Jeremy A. Lite, Partner

Biography

Jeremy Lite practices throughout Arizona and in Indian Country with a primary focus on environmental law and litigation, including the defense of lawsuits alleging asbestos exposure and environmental contamination. He also advises clients on water rights, state and federal environmental laws, cultural resources, and Tribal law.

His relevant experience includes:

  • Representation of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in CERCLA sites and related litigation, including negotiation and implementation of consent decrees
  • Advising clients involved in infrastructure development and energy projects on complying with NEPA, ESA, NHPA, and other governmental approval requirements
  • Assisting clients in complying with Arizona water law, and securing the transfer of water rights and wells in connection with farmland, ranches, and other real property transactions in multiple states
  • Working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service, and state agencies to convey grazing authority on federal and state lands; assisting ranchers in borderland areas in working with US Customs & Border Protection and defending private land rights
  • Working with Native American tribal nations to defend their interests in litigation, assist in economic development, and address environmental concerns
  • Representing airline jet fuel consortiums in connection with environmental issues and remediation projects at major airports

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Arizona–James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2000)
    • Arizona Law Review (Symposium Editor; Recipient, Distinguished Editor Award)
    • Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy
    • E. Herbert Herlihy Memorial Award in Law
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1992)
    • Major: Anthropology

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Tohono O'odham Nation
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (MDL)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member: Environmental Litigation Committee – Section of Litigation)
  • Arizona State Bar (Member: Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Environmental Law; 2011–present: Litigation – Environmental)
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers Program Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney (January 2012)