James F. Van Orden focuses his practice on environmental and energy law. Prior to joining the firm, James worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in a few different capacities.
Most recently he acted as senior assistant regional counsel, where he was responsible for environmental counseling and enforcement matters under various statutes, including CERCLA, CWA, RCRA, and CAA in both the federal administrative and judicial contexts.
He handled complex judicial enforcement matters in the Marcellus Shale sector, oil spill response, accident prevention, and multimedia context. James was the Lead Region III oil enforcement attorney. He also served as special counsel for enforcement and permitting in the Air Protection Division and began his career at EPA during law school as a paralegal specialist.
James earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude and with honors, from Franklin and Marshall College. James earned his Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and he earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While attending law school, he was the notes editor for the Journal of Law and Technology, president of the Environmental Law Project, and a member of the Holderness Moot Court, Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, J.D., 2006
Duke University, M.E.M., 2003
Franklin and Marshall College, B.S., 2001
BAR ADMISSIONS : New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania