V. James Dickson: Lawyer with Adams and Reese LLP

V. James Dickson

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Partner, Energy
St. Petersburg,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone727.502.8206

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Renewable Energy
  • Governmental Relations
  • Litigation
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Energy
  • Government
 
University Indiana University, B.A., 1972
 
Law SchoolIndiana University, J.D., 1977
 
Admitted1977, Indiana; 1980, Florida; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
 
Memberships 

Professional Memberships / Affiliations
•St. Petersburg Bar Association

American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Construction Industry, Section of Environmental Energy and Resource

Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section; Environmental and Land Use Section

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, Executive Committee and Board member, Chair Transportation Task Force

Community Law Program, Executive Committee and Board member

Urban Land Institute member

Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

Leadership Tampa Bay Alumni Association

Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association

 
Biography

V. James Jim Dickson joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm's expansion into St. Petersburg. Jim has been practicing law since 1978 and is Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University School of Law where he teaches a course in environmental law.

Jim focuses his practice on construction law, environmental law and commercial business advice. In construction matters, he represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction law, including bidding, contract preparation and negotiation, surety bonds, and claim resolution, prosecution of defense of construction defect claims and monetary disputes. He routinely handles matters in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Jim further represents clients in a broad array of environmental matters concerning hazardous substances, contaminated property, Brownfields, asbestos, RCRA, CERCLA, toxic torts surface and waste water discharges, air emissions, notices of violations and consent decrees. He has served on the steering committee at a number of Superfund Sites from 1984 through the present. He routinely advises clients on responses to environmental investigations and demands 104 (e) requests under CERCLA and has often assisted clients in response to notices of RCRA or NPDES violations. He also practices in land use, title, trade regulation, commercial litigation and general business negotiations and advice.

Over his more than 30 years of experience in the fields of construction and environmental issues, Jim has litigated hundreds of cases, but he also believes that a well-prepared attorney can more often achieve a better result for a client through negotiation or mediation. He can draft documents that better anticipate and address issues that may arise on projects involving construction or environmental issues. Jim can also decipher the key economic and psychological issues between parties in a dispute or negotiation, and anticipate potential problems and suggest options to avoid such problems.

Jim is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts, Middle and Southern District of Florida.

Jim has an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers 2006-2015, as well as Best Lawyers 2009-2015.

An accomplished author and lecturer, Jim has written and spoken extensively on construction, and environmental law issues. His works include:

Construction Subcontracting, a Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide, co-author of Chapter 4, titled Payments, published by the ABA Forum Committee on Construction, 2014
Procurement across the United States and Canada, Assistant Editor, published by the ABA Forum on Construction 2010
Ethics and the Environmental Lawyer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies titled Ethics and the Environmental Lawyer, 2014

Adams and Reese Alerts

Oil Production and Storage Facilities Must Maintain Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans; February 2015
Supreme Court’s CTS Decision Will Have Limited Impact On Environmental Litigation, June 6, 2014
US Supreme Court Upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rules, May 2014
Condominium Warranties Do Not Apply to Some Florida Projects Built as Rental Housing, March 2014
Failure to Comply with Storm Water Requirements on Construction Sites can Generate Substantial Fines, July 2012
Energy and Environmental Bulletin: EPA Proposes New Regulation To Decrease Amount of Phosphorus and Nitrogen In Florida’s Freshwater Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Springs and Canals, February 2010

His other works include:

Understanding the Construction Contract
An Overview of Florida Construction Lien and Bond Law
Balancing Act of Lien and Bond Law
Dealing with Delays on a Construction Project: Time is Money
Florida’s Construction Licensing Requirements for Contractors in Florida and Liability of Qualifying Agents
Design Defect Liability on Construction Projects
Lender Responsibilities and Liabilities in a Construction Loan
When Lien Rights Are Lost: Alternate Theories Of Unjust Enrichment Or Equitable Liens On Proceeds
Dealing with Dirty Dirt: Overview of Liability for Purchase or Ownership of Contaminated Property
Overview of Tenant Liability as an Operator for Pre-Existing Contamination
Dealing With Dirty Dirt: What Lenders Should Know About Liability For Acquisition Or Ownership Of Contaminated Property

As an adjunct professor at Stetson University School of Law, Jim teaches Environmental Hazards Associated with Real Property, which addresses common issues such as liability for contaminated soil and groundwater; control and disposal of hazardous wastes; the duty to report contamination; the scope of amnesty in Florida petroleum and dry cleaning programs; use of Brownfields’ incentives in the redevelopment of property; asbestos and lead regulations; risk allocation by contract or insurance.

An active member of the bar and the community, Jim has been a recipient of the Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award, St. Petersburg Bar Pro Bono Award, National Association for Community Leadership, Distinguished Leadership Award and the Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association Leadership Award.

Jim serves as the General Counsel to St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of its Executive Committee and Board. He also chairs its Transportation Task Force. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Community Law Program, a local Pro Bono service organization. He has served as a board member of Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association, St. Petersburg Human Relations Review Board, Gulfcoast Legal Services, Florida Legal Services, Community Law, Inc., the Community Alliance, City of St. Petersburg Police Advisory Council, City of St. Petersburg Committee to Advocate Persons with Impairments, Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project Task Force, Florida International Museum, and the Early Learning Council of Pinellas County.

He received his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University in 1977, and his B.A. with honors, from Indiana University in 1972.

Among the people Jim admires most are Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor. As the first black and female members of the Supreme Court they had to break many societal barriers while preserving strong intellectual integrity to their core legal beliefs. He also admires Warren Buffet as an independent financial guru who has followed his own path, and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City - he makes one excited to contemplate the imponderables of the universe.

In his spare time, Jim is an avid scuba diver that enjoys underwater photography. He is a member of the Thunder Dragons of Tampa Bay, a dragon boat racing team. He also enjoys shooting trap, biographical history and playing softball in a co-ed municipal recreational league every Friday night.

Articles / Publications

Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide - Co-author of chapter of ABA Book 5/1/2014
Condominium Warranties Do Not Apply to some Florida Projects Built for Rental Housing 2/26/2014

Press Releases

Dickson Donates $500 Speech Stipend to “Water for People” Following National Association of Clean Water Agencies Presentation 11/21/2014
Adams and Reese Has 120 Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers 8/18/2014
Thirteen Adams and Reese Attorneys Named Among 2014 Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 6/18/2014
Adams and Reese Construction Attorney Jim Dickson Co-Authors Chapter in ABA-Endorsed Book on Subcontracting 5/1/2014
Adams and Reese Has 119 Attorneys Named to 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers 8/15/2013
Adams and Reese Attorney Jim Dickson Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law 8/1/2013
Thirteen Adams and Reese Attorneys Named Among 2013 Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 6/14/2013
Adams and Reese has 110 Attorneys Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition 8/22/2012
Eleven Adams and Reese Attorneys Named 2012 Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 5/23/2012
Adams and Reese Partner Jim Dickson Named to Board of Community Law Program 10/5/2011
Ninety-Seven Adams and Reese Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2012 Edition 8/31/2011
St. Petersburg Office Partner in Charge Jim Dickson ‘Locks Up’ More Than $5,000 for MDA 8/23/2011
Ninety Adams and Reese Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2011 Edition 8/4/2010
Six Adams and Reese Attorneys Named Among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers 8/1/2010
Several Adams and Reese Attorneys Receive Florida Super Lawyers Honors 6/29/2010
Ten Adams and Reese Attorneys Mentioned in May Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 4/15/2010
Dickson Receives St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year Award 1/28/2010
Eight Adams and Reese Attorneys to be Featured in May 2010 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 1/14/2010
Adams and Reese Welcomes its Florida Attorneys 1/2/2010
Adams and Reese Expands to Florida: Firm Continues Regional Growth 12/2/2009

Media Mentions

Dickson Interviewed by Law360 on High Court's CERCLA Preemption Ruling 6/16/2014
Adams and Reese Attorney Jim Dickson Featured in Q&A in Law360 Environmental Law Section 3/19/2013
Adams and Reese Attorney Jim Dickson Quoted in Article on Tampa’s Mass Transit Service Upgrades 2/6/2013
Thirty-Nine Adams and Reese Attorneys to be Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition 3/29/2011
Adams and Reese's Small Business Legal Program in St. Petersburg Featured in Business Publication 9/16/2010
Six Adams and Reese Attorneys Named Among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers 8/1/2010
Several Adams and Reese Attorneys Receive Florida Super Lawyers Honors 6/29/2010
Eight Adams and Reese Attorneys to be Featured in May 2010 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 1/14/2010

Seminars

Legal Ethics: Going Beyond the Model Rules - National Association of Clean Water Agencies 11/21/2014
Construction Project Contract Issues: Differing Perspectives of the General Contractor, the Subcontractor and the Engineer - ASHRAE: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers - Lakewood Ranch Chapter 11/19/2014
Construction Project Contract Issues: Differing Perspectives of the General Contractor, the Subcontractor and the Engineer - ASHRAE: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers - Ybor City Chapter 11/18/2014
Environmental Law - Is It Hot from a Lender Perspective - BB&T - SAG and Transactional 8/13/2013
Environmental Law - Is It Hot from a Lender Perspective? - Fidelity Bank of Florida, N.A. 8/6/2013
Is a Property Hot or Not: Environmental Hazards That a Purchaser Should Understand When Buying or Developing Real Estate - Pinellas Chapter of Paralegal Association of Florida 6/11/2013
St. Petersburg Bar Association - Lawyers/Mediation Panel Discussion: What Works vs. What Does Not 4/13/2012
Mock Trial for Disputed Loan Workouts - Florida Community Bank 11/3/2011
What Ethical Duties of Lawyers May Involve the Performance of Work By a Paralegal - Pinellas County Chapter of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. 10/11/2011
The Nuts and Bolts of Forming A Not-For-Profit Corporation 6/10/2010

Newsletters Alerts

Oil Production, Storage Facilities Must Maintain Spill Prevention and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans 1/29/2015
Supreme Court’s CTS Decision Will Have Limited Impact On Environmental Litigation 6/27/2014
US Supreme Court Upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rules 5/3/2014
Condominium Warranties Do Not Apply to Some Florida Projects Built as Rental Housing 3/7/2014
Failure to Comply with Stormwater Requirements on Construction Sites can Generate Substantial Fines 7/30/2012
Energy and Environmental Bulletin: EPA Proposes New Regulation To Decrease Amount of Phosphorus and Nitrogen In Florida’s Freshwater Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Springs and Canals 2/1/2010

Announcements

Adams and Reese Expands to Florida: Firm Continues Regional Growth 12/2/2009
Adams and Reese Welcomes its Florida Attorneys 1/2/2010

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AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Florida Super Lawyers - Construction and Environmental Law

Best Lawyers - Construction Law

Florida Bar Association - Pro Bono Service Award St. Petersburg Bar

Association - Pro Bono Award

National Association for Community Leadership - Distinguished Leadership Award

Leadership St. Petersburg - Alumni Association Leadership Award

Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers 2010 - Tampa Bay Magazine

Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society Fellow Board Certification in

Construction Law, Florida Bar

 
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Oil Production, Storage Facilities Must Maintain Spill Prevention and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
V. James Dickson, March 4, 2015
Small oil production and storage facilities often overlook their obligations to develop and implement oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. These requirements have been issued by the USEPA under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The...

US Supreme Court Upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rules
V. James Dickson, May 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court issued a strong 6-2 ruling on April 29, 2014 which upheld proposed EPA regulations to regulate air pollution that crosses state boundaries under the Clean Air Act known as the “Cross-State Air Pollution Rules,”(Rules). The Rules require 27 states in the eastern half...


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V. James Dickson

150 Second Avenue North, Suite 1700
St. PetersburgFL 33701




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