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James O'Toole, Jr.

James O'Toole, Jr.


Philadelphia, PA
Newark, NJ

How Jim Helps Clients 

Jim is a shareholder in Buchanan’s energy section. He focuses his practice on environmental and energy litigation, and related transactional and regulatory counseling. He has prosecuted and defended complex litigation; and counseled clients on related regulatory compliance and permitting issues(including advising on renewable energy mergers and acquisitions, new market entry and start-up ventures) in the oil and gas, utility scale wind and solar, coal and minerals mining, waste transportation and disposal, manufacturing, chemical, petrochemical, real estate, retail, health, insurance and military defense industries.

Jim has been an energy community thought leader and organizer within the 11 county Greater Philadelphia Region. He has chaired the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Energy Action Team (GPEAT). GPEAT brings together 150+ industry leaders committed to delivering affordable energy solutions to benefit the current families and businesses living and operating in Greater Philadelphia while attracting new regional development and growth opportunities.

Proof Points

  • Consistently selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list for environmental and energy, as noted in Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine.
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® list consecutively since 2018 in the Energy, Environmental and Environmental-Litigation categories.
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2021 and 2024 Energy Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia and was named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Environmental-Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia.
  • Named to the 2014 Super Lawyers® Business Edition List; and to "Who's Who in Energy," as noted in the Philadelphia Business Journal and Pittsburgh Business Times.
  • AV® Preeminent certification, Martindale-Hubbell's® Peer Review Ratings.

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