Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980, cum laude

London School of Economics, Master's Degree, 1977, with distinction

Harvard College, B .A., 1976

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
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James B. Witkin

Partner
ph: 301.961.5189
Bethesda
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
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James B. Witkin chairs the Environmental Practice Group at Linowes and Blocher LLP. Mr. Witkin's area of concentration is commercial real estate, with an emphasis on environmental aspects of real estate and commercial transactions, including the law of brownfields, underground storage tanks, mold, asbestos, contaminated properties, and green buildings. His practice concentrates on transactions impacted by environmental issues and client representation before environmental regulatory agencies.

Mr. Witkin is a frequent author and lecturer on environmental issues. He has chaired and participated in national and local bar seminars on underground storage tanks, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, and voluntary cleanup programs, and has spoken to industry groups on a wide range of environmental, green and sustainable development, and real estate topics. He is the former co-chair of the Environmental Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and has served as vice chair of that Section’s Indoor Air Committee. He serves as the Policy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Chapter of the National Brownfields Association.

He is the editor and contributing author of the book Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions, published by the American Bar Association, which was the ABA’s first book on this topic. He has served on the editorial boards of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Real Estate/Environmental Liability News, published by LRP Publications, and The Underground Storage Tank Guide, published by Thompson Publishing Group. For several years he edited the Environmental Law Update column in Probate & Property magazine, published by the ABA.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015
  • Selected as a Fellow by The American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
  • Greater Washington Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO, August 2005

Professional Background

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 1993-Present
  • Content, Tatusko & Patterson, Partner and Associate, 1987-1993
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Associate, 1981-1987

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Maryland State Bar Association

The District of Columbia Bar

American Bar Association

National Brownfields Association, Maryland Chapter, Executive Committee Member

ALI-ABA Environmental Law Advisory Panel, Past Member