Biography

With more than 30 years of experience in environmental law, Tom is a distinguished attorney in the field. From Preti Flaherty’s Boston office, he advises national and international companies with operations in New England—as well as insurers, small businesses, individuals, and municipalities—on a variety of business and operational issues arising in the context of land use and environmental law, such as site investigations and remedial actions under the National Contingency Plan and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. The focus of Tom’s practice is on matters involving hazardous materials and oil in the environment, including the lease, sale, and development of environmentally impacted commercial property (brownfields); regulatory compliance; risk management; insurance coverage; and contract review, drafting, and negotiation, and multi-party negotiations for the resolution of potential liability at Superfund sites across the region.

As an attorney in the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Monitoring at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, Tom provided legal support to EPA regional offices in the development and prosecution of enforcement actions under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and participated in developing and implementing related policies.

He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Northeastern University School of Law. Following law school, he served as a clerk to the Hon. A. Franklin Burgess, Jr., in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was an Associate at a DC law firm before moving over to the EPA. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Tom served for more than two decades as a Partner and Of Counsel at notable law firms in Boston.

Tom lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Professional Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional Association, Regulations Committee
  • Environmental Business Council of New England, Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Middlesex County Beekeepers Association, President 2009-Present

Firm Highlights

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

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Press Coverage

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On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

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Occasionally, a lender will be served a notice from a municipality alerting the lender that a mortgaged property has had unpermitted construction projects, or otherwise violates the municipal building code. The Maine Uniform Building...

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The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Jonathan Piper elected to Portland Public Library Board of Trustees

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that Jonathan Piper has been elected to serve on the Portland Public Library’s Board of Trustees. Jon has a long history of service to several local organizations including...