James Voyles serves as Vice President, Policy and General Counsel at HBW Resources. Voyles advises clients on energy, environment, natural resources, and conservation matters in legal, policy, regulatory, and business forums. His practice and broad experience cover issues that include permitting major energy and infrastructure projects, navigating federal and state agency bureaucracies, environmental permits, access to federal land, endangered species planning, and energy generation and transmission issues. Voyles focuses on responsibly developing nearly every energy and natural resource sector including wind, solar, transmission, generation, refining, mineral development, and oil and gas activity.
Prior to joining the firm, Voyles gained extensive experience at the U.S. Department of the Interior as Senior Counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. In these roles, he focused on policy and regulatory changes that streamlined the Department’s NEPA procedures and permitting processes and participated in Inter-agency and Intergovernmental working groups to implement the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding uniformly across the Federal Government. This experience gives Voyles an unmatched perspective into permitting energy and infrastructure on federal lands and in federal waters, the interplay between federal agencies on multi-agency approvals, and working with state, local, and tribal stakeholders to ensure a smooth permitting process.
Voyles earned a Bachelors’ of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Master’s of Science in Public Communications from Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law. James is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.