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

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...