James’s practice focuses on regulatory compliance, emerging contaminants, environmental review and renewables.   

Practicing out of Boston, MA, James advises clients who are

working to understand the complicated and shifting regulatory environments

surrounding emerging contaminants, with a particular emphasis on PFAS. He has

extensive knowledge on PFAS regulatory compliance for various industries,

including textile and apparel manufacturers, outdoor recreational product manufacturers,

and retailers. He also advises manufacturer and retailer clients on federal and

state clean air regulations.

He has experience with permitting and defending renewable projects. He has

worked 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.

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.


  • Counsel to technology company developing autonomous, all-electric delivery vehicles in compliance with CAA
  • Counsel to Fortune 100 company defending enforcement action brought under state air quality laws
  • Trial Counsel to New Mexico local governments for recovery of costs to remediate municipal water supplies contaminated by hazardous substances used by private companies and the U.S. military
  • Appellate brief for industry associations seeking to intervene in ESA litigation (Defenders of Wildlife et al. v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Nos. 21-16382, 21-16383, 21-16384 (9th Cir.))
  • Pro bono amicus brief on behalf of gun violence prevention organizations in public nuisance case against gun manufacturers (Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., et al., No. 1:21-cv-11269 (D. Mass.))
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 
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Recognition & Activities

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