James E. Benedict

James E. Benedict



Practice Areas


Oregon State University, B.S., 1968, cum laude (chemical engineering)

University of Houston College of Law, J.D., 1975, magna cum laude


Jim is rated as an AV attorney by Martindale Hubbell.

Jim was named a leader in his field in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA.


Jim's peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Oregon Super Lawyers.

Best Lawyers Award Badge 

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts

Texas State Courts

United States District Court, District of Oregon

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Experience

Jim Benedict combined his chemical engineering background and legal training to develop a practice focused in the areas of environmental, energy, and natural resources law. He regularly advises clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws.

Mr. Benedict has developed extensive expertise in siting electric generating facilities. This includes permitting, project documentation, and power sales contract negotiations for natural gas-fired, wind cogeneration, hydroelectric, and geothermal generating projects.

In his hazardous waste practice, Mr. Benedict advises clients on the regulations related to hazardous waste handling, storage, disposal, and hazardous substance remediation activities.

He also represents clients dealing with solid waste regulations, including collection, recycling, disposal and landfill site selection, operations, and closures.

Professional Activities

Chairman, Associated Oregon Industries, Hazardous Waste Subcommittee

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