James W. Potter: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

James W. Potter

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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  • Administrative and Regulatory
  • Environmental, Administrative & Regulatory Law
University University of Alabama, B.S.Ch.E., 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of Alabama, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, Alabama; 1982, South Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Civic & Professional MembershipsAlabama State Bar
•South Carolina Bar
•Administrative and Regulatory Section, South Carolina Bar
•South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association, Board Member
•American Bar Association
•The American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources


James Potter practices primarily in environmental law with an emphasis in air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, solid waste, radioactive waste, and Superfund litigation.

With more than 30 years of legal experience, James has represented clients ranging from corporations and financial institutions to municipal and local governments and has practiced before federal, state, and administrative courts.

His background includes handling OSHA-related matters, reviewing loans for environmental concerns, negotiating Brownfields ventures, and negotiating and litigating regulatory enforcement actions and permit appeals.

In addition to publishing a number of client alerts on a broad range of topics, James has authored articles on environmental law and regulatory compliance for the South Carolina Lawyer and for publications of the State Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association.

He has spoken and organized presentations on matters relating to environmental law, natural resources law, administrative law, and emergency preparedness and has presented at meetings of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association, and various business and financial trade groups. He is a board member of the South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association.

James graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. While studying for his undergraduate degree, he participated in the engineering co-op program of the United States Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Facilities.


Best Lawyers in America since 2010 (Environmental Law)

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EARL e-News: The EPA Reaches Back in Time: Appeals Court Allows Government to Veto 404 Permits Issued Years Earlier
May 16, 2013
EARL e-News: Industry and Developers Affected by Changes to South Carolina's General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities
May 10, 2013
EARL e-News: EPA Raises Certain Environmental Penalties
November 8, 2013
EARL e-News: EPA Finalizes Cooling Water Intake Rule for Existing Facilities
May 21, 2014
EPA, Corps of Engineers Issue New Clean Water Act Rule
May 27, 2015


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EPA Updates its Audit Disclosure Policy
James W. Potter, June 26, 2015
In April 2000, the EPA issued its "Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations," 65 Federal Register 19, 618 (4/11/2000) (known as The Audit Policy). The purpose of a company's self-disclosure of a potential violation is to avoid criminal...

EPA, Corps of Engineers Issue New Clean Water Act Rule
James W. Potter, June 18, 2015
On May 27, 2015 the EPA and the Corps of Engineers issued a prepublication version of its final rule to define "waters of the United States" 40 CFR 230. Soon the final rule will be published in the Federal Register and will take effect sixty days after publication.

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James W. Potter

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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