About James

James Feldman is an attorney in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group. James draws upon his federal, state, and local government experience to help clients navigate and solve complicated environmental litigation, enforcement, and regulatory issues.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, James served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and for the Honorable Timothy M. Burgess of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. During law school, he worked for the Alaska Attorney General’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.

Before attending law school, James served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Mark Begich (Alaska). As one of Senator Begich’s primary policy advisors for his work on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, James helped secure the Senator’s legislative priorities on several major bills and worked extensively with federal agencies including the EPA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Army Corps of Engineers. He also worked as a special assistant to the Mayor of Anchorage and as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature.

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  • Defended against lawsuit in federal district court challenging the permitting for major utility clients’ interstate high-voltage transmission line.
  • Represented trade associations in federal district court and appellate litigation involving challenges to Endangered Species Act listing decision.
  • Represented fisheries client in successful resolution of civil enforcement proceedings with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Advises Fortune 500 energy client on project permitting and regulatory compliance.
  • Represented energy exploration client in Coastal Zone Management Act consistency certification appeal before the Secretary of Commerce.
  • Pro bono representation of unaccompanied minor children in asylum petition and removal proceedings.
  • Represented trade associations and seismic exploration companies as intervenor-defendants in federal litigation filed by several Atlantic states and advocacy groups challenging Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) incidental take authorizations related to proposed seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Represented energy client as intervenor-defendant in federal litigation challenging MMPA incidental take authorizations related to development of energy resources in Alaska.
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Judge Ronald B. Leighton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2017–2018.
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Timothy M. Burgess of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, 2016–2017.
  • Legal Intern, Alaska Department of Law, Civil Division (Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section), 2015.
  • Summer Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, 2014.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental), 2022–2023
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Alaska Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Washington Law Review, 2015–2016
  • Jack MacDonald Merit Award for Academic and Civic Achievement, 2016
  • Paul Ashley Memorial Law Review Scholarship for Public Service, 2015
  • Best Brief Award, Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2014
  • CALI Award for Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, 2013–2014

Civic Activities

  • Assistant Coach, University of Washington Ice Hockey Team
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Mining and Mineral Extraction,” Chapter 18, The Year in Review, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2019
  • “Nothing Less Than the Dignity of Man: The Eighth Amendment and State Efforts to Reinstitute Traditional Methods of Execution,” 90 WASH. L. REV. 1313, 2015

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