James Bieke is a partner in Sidley's Washington, DC environmental group. His practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law and policy, with a particular emphasis on complex scientific, technical, economic and legal issues.
For over 35 years, Mr Bieke has handled environmental and natural resource cases in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies. He provides advice to clients on numerous legal, technical, scientific, and policy issues under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations.
Mr Bieke has worked on numerous investigations and cleanups under CERCLA, RCRA corrective action, and comparable state laws, focusing in the last 25 years on large sites involving contaminated waterways, sediments, floodplains, and the associated fish and wildlife. In this connection, he has worked on the negotiation of a number of complex and innovative consent decrees with the United States, including the Environmental Protection Agency, and state environmental agencies. He has also handled contribution suits against other parties at such sites.
While attending law school, Mr Bieke was the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. Prior to joining private practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge J Edward Lumbard, chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1970-71), Justice John M Harlan of the US Supreme Court (1971), and Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court (1972-73). He is admitted in the District of Columbia.
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