Jim has spent over 35 years in the fixed utility industry as a utilities lawyer. Jim now practices in the Energy and Environmental Law Practice Group of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC’s Harrisburg, PA office, representing industrial users before state and federal regulatory commissions and agencies with respect to utility matters, including natural gas, electric, water, wastewater and communications. Jim devotes a significant part of his practice to representing industrial interests before state legislatures on energy matters.
While the majority of Jim’s practice is before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, he is also active throughout the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays and has made many presentations regarding the various aspects of interstate shale gas development. He has participated in biofuel and alternative fuel development throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Jim is also involved in the valuation and monetization of municipal and municipal authority assets, including water and wastewater facilities. In 2013, he was counsel to Lehigh County Authority which entered into a 50 year Concession Agreement for the City of Allentown’s water and sewer facilities. In 2014, he was counsel to Middletown Borough Authority which entered into a 50 year Concession Agreement with United Water/Suez for the Borough’s water and wastewater facilities.
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1977
The Pennsylvania State University, M.P.A., 1978
George Washington University, M.B.A., 1984
University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1990
Association of Professional Energy Managers, Board of Directors 1990-93
Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, 1999-2002
Pennsylvania Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
End Use Subcommittee, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Chair
Gas and Electric Coordination, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Co-Chair
Marcellus Shale Coalition Member
Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisors
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
District of Columbia Court of Appeals