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 ADA defense 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 2006-2016, as well as Best Lawyers 2009-2017.
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
Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association