James J. Steinkrauss
Of Counsel

Jim is Of Counsel to the firm, and a member of the Environmental Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Jim served as Deputy General Counsel with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, a municipal utility providing water and sewer services to the City of Boston. Jim represented the Commission in a wide variety of environmental, permitting, real estate and other transactions, as well as, almost 20 years of experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, including defense of a Clean Water Act citizen action suit and tort defense.

He was responsible for ensuring environmental compliance with NPDES MS4 permit, Consent Decree implementation, reporting, Lead and Copper Rule compliance, and other environmental/hazmat matters. He worked with local, state and federal agencies on all levels in matters related to real estate transactions, permitting, public construction, procurement, records, ethics and other matters related to municipal utility operations. He has experience with procurement and permitting of a solar panel installation at the Commission’s headquarters, including securing the necessary generation agreements. Prior to the Commission, Jim also worked in-house for a private railroad corporation in New England providing counsel on matters related to transportation, environmental, litigation, and real estate.

Jim recently presented in a webinar entitled, “Encouraging Customer-Initiated LSL Replacement: Two Case Studies,” hosted by the Lead Service Line Collaborative, discussing the Commission’s implementation and management of the Lead Replacement Incentive Program.

Jim earned his B.A. in Economics and History from Boston College, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and recognized as a 2009 In-House Leaders in the Law by New England In-House/Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly.  Jim is currently licensed to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


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Education and Bar Admissions


  • Suffolk University Law School, 2000
  • Boston College, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire