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James A. Thompson, Jr.

James A. Thompson, Jr. is of counsel with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Thompson has practiced environmental and energy law for more than 30 years, including seven years as counsel in the New England and Rocky Mountain regional offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and three years as senior counsel reporting directly to the Agency’s general counsel on all environmental and energy matters arising in the western half of the United States.

Mr. Thompson represents large industries and utilities on a wide range of complex environmental permitting, compliance and project development issues throughout the United States. In the past several years, a substantial portion of his practice has been devoted to the siting of natural gas and renewable energy facilities and the acquisition and sale through auctions and direct negotiations of utility assets and companies.

Recent matters in which Mr. Thompson has been involved include:

  • advising a multi-national client on the cleanup and redevelopment of a former nuclear fuel processing facility and prosecution of a cost recovery claim against the federal government
  • developing and implementing the federal and state permitting strategy for siting a backbone transmission system for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • developing a regulatory compliance program for a multi-state natural gas production, processing and transmission company
  • defending a natural resource damages suit
  • advising several national and international energy companies on the siting, environmental impact reviews and permitting of conventional and renewable energy generating facilities, LNG storage and regasification terminals, interstate pipelines and onshore and offshore wire transmission corridors
  • counseling an energy company on the re-evaluation of retained liabilities and reserves to meet Sarbanes-Oxley obligations.
In addition, Mr. Thompson is frequently retained by lenders, borrowers, sellers, creditor committees, project developers, investors, project underwriters and insurers, and portfolio managers to advise on corporate and real estate transactions, including the acquisition and sale of businesses (asset and stock) and real property in the United States and overseas. His work includes pre-transaction counseling and structuring of business deals to limit liabilities (including lender and trustee liability), conducting/overseeing environmental due diligence, negotiating contractual terms which properly allocate risk and liabilities and rendering advice regarding disclosures to the SEC and investors and state and federal environmental agency reporting requirements.

Before joining Pepper, Mr. Thompson was chairman of the Global Environmental, Health and Safety Practice and head of the U.S.-based Climate Change Practice Group at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Mr. Thompson served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Talcott Mountain Science Center (Avon, CT) from 1990 to 2005. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 22 years and has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Thompson also is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

B.A. 1967 University of Pennsylvania
J.D. 1973 George Washington University Law School

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