Gail E. Magenau



Gail E. Magenau Hire joined Mackie Shea in September 2003. Her current practice focuses on development permitting, enforcement defense, regulatory compliance, analysis and negotiation of business contracts, and environmental litigation. She has negotiated multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions and represented clients at zoning and permitting hearings before local boards. Her permitting work often involves land use matters such as preparing easements and conservation restrictions. Before joining the firm, she handled corporate and business matters for clients ranging from start-up to nation-wide businesses as an associate with a 70-lawyer Boston law firm.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Hire served both public and private clients for more than five years in a wide variety of environmental matters as both an environmental engineer and consultant. She has conducted facility audits for manufacturing companies, trained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff on toxic release inventory reporting, prepared air permits, and advocated for technical changes in environmental regulations. Her expertise includes air dispersion modeling and analysis of chemical accident scenarios. She assisted EPA to develop risk management regulations under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act Amendments, and drafted technical guidance for Superfund regulations. In addition, Ms. Hire was a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section.

Ms. Hire is a former co-chair of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the Boston Bar Association. She volunteered as a legal advisor to the Citywide Groundwater Emergency Task Force, which is working to solve the problem of groundwater insufficiency in Boston and other historic towns. Ms. Hire was selected as a Massachusetts SuperLawyers Rising Star each year from 2006 through 2009.

Ms. Hire earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2001, where she was a member of the Environmental Law Society and taught environmental law to Boston College undergraduates. She holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and both a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. from Bucknell University. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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