine and present an in-depth walkthrough...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Meeting Notes for June 2021

The following are highlights from the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s meeting of June 8, 2021. Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks Appointed for Partial Term as Administrative Law Judge in Portland Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks was...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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2021 Cannabis Breakfast Series: Maine Legislative Review

What is happening with cannabis in Augusta and how will it affect your business, your clients, and the industry? Attorney  Dan Walker , chair of Preti Flaherty's  Government Affairs Practice Group , founder of...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Deadline for PPP Loan Applications Extended to May 31, 2021

On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 1799, known as the “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline by 60 days – from March 31, 2021 to...

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ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and Consumer Forum

Recent legislation and judicial decisions have changed consumer bankruptcy practice substantially over the last year. Bodie Colwell will join a panel discussion providing perspectives and analysis from the judiciary and debtors’ and creditors’ attorneys regarding...