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James L. Joyce

Jim Joyce’s practice focuses on analyzing the risks and navigating the minefields of environmental compliance, land use, waste management, zoning, and other areas of complex regulatory law for clients in the energy, biotechnology, chemical, real estate development, manufacturing, and banking industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim 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.

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2018.
  • Triangle Community Coalition, 2013-2017 Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section, Cleanup & Waste Programs Committee Chair and Section Council Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section
  • Urban Land Institute
  • “2016-17 North Carolina Case Law Update,” NC Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section 2017 Annual Meeting, May 2017. 
  •  Energy Educator, E4 Carolinas Emerging Leaders and Leadership Energy Carolinas leadership training programs, covering management of federal, state, and local energy regulatory issues, August 2013 - April 2018.
  • “Shale Gas Development in North Carolina,” presented to Professional Engineers of North Carolina with Stanford D. Baird, December 2015
  • “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
  • “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.
  • “The Shifting Line of Beachfront Property Rights,” North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association 2010 Local Governments Annual Meeting, March 2010.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • North Carolina Oil and Gas Update, Texas A&M Law Review 2015 Survey on Oil & Gas, 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 227 (2018)
  • North Carolina Oil and Gas Update, Texas A&M Law Review 2015 Survey on Oil & Gas, 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 227 (2017)
  • North Carolina Oil and Gas Update, Texas A&M Law Review 2015 Survey on Oil & Gas, 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 227 (2015)
  • North Carolina Oil and Gas Update, Texas A&M Law Review 2014 Survey on Oil & Gas, 1 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 249 (2014)
  • North Carolina Oil and Gas Update, Texas Wesleyan Law Review 2013 Survey on Oil & Gas, 19 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev 413 (Spring 2013)
  • "Triangle-Area Local Government Opt-Out Roundup," K&L Gates Triangle Land Use Newsletter (Winter 2011)
  • “Hazardous Waste Financial Assurance: A Comparison of Third Party Risk Management Mechanisms – Suggestions for Reform” with Lindene E. Patton; Environment Reporter Vol. 39, No. 24, (June 13, 2008) pp. 1181-1191
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