James’s litigation practice emphasizes natural resources, clean water, and public lands issues. 

Practicing out of Boston, MA, James works with other lawyers at the firm on cases arising under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Land Policy & Management Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act. James also advises tech clients with compliance, sustainability, and ESG matters. 

Prior to joining Marten Law, James clerked for Chief Judge Brian M. Morris of the United States District Court, District of Montana in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Harvard Law School (cum laude) where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, while also earning an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He gained significant experience in environmental law while interning for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also interned for the Massachusetts Senate Counsel’s Office and with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice in Window Rock, AZ.

Education & Clerkship

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (2020)
  • M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School (2020)
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard College (2014)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Brian Morris, United States District Court for the District of Montana (2020-21)
Admissions & Memberships

  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • State Bar of Washington 
Recognition & Activities

  • Lecturer of Law, Brandeis University, Spring 2022
  • Co-Instructor, Boston College Law School, Spring 2021
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard College, Fall 2019 - awarded Harvard Certificate for Distinction in Teaching
  • Lecturer of Law, Boston College, Spring 2020
Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, Struggling to find a Rapanos Nexus: Maui and the Expansion of Clean Water Act Regulation, Ecology L.Q. (Forthcoming 2021)
  • Author, The Takings Project Revisited: A Critical Analysis of This Expanding Threat to Environmental Law, Student Note, 45 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev 236 (2020)
  • Author, Atay v. County of Maui, Case Comment, 42 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 305 (2018)
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