Thomas A. Mackie ’77, managing shareholder of the Boston-based environmental boutique law firm Mackie Shea, PC, was recently listed in Best Lawyers in America for Expertise in Environmental Law for 2016. This is the eighth year Mackie has been selected to the list, which is compiled based on peer-review evaluation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.
Mackie has provided advice to businesses and municipalities facing complex environmental issues for more than 30 years. His work focuses on successful siting and permitting of renewable energy, recycling, waste handling and landfill facilities. Much of his work involves developing strategies for reconciling facility siting with community needs, which paves the way for facility development and expansion. He has litigated many permit appeals and related matters, and has led the environmental due diligence in several major environmental industry corporate acquisitions and divestitures.
Additionally, he serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Environmental Business Council and chair of its Solid Waste Committee, and on the steering committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association. He is the author of the “Solid Waste Law and Regulation” chapter in Massachusetts Environmental Law, and 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.
Mackie’s law firm has been recognized as a leader in environmental law in several publications such as a first-tier ranking by the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers . The firm also was ranked Tier 1 for both environmental law and environmental litigation in the Boston metropolitan area, and was ranked Tier 1 nationally for environmental litigation.
Mackie received his B.S. in biology from Hobart, and was a member of the Statesmen soccer team and Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is married to Margaret Hewit Mackie ’78.