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.

Some of his representative matters include environmental due diligence, advising clients on NPDES general permits for both wastewater and stormwater discharges, site remediation activities, and air permitting matters. He represents a utility client on filings and administrative proceedings with the NH Public Utilities Commission. He has advised clients on matters such as real estate transactions, wetlands and environmental permitting, lead and copper rule compliance, public construction, procurement, public records, and ethics. In his prior role, he also served as a project manager for an extensive Stormwater Utility Feasibility study.

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 New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bars. A member of the Massachusetts and NH Bar Associations, American Water Works Association, and New England Water Works Association. He was previously recognized as a 2009 In-House Leaders in the Law by New England In-House/Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly.


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Education and Bar Admissions


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

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire