Norm James is a distinguished attorney in our natural resources, energy and environmental law group, where his work focuses on litigation in the federal courts, including appeals and dealing with federal agencies (Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers) on rulemaking proposals, permitting and other administrative and regulatory matters. As a sought-after environmental lawyer, Norm's clients include mining companies, real estate developers and homebuilders, land resource users, ranchers, and their industry trade associations. His practice encompasses natural resources and environmental law, including federal laws and programs such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Mining Law of 1872, the National Forest Management Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.
Growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona, Norm’s uncle worked for Southwest Forest Products, and his extended family spent a great deal of time in places like Pinetop, Lakeside and Flagstaff – which was the catalyst for his lifelong love for the outdoors. An undergraduate degree in English cemented his interest in writing and critical thinking, and in law school, he committed his career to many of the issues that read like a history of the American West, including water law, mining and natural resources, environmental regulation, and sustainable homebuilding and development.
A lifelong sports fan, outside of his work as an environmental attorney, Norm cheers on the San Francisco 49ers (he was born in the Bay Area and attended Stanford University), the Boston Red Sox (the team held spring training in Scottsdale when Norm was growing up), and the Golden State Warriors (his father worked at Motorola, and after buying Norm a transistor radio for his room, at night, the powerful signal of radio station KNBR and their famous sports announcer, Bill King, could be heard in Arizona).