James Kezele practices in the firm's Real Estate and Environmental Groups where he represents public and private companies and municipalities to ensure their compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

James has significant experience counseling clients on the Clean Air Act and state air pollution laws as well as on the processes for applying for, negotiating the terms of, and complying with various environmental permits, including Title V permits, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits, and NPDES wastewater permits. He also counsels clients through transactions involving the purchase and sale of contaminated properties and has experience evaluating environmental due diligence investigations including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Subsurface investigations, and other regulatory due diligence. James frequently works with clients to perform facility or programmatic environmental audits and prepare for facility inspections to develop regulatory responses. He also advises clients on mineral leasing.

Prior to joining KMK, James was an associate for a mid-sized law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a member of the firm’s litigation group. There, James advised and represented clients with respect to environmental litigation, labor and employment law, transportation law, and general commercial litigation. Prior to law school James served as a Paralegal Specialist for the United States Department of Justice - Environment & Natural Resources Division where he gained valuable experience in environmental compliance and environmental litigation. 

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, Chair  

Kentucky Bar Association

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Josh Cares, Board Chair 

Blue Ash YMCA, Volunteer Soccer Coach

Awards & Recognition

Named to Ohio Rising Stars, 2017-2020

Dean Lisa A. Kloppenberg Outstanding Student, University of Dayton School of Law, 2012

Presidential Scholarship and CALI Awards for Excellence in obtaining the highest grade in Civil Trial Lab; Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation; Cybersecurity National Security Law; and Capstone: Cybersecurity Law.

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J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 2012

B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 2007

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