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James L. Noles Jr.

Partner Birmingham
(205) 226-8767
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  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin
    J.D., 1997
  • United States Military Academy, West Point
    B.S., 1990
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1997
About Jim
We were at our wits’ end in having to deliver solutions on cultural resources, wetland mitigation and endangered species for the site. Jim’s knowledge and integrity with the Corps of Engineers and Alabama Historical Commission enabled us to deliver on our commitments.
  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

    Environmental justice is on the verge of becoming not simply a concept but a significant permitting consideration that will have to be addressed in many situations. With respect to historical resources, tribes are exercising more and more of their rights and powers under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which will be a significant development insofar that tribes are entitled to those rights on ancestral homelands as well as their current lands.  Finally, the converging intersection of pesticide use limitations under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and critical habitat protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has the potential to have significant impacts on how and where many industries use pesticides and herbicides (or do not).

  • What types of clients do you represent?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
  • How are you involved in your community?
  • Black Warrior River Keeper v. Southeastern Cheese Corporation: Successfully defended client in Clean Water Act citizen suit in federal court proceedings. (Present)         
  • Black Pinesnake Proposed Listing:  Submitted comments regarding U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the black pinesnake as a threatened species. (May 2015)
  • Industrial Facility Purchase, Athens, Alabama: Counseled and otherwise assisted client in successful acquisition of contaminated facility and completion of Alabama’s brownfields/voluntary clean-up program (2015)
  • Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Successfully represented property owner in dispute involving threatened Perdido Key Beach Mouse. (2014)
  • Abrahams v. Phil-Con Services, LLC: Successfully defended owner and operator of regional landfill against Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) allegations. (2013)
  • City of Ardmore: Successfully negotiated consent decree to resolve city’s alleged wastewater treatment violations. (2013)
  • City of Oxford: Successfully negotiated National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for commercial development. (May 2011)
  • Kemper County IGCC Project: Negotiated National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for energy facility and adjacent coal mine. (June 2010)
  • Alabama River Alliance v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, et al., U.S. District Court for Northern District of Alabama: Successfully represented permit holder intervening in lawsuit to defend Clean Water Act (CWA), Section 404 permit. (March 2009)
  • Thyssen Krupp Steel: Successfully coordinated cultural resource assignment and mitigation efforts in support of permitting of 3,700-acre steel mill. (October 2007)
        • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, J.D., 1997
        • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1990
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 1997
        Professional Affiliations
        • American Bar Association
        • Alabama State Bar
        • Birmingham Bar Association
        • Alabama Historical Association
        Awards & Accolades
        • Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation 
        • The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2011 - present  
        • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law in Birmingham, Alabama
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2012 - present
        • B-Metro, Top Lawyer, 2017
        Community Involvement
        • Alabama School of Fine Arts, Board of Trustees, Chair
        • Mountain Brook Library Foundation, Board of Trustees
        • St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Stewardship Committee
        • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Secretary