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Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2007, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • B.A., University of Houston, 1997, magna cum laude
  • California
  • Federal: United States District Court of California, Northern District, Central District, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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James Rusk is an associate with the Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Natural Resources. Mr. Rusk represents residential, commercial and energy developers in natural resources permitting, regulatory compliance and litigation. He focuses on endangered species, wetlands, and storm water issues under federal and state law, in addition to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") and California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"). Because every project is inherently local, he complements his substantive knowledge with expertise in local development ordinances and procedures. He has worked on major projects all over the state, from the Bay Area to the Central Valley and Southern California.

Sustainable Development. With expertise in California's global warming laws, including AB 32 and SB 375, as well as CEQA and the state Subdivision Map Act, Mr. Rusk brings a unique perspective on sustainable development to both greenfield and brownfield projects.

Water Rights. Mr. Rusk represents clients in disputes involving water rights under California law, as well as the acquisition and marketing of entitlements to water supplied through federal Bureau of Reclamation projects in California.

Organic Food and Fiber. Mr. Rusk is a member of the firm's Food and Beverage Industry Team, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable agriculture. He counsels clients on compliance with the federal Organic Foods Production Act and USDA's National Organic Program, as well as private organic certification programs and standards. 

Articles

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Integrating NEPA with Other Federal Requirements, prepared for CLE International 6th Annual NEPA Conference, January 21-22, 2010 (coauthor)
  • Endangered Species Regulatory and Case Law Update 2009, prepared for CLE International 16th Annual Conference On the Endangered Species Act, November 5-6, 2009 (contributor)
  • The National Environmental Policy Act: Wetlands Issues Within the NEPA Process, prepared for the CLE International California Wetlands Conference, February 26-27, 2009 (coauthor)
  • Consideration of Cumulative Impacts Under the National Environmental Policy Act, prepared for the CLE International 5th Annual NEPA Conference, February 23-24, 2009 (contributor)
  • Endangered Species Regulatory and Case Law Update 2007, prepared For CLE International 14th Annual Conference On the Endangered Species Act and Habitat Conservation Planning, November 1-2, 2007 (contributor)
  • "The National Environmental Policy Act: Wetlands Issues Within the NEPA Process," prepared for the CLE International California Wetlands Conference, February 26-27, 2009 (with Ella Foley-Gannon)

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Climate Change & Clean Technology Law Blog Posts

  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law section
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club
  • Urban Land Institute, ULI-San Francisco Subcommittee on Sustainable Development
  • Organic Trade Association