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
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation
  • Governmental Relations
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Agriculture
  • Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Government
  • Transportation and Logistics
 
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
Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Environmental Land Use Section
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Committee Chair
Community Law Program, board member
Urban Land Institute, member
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Leadership Tampa Bay Alumni Association
Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association
Palladium Advisory Council

 
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.

Jim focuses his practice on construction law, environmental law and commercial litigation, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction law, including bidding, contract preparation and negotiation, surety bonds, claim resolution, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. He further represents clients in a broad array of environmental matters concerning hazardous substances, contaminated property, Brownfields, asbestos, RCRA, CERCLA, and toxic torts. He also practices in land use, title, trade regulation, commercial litigation and general business negotiations.

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.

His environmental law experience includes:
•Serving on the steering committee at a number of Superfund Sites from 1984 through the present. He routinely advises clients on responses to 104(e) requests under CERCLA and has often assisted clients in response to notices of RCRA or NPDES violations and has negotiated many Consent Orders.
•Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers 2006-2013, as well as Best Lawyers 2009-2013.
•An accomplished author and lecturer, Jim has written and spoken extensively on construction, bond and lien law as well as environmental law. His works include Dealing With Delays on a Construction Project: Time is Money, Payment Bonds for Construction Projects in Florida; Understanding the Construction Contract, Construction Lien and Bond Law in Florida; Dealing with Dirty Dirt: Environmental Due Diligence and Evaluation of Risks Related to Contaminated Property; and What Every Business Should Know About Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Substances or 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 has served as the General Counsel to St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and as a Board member of the Chamber, 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 has also developed a strong interest in Mayan Archaeology through opportunities with Partner Geoff Young to explore underwater cenotes in the Yucatan and to photograph artifacts with an archeologist from the University of Merida. He also enjoys shooting trap, biographical history and playing softball in a co-ed municipal recreational league ever Friday night.

Articles and Publications
Failure to Comply with Stormwater Requirements on Construction Sites Can Generate Substantial Fines

Other Distinctions

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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, The Florida Bar

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
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
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
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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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...

Condominium Warranties Do Not Apply to some Florida Projects Built for Rental Housing
V. James Dickson, February 26, 2014
Florida’s Condominium Statutes provide unit owners with express statutory warranties from a Project Developer and Contractors that perform construction services. See F.S. 713.203. Such warranties have been the source of much litigation in Florida over construction defects. Many Developers...


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V. James Dickson

150 Second Avenue North, Suite 1700
St. PetersburgFL 33701




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