James M. Purvis



James joined the firm in 2012 and is an associate in the firm’s Land Use & Natural Resources and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups.  He counsels clients on land use, natural resources, and litigation matters across a wide range of industries, including issues pertaining to the California Environmental Quality Act, Planning and Zoning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act.  

James is experienced in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts, including appellate proceedings.  He is adept at handling all phases of litigation, including motion practice, discovery, expert workup, mediation, trial, and appeal.  His clients value his attention to detail and persuasive writing.    

James received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served on the editorial boards of the California Law Review and the Ecology Law Quarterly.  Prior to joining the firm, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


OPR Releases Preliminary Discussion Draft of Proposed Changes to CEQA Guidelines; CEQA Stakeholders are Invited to Submit Comments, 8/31/2015

Supreme Court Sets Aside Statement of Overriding Considerations Because CSU Made Inadequate Findings of Mitigation Infeasibility, 8/7/2015

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Northern California Rising Star, 2019

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2011, Certificate in Environmental Law
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 2004