Clients rely on Jim’s counsel as an experienced energy and railroad attorney to handle energy, infrastructure and transportation matters requiring a deft touch, particularly those that involve the interplay of political, business and legal considerations.
Jim represents railroads, electric utilities and developers of power plants, renewable solar and wind facilities, battery storage and electric transmission lines. He has significant experience in critical contractual, legislative and regulatory issues governing the transportation of crude oil, coal and biofuels, the development of electric generation and transmission and oil and gas pipelines.
Jim structures strategic mergers and collaborative ventures, leads high-stakes litigation cases and resolves antitrust challenges as he adroitly navigates the complexities of the highly regulated transportation and energy industries. He has extensive experience with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning market rules administered by independent system operators and state utility regulatory commissions. As chair of the firm’s Energy, Environmental, Mining, and Transportation division, Jim quickly connects clients to the right teams of lawyers to accomplish their objectives in an effective and timely manner.
Jim frequently provides representation for Canadian Pacific's U.S. operations, including Surface Transportation Board (STB) regulatory proceedings in Canadian Pacific’s proposed merger with Norfolk Southern, acquisition of the DM&E railroad, sales of railroads and collaborative ventures with other companies.
Jim represents electric cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities, tribal utilities, natural gas distribution utilities, independent power producers developing wind, solar, biomass, clean coal, geothermal and natural gas electric energy projects, independent transmission companies, power marketers and oil and gas exploration, midstream and refining companies. He also advises companies that provide products and services to the electric energy and oil and gas industries.
He has served as state and federal regulators' counsel for developers of power plants, renewable energy facilities (solar, wind), battery storage and electric transmission lines.
Jim has experience with contracts for development, power purchase, service, supply and license agreements.
He frequently handles corporate and business issues for regulated companies and companies that supply services to or purchase services from regulated companies.
Jim counsels clients on antitrust matters in a broad variety of industries on operations, product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
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The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Turns 40: Midlife Crisis or is 40 is the New 30? Minnesota State Bar Association Public Utilities Section, November 14, 2018
FERC and CFTC Compliance for Electric and Gas Traders, Tulane Energy Institute, April, 2016
Transporting Energy Resources, Minnesota Environmental Law Institute, April 2015
Renewable Energy Development, Tulane Energy Institute, March, 2015
North Dakota Oil and Gas, Tulane Energy Institute, March, 2015
Co-authored with Guy Smith, "The Future of Energy: Through the Strength of Joint Ownership, Alaska's New Southcentral Power Project Has Set the Bar High," Oil and Gas Monitor, June 2013
Energy Law, Minnesota Lawyer of the Year for 2020 by Best Lawyers in America®
The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of energy law, 2010 - Present
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Tulane Energy Institute Advisory Board
Energy Bar Association
American Bar Association
Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Association of Transportation Law Professionals
Tulane Fund Advisory Board, Former Member
Tulane University Parents Council, Former Member
Minnesota Intermediate School District 287, Honors Connection Mentor, 2010-2011
West St. Paul Challenger American Legion Baseball Team, Former Board Chair, 2007-2011
Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities, Former Member, Board of Directors
Helping Paws of Minnesota, Inc., Former Member, Board of Directors
Minnesota State Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Practices & Industries
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors, 1987
- Order of the Coif
- The George Washington Law Review, Editor, 1986-1987
Tulane University, M.B.A., 1983
Tulane University, B.A., cum laude, 1982