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James Stewart Mattson

James Stewart Mattson, American lawyer, environmental scientist, educator. Fellow Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, 1967-1968; recipient Special Achievement award United States Department Commerce, 1976-1977; Regents Alumni scholar University Michigan, 1963.


  • Mattson, James Stewart was born on July 22, 1945 in Providence. Son of Irving Carl and Virginia (Lutey) Mattson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University Michigan, 1966. Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences, University Michigan, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy in Water Resources Sciences, University Michigan, 1970.

      Juris Doctor with honors, George Washington University, 1979.


    • Staff scientist Gulf General Atomic Company, San Diego, 1970-1971. Director Research and Development Ouachita Industries, Inc., Monroe, Louisiana, 1971-1972. Assistant professor chemical oceanography Rosenstiel School Marine & Atmospheric Science, University Miami, Florida, 1972-1976.

      Physical scientist National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, 1976-1978. Member professional staff & congressional liaison National Advisory Commission on Oceans and Atmosphere, 1978-1980. Partner Mattson & Pave, Washington, Miami, Key Largo, 1980-1986, Mattson & Tobin, Key Largo, 1987-2000.

      Founder/Chief Executive Officer Great House of Wine, Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Napa, California, 1997—2003. Sole practitioner Key Largo, Florida, since 2000. Adjunct professor law University Miami, 1983-1993.

      Consultant Alaska Department Environmental Conservation, 1981-1991, consultant oil and hazardous material spills, natural research damage assessment.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1979, Florida 1983, United States District Court District of Columbia 1979, United States District Court (southern district) Florida 1984, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1979, United States Court Claims 1985, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1985, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1985, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1987, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1990.


    • Author: (with H.B. Mark) Activated Carbon: Surface Chemistry and Adsorption from Solution, 1971. Editor (with others): Computers in Chemistry and Instrumentation, 8 vols., 1972-1976.

      (with P.L. Grose) The Argo Merchant Oil Spill: A Preliminary Scientific Report, 1977, (with H.B. Mark) Water Quality Measurement: Modern Analytical Techniques, 1981. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Candidate district 120 Florida House of Representatives, 1994. Member American Bar Association, American Chemical Society (chairman Symposium on Oil Spill Indentification 1971), Order of Coif.



    Photography, hiking, sailing, scuba diving, fishing.


    • Married Carol Sandry, August 15, 1964 (divorced 1979). Children: James, Birgitta. Married Rana A. Fine, January 5, 1983.
    • father: Irving Carl Mattson
    • mother: Virginia (Lutey) Mattson
    • spouses: Carol Sandry
    • Rana A. Fine
    • children: James Mattson
    • Birgitta Mattson
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    Born July 22, 1945
    (age 72)