Janis L. Bladine

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Phoenix, Arizona

In her environmental practice, Janis Bladine advises Arizona businesses on a wide variety of matters including federal and state Superfund sites (CERCLA and WQARF), hazardous waste disposal (RCRA), wastewater, NEPA, and environmental permits.

She provides a practical and resourceful approach to advising clients on how to conduct their businesses in a way that complies with environmental laws while achieving their business goals. Because environmental laws can be complex, Janis translates those regulatory requirements into user-friendly, understandable compliance strategies. She takes the worry out of environmental compliance so that the client can get back to the business of running their business.

Because Janis has represented both regulated persons and regulators, she is able to strike the delicate balance of advocating business needs while addressing the needs of governmental regulators and agencies, striving to arrive at solutions acceptable to all parties.

Clients also call on Janis to secure needed governmental approvals and permits and to serve as a liaison with regulatory agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and local counties, cities and towns.

In commercial real estate transactions, Janis identifies potential environmental issues, reviews and interprets technical reports and findings, identifies options for minimizing liabilities, and supports deal negotiations with respect to environmental issues.

Representative Professional Experience

  • On behalf of a real estate investment company, drafted formal and informal comments on permits pending before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Advised companies, including lenders and a court-appointed receiver, in the environmental aspects of foreclosure and pre-foreclosure actions.
  • Assisted an international aerospace company in auditing its Arizona manufacturing facilities for environmental compliance.
  • Represented a biosolids company in securing an Aquifer Protection Permit from the state of Arizona.
  • On behalf of a major sports team, secured a reclaimed water permit necessary for its training facility.
  • Advised the city of Tempe, Arizona in a wide variety of environmental matters including pre-treatment, brownfields, and general environmental compliance matters.
  • Defended an international aerospace company before the city of Phoenix, Arizona in a wastewater-related show cause hearing.
  • Represented the city of Tempe Pretreatment Division in administrative hearings to enforce local pretreatment ordinances and permit conditions against industrial dischargers.
  • Acquired, renewed, and interpreted industrial pretreatment permits for an international aerospace company.
  • Defended a small business in a county enforcement matter regarding an alleged nuisance, developed a compliance strategy, and obtained grant funds to implement that strategy.
  • Advised a sanitary district on the environmental issues associated with a potential property transaction.
  • Represented a real estate investment company in a 34-day hearing before the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings appealing a mining Aquifer Protection Permit.

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental Law

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona


  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. cum laude - 1997
  • Northern Arizona University
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1993

Published Works

  • Environmental Law Alert: ADEQ Issues New AZPDES General Permit, October, 2012
  • Groundwater Faces New Risks as In-Situ Leach Mining Comes to the West AZ Water Association publication, Fall 2012
  • Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions, The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law, Chapter 7 (2d ed.), 2011
  • Cleanup of Contaminated Property and Liability Under WQARF and CERCLA, The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law, Chapter 6 (2d ed.), 2011


  • Environmental Law: Where We Are, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention
  • What’s Happening and What’s Coming in Environmental Law, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Arizona Forward, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), Member
  • Ladder Down, Class of 2014
  • Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women (AZ CREW), Member
  • AZ Water Association, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

Pro Bono Activities

  • National Charity League (NCL)