James S. Walsh

Mr. Walsh's practice focuses on government relations and regulatory compliance matters in the areas of environmental regulation, government contracting, energy, labor, economic development, consumer protection, higher education and lobbying compliance.

Mr. Walsh is a former Senior Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York State and was responsible for advising the Governor and Senior Staff on legal issues and legislation related to the environment, energy, local government, procurement, and consumer protection. Among many accomplishments, Mr. Walsh helped negotiate the landmark 2003 State Superfund/Brownfield law and laws establishing fiscal oversight boards for the City of Buffalo and Erie County.

Prior to serving as a counsel to the Governor, Mr. Walsh served as the Legislative Counsel to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, advising the Commissioner and Senior Staff on legislative matters and developing and negotiating legislation related to air and water permitting, power plant sitting, land use, waste management, mining and natural gas well permits, and pesticide application requirements, among many other environmental issues.

Mr. Walsh began his career as an Assistant Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Leader representing the Senate Majority Conference in negotiations with the Governor's Office, Executive Branch agencies and the State Assembly on legislation related to environmental conservation, economic development, consumer protection, and agriculture.

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Areas of Practice 1) Clean Energy, 2) Cleantech, 3) Climate Change, 4) Environment, 5) Government & Regulatory, 6) Government Contracts, 7) Government Relations, 8) Infrastructure, 9) New York State Government and 10) Regulatory Policy and Government Contracts
Law School Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1996)
Education State University of New York at Albany (B.A., 1990)
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
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