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

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Middlesex County Beekeepers Association, President 2009-Present

Firm Highlights

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Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

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Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

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Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

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Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

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Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

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Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...