JIM WEDEKING is an environmental litigator, representing large companies and industry trade associations in trial and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies. His experience includes the defense of criminal and civil enforcement actions, toxic tort defense, permit appeals, rulemaking challenges, and complex civil litigation. A key aspect of Mr. Wedeking’s practice includes developing an involved understanding of how a client’s facilities function, given the complex scientific and technical issues that are typically the subject of litigation. These clients have included large companies in the oil and gas, electric power, chemical manufacturing, mining, and agricultural industries.
- Lead counsel for a commodities trading company in toxic tort litigation involving alleged MTBE contamination in California, New Jersey, and New York.
- Lead counsel in a series of administrative and state court appeals of Clean Water Act NPDES and mining permits.
- Represented companies and industry trade associations in numerous rulemaking challenges and permit appeals as petitioners, intervenors, and amici curiae before U.S. Courts of Appeal and the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board.
- Organized the response of multiple clients in the manufacturing and electric power industries to grand jury investigations and EPA information requests under the Clean Air Act.
Selected Presentations and Publications
- Lisa Jones & Jim Wedeking, The Art of the Amicus Curiae Brief, DRI, The Voice, Vol. 12, No. 40 (Oct. 9, 2013)
- Jim Wedeking, "Renewable Ruse: Preparing for the Quiet Campaign Against Renewable Energy," Natural Gas & Electricity, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)
- Jim Wedeking, "Up In the Air: The Future of Environmental Management for Hydraulic Fracturing Will be About Air, Not Water," 49 Idaho Law Rev. 437 (2013), presented at Legal Aspects of Hydraulic Fracturing: An Idaho Law Review Symposium (Mar. 29, 2013)
- Jim Wedeking, "Maximum Contaminant Levels and Environmental Injuries," 28 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 183 (2012)
- Jim Wedeking, "Environmental Federalism," in Jim May, Ed., Principles of Environmental Constitutional Law (ABA/ELI, 2011)
- Former Chair, Constitutional Law Committee, American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
- Member, Defense Research Institute, Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee