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About Me

Walter D. James III is the founder of James PLLC.  He focuses his practice primarily on environmental counseling and environmental litigation, which includes civil enforcement and cost recovery litigation, criminal defense and toxic tort/property damage matters.  He has extensive experience in counseling clients in remediation matters nationally, both at federal and various state sites, including Voluntary Cleanup Programs.  His environmental litigation experience also covers administrative proceedings under various federal environmental statutes.  His civil litigation experience includes defending and prosecuting cost recovery litigation under both state and federal law, in both state and federal court, and defending citizen suits.  Mr. James has served as common counsel and coordinating counsel for several defense groups and potentially responsible party groups.  Mr. James has also counseled and defended clients faced with environmental criminal enforcement, from the grand jury stage through trial and appeal.  His experience includes the defense through trial and appeal of multiple defendants under a multi-count indictment alleging felony allegations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) and the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act (more commonly called the “Ocean Dumping Act”).  He also has an extensive practice in the defense of toxic tort matters relating to chemical exposure and related property damage claims as well as the prosecution and defense of property damage claims.  Mr. James has also successfully defended clients in product liability and catastrophic injury litigation.


Practice Areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 75%
  2. Criminal Enforcement: 25%



Hourly ($415-475/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Beau James Brock

    I endorse this lawyer. I have spent most of my legal career working for the government and prosecuting street and white collar crimes. In the area of environmental civil and criminal defense, I have seen none better than Walt. He understands the intriciacies of complex environmental criminal law and can diplomatically communicate with government inspectors and Federal Agents who are investigating your corporation. He has been highly successful in this endeavor and he would be a valuable asset in defending your corporation if the need arises.


    Beau Brock Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Bruce Pasfield

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Walt James is a very responsive lawyer who servies client's needs in a timely and professional manner.


    William Pasfield White Collar Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

James PLLC

The Renaissance
1117 Glade Road Suite 140
Colleyville, TX, 76034-4295


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198709/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Environmental LawyersD Magazine2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerStrasburger Attorneys at Law1998 - 2004
AssociateHutchinson & Grundy, LLP1996 - 1998
AssociateWinstead, Secrest & Minick, PC1987 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionSecretary2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationExecutive Committee2008 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Environmental Crimes and Enforcement CommitteeVice-Chair1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1987 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionMember1987 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 1996 Year in ReviewEnvironmental Crimes and Enforcement Committee 1996 Annual Report1996
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 1995 Year in ReviewEnvironmental Crimes and Enforcement Committee 1995 Annual Report1995
28 Natural Resources Journal 329Financial Institutions and Hazardous Waste Litigation: Limiting Exposure to Superfund Liability1988
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nebraska College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Nebraska, LincolnPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2010 ABA USEPA Region 8 UpdateEnvironmental Criminal Trials2010
2010 ABA USEPA Region 6 UpdateEnvironmental Criminal Invesigations2010
Nineteenth Annual Texas Environmental SuperconferenceThe McNulty Memorandum2007
Nuts and Bolts of Environmental LawThe Investigation of Environmental Crimes: How to Prepare, React and Protect Yourself1996
1995 SEER Annual Fall MeetingThe Trial of an Environmental Criminal Case: Selected Issues in a Case Study1995
1993 SONREEL Annual Fall MeetingThe Trial of an Environmental Criminal Case: Selected Issues in a Case Study1993