JIM WEDEKING is an environmental litigator, representing large companies in the defense of criminal and civil enforcement actions, toxic tort defense, and complex civil litigation. Jim’s toxic tort work has included defending claims of product defects, failure to warn, public and private nuisance, and trespass. A key aspect of Jim’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.
- Represented an electric power company in a federal criminal investigation into coal ash discharges and NPDES permit violations.
- Defending a mining company from claims of CERCLA liability and natural resource damages allegedly related to mining activities dating back 150 years.
Selected Presentations and Publications
- 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)
- Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Environmental Litigation (2014, 2015)
- Former Chair, Constitutional Law Committee, American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
- Member, Defense Research Institute, Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee