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

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

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Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...