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James L. Meeder

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James L. Meeder is a partner in the firm's San Francisco office, where he practices civil and criminal trial and appellate work. Jim has 30 years experience in complex civil and criminal environmental cases involving hazardous waste disposal, soil and groundwater contamination, surface water pollution, water quality, discharge permitting, air quality and permitting, land use, food safety, Proposition 65, NEPA/CEQA, CERCLA, RCRA, nuisance and trespass, contract disputes, indemnity claims, and toxic torts.

Jim also has significant experience in complex business trial and appellate work, and resolution by mediation of disputes that have turned, or threaten to turn, into lawsuits. 

Jim practices in state and federal courts throughout California and in many Western states. As an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Jim also offers advice and counseling in connection with potential civil lawsuits, enforcement actions, and criminal prosecutions in all of his practice areas.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins in 2000, Jim was a partner at Beveridge & Diamond LLP (1991-2000) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (1980-1991). Before joining Brobeck in 1975 as an associate, Jim was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher, United States District Court for the Central District of California (1974-1975) and Senior Research Librarian United States Supreme Court (1972-1974).


Jim completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois in 1968, was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Turkey 1968 to 1970, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. County of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona