James Olmsted

Lawyer and Legal Scholar

About James Olmsted 

Attorney James Olmsted presently leads OlmstedLAW in his capacity as chief executive officer, founder, and owner. OlmstedLAW represents clients in legal matters related to land trust organization and operation, fee title land purchases, and conservation easement acquisitions. James Olmsted is able to provide his clients with a uniquely broad background as he has represented both public interest land conservation organizations and national luxury golf and ski resort developers. Among Mr. Olmsted's public interest clients are the Nevada Land Trust, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Feather River Land Trust, and the Shasta Land Trust. Among the commercial development clients Mr. Olmsted represented while an associate attorney at Porter Simon, P.C., a law firm in the Tahoe-Truckee region of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, are Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Corum Real Estate, and the Northstar Ski Resort.

Complementing his commitment to clients, James Olmsted participates in the advancement of his profession by producing legal scholarship. Among his scholarly articles are “The Butterfly Effect: Conversation Easements, Climate Change, and Invasive Species” for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, “Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple Commons,” for the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and “The Future of Perpetuity: Conservation Easement Concerns in the 21st Century” for the Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section. James Olmsted has given presentations on legal matters relating to conservation easements at conferences and events across the nation, including the Land Trust Alliance National Rally at Hartford, Connecticut, the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the University of Oregon School of Law Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at Eugene, Oregon. 

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