James G. Votaw

  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP (107 Attorneys)
  • Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
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James Votaw has an extensive practice focusing on environmental and health and safety regulation.Within that arena, he concentrates on the regulation of conventional and nanoscale chemicals, pesticides, consumer and industrial products, and industrial processes and wastes.

For his clients, Mr. Votaw obtains pre-market product approvals and exemptions, including the first U.S. approval of a nanoscale pesticide. He negotiates testing orders, defends enforcement actions, advises on restrictions and disclosures associated with the chemical content of products, counsels on release and other environmental reporting, and supports environmental regulatory and liability aspects of commercial transactions (including, but not limited to regulatory due diligence and private label distribution arrangements).Further, he participates in technical rulemaking proceedings, provides strategic and regulatory compliance counseling within existing and emerging industries, initiates compliance training, conducts internal investigations, performs compliance auditing, offers facility permitting services and develops product compliance plans and systems.

Mr. Votaw represents clients before State and Federal regulatory agencies and federal courts. He has extensive experience in compliance counseling on matters related to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); the Clean Air (CAA) and Clean Water Acts (CWA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); California’s Proposition 65; Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS); and Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE).

Mr. Votaw, an established leader in the field, has spent his career in Environmental Law private practice. His portfolio includes clients from the nanotechnology, chemicals, life sciences, semiconductor, filtration, equipment manufacturing, transportation, retail and consumer product, property development, and trade association industry sectors. Additionally, he has served as external policy advisor to the Massachusetts Interagency Nanotechnology Committee.

Mr. Votaw is regularly invited to speak at conferences, is frequently quoted in industry publications, and has authored articles featured in Industry Week, American Bar Association, and Environmental Leader. Chambers and Partners placed Mr. Votaw in their prestigious Ranked Attorney Environmental Law - District of Columbia category in the USA Guide for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


•Mar 06, 2019 Global Chemical Regulations Conference
•Sep 27, 2018 James Votaw Featured Speaker at Industry Briefing: PFAS Regulation
•Apr 26, 2018 James Votaw to Present Regulatory Challenges for Novel Engineered Materials
•Mar 01, 2018 James Votaw to Present Ingredient Disclosure at GlobalChem Conference
•Jun 02, 2017 James Votaw Authored Chapter 8: Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know in the ABA SEER Committee’s 2016 Annual Report
•May 31, 2017 Sheila Millar, Herb Estreicher, and James Votaw to Speak at Safer Sustainable Products Summit
•May 31, 2017 James Votaw Quoted in the InsideEPA.com Daily News Article, Nanomaterials Users Fault Draft EPA Reporting Guide, Call for Rule Repeal


•Apr 17, 2019 REACH 30/30
•Apr 17, 2019 REACH 30/30 - April 17, 2019
•Feb 13, 2019 REACH 30/30 - February 13, 2019
•Jan 09, 2019 REACH 30/30 - January 9, 2019
•Dec 12, 2018 REACH 30/30 - December 12, 2018
•Oct 10, 2018 REACH 30/30 - Inaugural REACH 3030
•Apr 11, 2018 TSCA 30/30 - April 11, 2018


•Oct 17, 2018 EPA Releases Final Rule on TSCA User Fees
•Feb 15, 2018 EPA Increases FIFRA Maximum Civil Penalty Amount
•Aug 30, 2017 Practitioner Insights: TSCA Preemption - Sooner Than Later?
•Aug 17, 2017 Nanoscale Materials Reporting Rule Effective August 14; EPA Issues New Guidance
•May 05, 2017 EPA Issues Proposal for TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation
•May 05, 2017 EPA Issues TSCA Proposal for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluations

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Biotechnology
  • California's Proposition 65
  • Chemical Control
  • Chemical Control REACH
  • Environmental
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • International
  • Pesticides
  • Product Safety
  • Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • TSCA
  • Workplace Safety and Health

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4227  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
Dickinson College, B.A., 1986
Law School Attended:
Catholic University of America, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1990, New York; 1992, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


•Vice-Chair, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right to Know Committee of the Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association
Environmental Law Institute
Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the District of Columbia Bar
Environmental Law Section of the New York Bar
American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society
Society for Risk Assessment
ASTM Committees on Nanotechnology (E56), Pesticides (E35)
Air Quality (D22) and Sustainability (E60).


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