James Rusk: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

James Rusk

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • and Environmental
  • Wetlands and Endangered Species
University University of Houston, B.A., magna cum laude, 1997
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007 Order of the Coif, Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal
Admitted2007, California; Federal: United States District Court of California, Northern District, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


•State Bar of California, Environmental Law section

•American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section

•Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club

•Urban Land Institute, ULI-San Francisco Subcommittee on Sustainable Development

•Organic Trade Association


James Rusk is an associate with the Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Natural Resources. Mr. Rusk represents residential, commercial and energy developers in natural resources permitting, regulatory compliance and litigation. He focuses on endangered species, wetlands, and storm water issues under federal and state law, in addition to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Because every project is inherently local, he complements his substantive knowledge with expertise in local development ordinances and procedures. He has worked on major projects all over the state, from the Bay Area to the Central Valley and Southern California.

Sustainable Development. With expertise in California's global warming laws, including AB 32 and SB 375, as well as CEQA and the state Subdivision Map Act, Mr. Rusk brings a unique perspective on sustainable development to both greenfield and brownfield projects.

Water Rights. Mr. Rusk represents clients in disputes involving water rights under California law, as well as the acquisition and marketing of entitlements to water supplied through federal Bureau of Reclamation projects in California.

Organic Food and Fiber. Mr. Rusk is a member of the firm's Food and Beverage Industry Team, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable agriculture. He counsels clients on compliance with the federal Organic Foods Production Act and USDA's National Organic Program, as well as private organic certification programs and standards.


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Ninth Circuit Rejects Use of Preemptive Litigation to Validate Federal Approvals
James Rusk, February 17, 2015
The Ninth Circuit has rejected a “novel litigation strategy” that Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., employed in an effort to preempt a possible litigation challenge to federal approvals that Shell received for Arctic oil exploration. After receiving the approvals, but before any suit had been...

Supreme Court Asked to Allow Immediate Judicial Review of Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determinations
James Rusk, November 14, 2014
A landfill developer has asked the Supreme Court to review a decision of the Fifth Circuit holding that a jurisdictional determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not final agency action subject to judicial review. The Supreme Court previously held, in its 2012 Sackett opinion, that an...
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James Rusk

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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