Thomas A. Mackie



Thomas A. Mackie is an environmental business lawyer. For more than thirty years he has provided advice to businesses and municipalities facing complex environmental issues. He handles a wide variety of environmental matters and business transactions such as renewable energy facility siting, hazardous waste cleanup, private and public environmental contracting, facility acquisition, host community agreements, and litigation of permit appeals. His practice regularly includes facility siting, regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, contracting, public procurement, and insurance coverage cases.

Mr. Mackie focuses on successful siting and permitting of renewable energy, recycling, waste handling and landfill facilities. He develops strategies for reconciling facility siting with community needs, which paves the way for facility development and expansion. His renewable energy cases involve solar, landfill gas, biomass, anaerobic digestion, biofuels manufacture and waste to energy. In addition to state and local permitting, for these and other projects he assists clients with renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, contracting, financing and public procurement issues.

Mr. Mackie has litigated many permit appeals and related matters. Most recently he won a case in the Massachusetts Appeals Court that reinstates the solid waste site assignment modification for the Salem solid waste transfer station that had been revoked by the Superior Court and successfully defended against a multi-party appeal of an air plan approval for a client’s renewable energy biomass electric power project. In 2011, he was selected by the National Waste and Recycling Association to file a “friend of the court” brief on its behalf with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on a solid waste siting issue of critical importance to the industry that was recognized by the Court in its final favorable decision.

Mr. Mackie has led the environmental due diligence in several major environmental industry corporate acquisitions and divestitures. Most recently he assisted a major client in its evaluation of Superfund liabilities prior to its $1.25 billion acquisition of a national hazardous waste and oil re-refining business. In another transaction Mr. Mackie led the firm's participation in environmental due diligence and permit transfers for more than 50 licensed hazardous waste facilities located in 31 states and Canada.

Mr. Mackie has chaired or served as a panelist on numerous committees and seminars on environmental issues for the Environmental Business Council of New England, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He is the author of "Solid Waste Law and Regulation" in Massachusetts Environmental Law, widely regarded as the leading treatise on environmental law. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council and Chairman of its Solid Waste Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association. Chambers USA, publishers of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, ranks Mr. Mackie among the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts. According to Chambers he earns commendations as an “outstanding practitioner” who is “as good as it gets” on solid waste work but is “equally adept at renewable energy.” Best Lawyers in America┬« and Who's Who Legal USA Environment have also consistently recognized Mr. Mackie for environmental law.

Mr. Mackie graduated from Hobart College and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.

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