Jim Arnold is an experienced environmental and business counselor and litigation attorney. He is the principal in The Arnold Law Practice, founded in 1998. He is a recognized legal expert in redevelopment of contaminated properties. He represents and counsels private clients in matters involving USTs, former UST sites, oil companies, lenders, governmental agencies, and in administrative proceedings, lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations, etc. Most recently, he represented current property owners with a UST site where suspended corporations had left extensive contamination. After obtaining a default judgment against the corporations, he qualified the site for the California UST Fund. Jim was an active volunteer member of the UST Cleanup Fund Task Force. He is a founding director of CORE Environmental Foundation, Inc., and of CORE Environmental Reform, Inc. Jim is a founding Director of the Environmental Law Sections of both the San Francisco and the Los Angeles Bar Associations, and is a leader in the American Bar Association. Jim joined CORE because he believes that with a little bit of help, our government could work a lot better than it does. And, he remembers the slogan of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in 1967: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Mr. Arnold and the staff of The Arnold Law Practice also organized and presented “Brownfields Redevelopment for the Single Site,” a program for the Bar Association of San Francisco on the legal issues and the practicalities – including use of the UST Fund – involved in returning properties to productive use, allocating liabilities, and recovering cleanup costs. In 2001, Mr. Arnold wrote “Applying to the California UST Cleanup Fund – Some Questions and Answers” which was published by Daily Journal, and the updated version is at: http://www.baln.org/admin.
In addition, Mr. Arnold regularly writes and speaks on “due diligence” in buying and selling property with suspected contamination, investigation and evaluation of properties in estates and trusts, and cleanup alternatives and remedies. He is the principal author of the California “mini-treatise” about redeveloping “brownfields” in California, published as Chapter 72, “Hazardous Waste Cleanup and Land Use,” in the 5 volume treatise, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice (Lexis 2007).
Recent publication: James R. Arnold and Jessica C. Grannis, “The New ‘All Appropriate Inquiry’ Rules May Mean More Consistency and Accuracy in Phase I Environmental Assessments,” 2006 California Environmental Law Reporter 159 (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, April 2006).