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)
Speaking & Writing
•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
•EARL e-News: EPA, Corps of Engineers Issue New Clean Water Act Rule
May 27, 2015
•EARL e-News: EPA Updates its Audit Disclosure Policy
June 2, 2015
•EARL e-News: The Uncertain Status of “Stigma Damages” for Property Claims in South Carolina
August 6, 2015
•EARL e-News: Update on New Clean Water Act Rule
August 28, 2015
•EARL e-news: Update 2 on WOTUS
September 9, 2015
•EARL e-News: EPA Strengthens Power Plant Water Discharge Regulations
October 8, 2015