JJ’s practice focuses on representing the interests of family farmers, landowners, and community groups impacted by development and natural resources decisions. He regularly practices in the areas of environmental law, water law, drainage law, and eminent domain law on issues such as environmental permitting, facility siting, negotiation of surface use agreements with oil operators, land reclamation, environmental litigation and enforcement, environmental permitting, condemnation proceedings, and administrative actions before state agencies and local water resource districts. His work often also intersects with agricultural law, oil and gas law, and administrative law. Before joining the Braaten Law Firm in 2014, JJ began his legal career with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Virginia and Earthrise Law Center in Oregon, where he advocated principally on air quality and mining issues during law school. He has published detailed academic work on the Clean Air Act, served as an editor of the Environmental Law Review, and has experience with the citizen enforcement provisions of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, federal mining laws, and waste management laws. He is also experienced with North Dakota’s unique implementations of these laws. After moving to North Dakota by way of Oregon, New Jersey, and Florida, he is thrilled to have found his home here on the prairie.
JJ’s practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law and litigation, including water law, state and federal environmental law, oil and gas law, and eminent domain law.
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Areas of Practice
- Administrative Law
- Agricultural Law
- Business Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation
- Energy Law
- Environmental Law
- Oil and Gas Law
- Property Law, Land Use, and Zoning
- Tribal Law and Federal Indian Law
- Water Law
- Wind Energy Law