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Overview

James represents municipal, regional, and private clients in litigation proceedings involving diverse issues including contract disputes, condemnation, and matters of municipal code interpretation.

James advises clients on land use, real estate, and environmental matters, providing transactional assistance related to contract drafting and due diligence review. He also assists clients in obtaining land use entitlements and other permits.

James also has experience litigating federal natural resource matters, including disputes arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, the federal Endangered Species Act, and the National Forest Management Act. James uses both science and the law to effectively advocate for comprehensive solutions for clients.

Admissions

  • Washington, 2021

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2021
    • Environmental Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Law Certificate
    • American Bar Association - JIOP Scholar
    • Pro Bono and Community Service Award
    • Public Interest Law Project Award
  • M.S., Colorado State University, Forest Science, 2018
    • Thesis: Adaptive Management in Large-Scale Forest Service Projects: Conducting Landscape Restoration and Management within the Legal Framework of the National Environmental Policy Act
  • B.S., University of Arizona, Environmental Science, focus in Ecology, 2015
    • National Hispanic Scholar
    • Ernest F. Hollings Scholar

Clerkships

  • City of Seattle Civil Litigation Division | Land Use Section, Legal Extern, 2020
  • Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, Honorable Judge Lori Smith, Judicial Extern, 2020
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