James F. Van Orden


New York City | Philadelphia

About James

James focuses his practice on environmental and energy law. In addition, James draws on his 11 years of prior government service to advise clients on a variety of general regulatory and strategic matters. He is a leader of Cozen O’Connor’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) team and has advised dozens of companies on PPP-related issues.

Prior to joining the firm, James worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in a few different capacities. Most recently he acted as senior assistant regional counsel, where he was responsible for environmental counseling and enforcement matters under various statutes, including CERCLA, CWA, RCRA, and CAA in both the federal administrative and judicial contexts. He handled complex judicial enforcement matters in the Marcellus Shale sector, oil spill response, accident prevention, and multimedia context. James was the Lead Region III oil enforcement attorney. He also served as special counsel for enforcement and permitting in the Air Protection Division and began his career at EPA during law school as a paralegal specialist.

James earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude and with honorsfrom Franklin and Marshall College. James earned his Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and he earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending law school, he was the notes editor for the Journal of Law and Technology, president of the Environmental Law Project, and a member of the Holderness Moot Court, Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team.