James Geocaris

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

James A. Geocaris is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Energy & Environment Practice. His extensive experience from over 35 years of environmental litigation and counseling covers most of the environmental issues of interest to both private and public sector clients today.

Mr. Geocaris has practiced in state and federal courts and in formal and informal proceedings before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Water Boards, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Fish and Game, California Coastal Commission, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

He has litigated for and counseled clients on a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land use laws, including the federal and California superfund statutes, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and California hazardous waste control laws, California toxic tort doctrines such as nuisance, California’s Proposition 65, the federal and California Clean Air Acts, the federal Clean Water Act and related California stormwater control regulations, California’s Porter-Cologne Act, the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, California Planning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).

Mr. Geocaris has counseled and litigated for private sector and government clients in many matters involving the construction or operation of many large infrastructure projects. These have included airport expansions, highways, power plants, a major proposed natural gas pipeline, chemical plants, solid waste and recycling facilities, and groundwater extraction systems. Mr. Geocaris has also counseled on environmental issues and risks for a variety of transactions, including the purchase, financing and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate.

Mr. Geocaris’ environmental counseling and litigation experience includes :

  • Defending former and current manufacturers in two multi-site groundwater contamination cases brought by a local water district.
  • Pursuing CEQA litigation against the water district for attempting to expand one of its groundwater remediation projects without any CEQA process.
  • Counseling for a major LAX expansion project, with a new airport master plan, focusing on CEQA, hazardous substance, endangered species, air quality and air toxics, and stormwater issues.
  • Counseling a major Southern California landowner on endangered species issues for a new tollway project the landowner supported.
  • Defending numerous California Proposition 65 cases for consumer exposures from chemicals including DEHP, DINP, lead, cocamide diethanolamine, and benzophenone.

Education :

  • Stanford University Law School, Juris Doctor, 1975
  • Stanford University, Masters of Political Science, 1976
  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts in Government, magna cum laude, 1971

Admissions : State Bar Admissions, California, District of Columbia, Illinois


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