Peter F. Durning focuses his practice in the areas of environmental litigation, enforcement defense, land use and permitting, with a specific focus on water and wetlands related matters. His experience includes adjudicatory hearings before the MassDEP, zoning disputes, judicial review of administrative proceedings, and appellate work. He recently prevailed in an adjudicatory hearing on behalf of the developer of a 50-lot residential development located near wetlands and has participated in a range of alternative dispute resolution activities, including arbitrations, multi-party settlement negotiations, and mediations.

Mr. Durning handles a range of wetlands adjudicatory appeals, solid waste site assignment hearings, zoning cases, citizen suits regarding stormwater discharges, U.S. EPA enforcement actions, permitting, business and transactional consulting, as well as local, state and federal permit proceedings and appeals. His clients include public companies, high net worth individuals, investors in renewable energy facilities, small businesses and municipalities.

Mr. Durning is active in the Environmental Law Section of the Boston Bar Association, and was co-chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Durning is a member of the Environmental Business Council as well as the Real Estate Bar Association.

Mr. Durning joined Mackie Shea in May 2011 and was named a shareholder in September 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Durning was an associate at Goulston & Storrs, P.C., where he worked on several environmental remediation cost recovery actions under M.G.L. c. 21E and advised clients on zoning and permitting issues.

Mr. Durning earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2003 and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Durning was a history teacher for seven years, including three years with Teach For America in Trenton, New Jersey, and four years at the Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Durning lives in Newburyport, MA with his wife and children.

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