Practice Areas

Environmental Environmental, Climate Change, and Energy Law The firm practice focuses on counseling, litigation, and transactions involving environmental, energy, and natural resource matters. Read More
Litigation Litigation The firm offers to represent businesses, government agencies, community and public interest groups, and individuals in the courts at all levels Read More
Business Law Business Law The firm provides outside counsel and transactional advice to small and large businesses. Significant discounts in legal fees apply compared to big firms. Read More

About James M. Birkelund


  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Synergy (Electricity Retail Corporation), Australia
  • Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1999
  • M.S., Resource Policy, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, 1999
  • B.A., Geology and Economics, Colgate University, 1993
Mr. Birkelund represents public interest groups and businesses, as well as individuals, in a wide variety of legal matters. With over fifteen years of experience, his core competencies include litigation and business law, and he has been extensively involved with environmental, climate change, energy, and transactional matters. Mr. Birkelund has litigated in state and federal court, lobbied state and federal officials, and engaged in complex negotiations to settle disputes and execute transactional agreements.

Bar Admissions: State of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in Northern District, Eastern District, and Central District of California James M. Birkelund

Representative Clients

Climate Change Law Foundation Earth Island Institutes Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
Plastic Pollution SBUA IN Solar California State Parks Foundation
San Fracisco Transit Riders Cleantech Law Partners We Tap Inetrenational Development Exchange
Silicon Velly Finance Group Sierra Club Indigenous Environmental Network Women's Earth Alliance