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James L. Joyce

Counsel
+1.919.743.7336
Fax +1.919.743.7358

Jim Joyce focuses his practice on environmental, energy, and real estate matters. His clients include companies in the food manufacturing, enzymes, cement, real estate development, and oil and gas industries.

Mr. Joyce routinely advises clients on environmental and zoning aspects of real estate and corporate transactions. He regularly advises clients regarding cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, as well as compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory programs, and represents clients in land use and environmental permitting litigation matters.

Mr. Joyce also counsels clients in the development of shale gas resources, and is intimately familiar with North Carolina's nascent regime for regulation of oil and gas production. He has followed closely the development of draft legislation and regulations from the beginning of the DENR Study process through the proposal of a comprehensive set of draft rules.

Professional Background

 Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Joyce was a fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Government, where he co-authored a book on inclusionary zoning. His education in law and land use planning makes him well versed in zoning and land use related law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Triangle Community Coalition, 2013-2015 Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section, Membership Committee Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section
  • United States Green Building Council, North Carolina Triangle Chapter
  • American Planning Association, Member 2004-2006

Speaking Engagements

  • “Working with Regulators” program at E4 Carolinas’ Leadership Energy Carolinas program, August 2013, August 2014 and August 2017.
  • “North Carolina Legislative and Case Law Update,” NC Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section 2014 Annual Meeting, May 2014.
  • “Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Issues,” at Legal Issues Involving Local Governments, National Business Institute Seminar, September 2013
  • “U.S. Environmental Law: A Primer,” with Stanford D. Baird, April 2013.
  • “Ethics in Quasi-Judicial Practice,” with Craigie Sanders, NC Bar Association Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Annual Meeting and CLE, April 2013.
  • “Potential Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development in North Carolina,” keynote panel, Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina [now North Carolina Manufacturer’s Alliance], 11th Annual Environment, Energy, Health and Safety School, August 2012.
  • “2012 Legislative & Case Law Update,” presentation to North Carolina Chapter, American Planning Association, August 2012.
  • “North Carolina Shale: Regulations and Resources,” presentation to Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, July 2012.
  • Basic Zoning Law Regulations and Principles,” presentation at The Real Estate Development Approval Process CLE, November 2011.
  • “The Shifting Line of Beachfront Property Rights,” North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association 2010 Local Governments Annual Meeting, March 2010.
  • Environmental due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions on behalf of national and global clients
  • Defense of air permit for major emitting facility against local and national environmental groups
  • Guidance of national food manufacturing company in conduct of company-wide environmental compliance audit
  • Land use and zoning due diligence for shopping center developers and managers, as well as research and development laboratories
  • Environmental due diligence in support of $200MM+ hotel portfolio sale
  • Advising clients on regulatory compliance and self-reporting matters involving Toxic Substances Control Act and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • Application and negotiation of entry into state remediation programs for brownfields and for dry-cleaning solvents
  • Extensive monitoring of and reporting on development of new oil and gas regulatory program for nationwide industry group
  • Advising international chemical company with regard to non-discharge wastewater compliance issues
  • Advising nationwide real estate investment manager in matter involving tenant with radioactive materials on site
  • Environmental due diligence for real estate transactions involving contaminated property
  • Pursuit of variances and rule changes related to North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act
  • Litigation challenging local school impact fee ordinance
  • Development of comprehensive guide to compliance with North Carolina lobbying and independent expenditure reporting requirements