Thomas A. Mackie - Mackie Shea, PC

Thomas A. Mackie

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 617-266-5700

Thomas A. Mackie is an environmental business lawyer. For more than twenty-five years he has provided advice to companies in the environmental industry, other businesses and municipalities facing complex environmental issues. His in-depth knowledge of the environmental industry and the regulators makes him an indispensable asset to our clients. He handles a wide variety of environmental matters and business transactions such as renewable energy development, hazardous waste cleanup, facility acquisition and host community agreements. His practice regularly includes facility siting, permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, liability and insurance coverage cases. He is also an environmental mediator having successfully mediated several wetlands disputes for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For several years, Mr. Mackie has been focusing on the developing field of renewable energy facility siting and energy from waste, in addition to his core practice of landfill, recycling and waste handling facility siting.

Mr. Mackie is currently handling the environmental permitting for the first Massachusetts renewable energy power plant that will use recycled wood as a fuel source. He is also actively involved with several other renewable energy project developers seeking to generate energy from waste.  He also assists clients with renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.

Mr. Mackie has led the environmental due diligence in several environmental industry corporate acquisitions and mergers. For example, for one client he led the firm's participation in due diligence and permit transfers for over fifty licensed hazardous waste facilities located in 31 states and Canada. These projects regularly involve the evaluation of myriad environmental liabilities, permits and licenses for industry leaders.

Mr. Mackie has chaired or served as a panelist on numerous committees and seminars on environmental issues for the Environmental Business Council, 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 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council. Chambers USA, publishers of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, ranks Mr. Mackie among the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts. Chambers states "Mr. Mackie stands out for his experience in permitting and facility acquisition for waste management clients. ... Peers find him a tough adversary ('he can withstand the knocks in litigation') but also a balanced and versatile lawyer who will 'work things out creatively'." He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and as one of the country's leading practitioners by Who's Who Legal USA Environment 2008, the official Research Partner of the International Bar Association.

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.


Hobart and William Smith CollegesBS 1977Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D. 1981
Boston Bar AssociationEnvironmental Business Council New EnglandEBC NE Solid Waste Committee

Case History

TBI, Inc. v. Board of Health of North Andover — Appeal of solid waste site assignment denial and impostion of hearing fees.
Sturbridge Board of Health v. Southbridge Board of Health — Prepared and filed amicus brief in Supreme Judicial Court on standing of ten citizen groups to appeal solid waste site assignment.
Clean Harbors, Inc. acquistion of Safety-Kleen Chemical Services Division — Performed environmental due diligence and permit transfer for over 50 hazardous waste facilities in 31 states.
City of Northampton Department of Public Works Landfill — Successfully defended City of Northampton Department of Public Works against zoning enforcement action seeking to close City's municipal solid waste landfill.
Palmer Renewable Energy, LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Springfield

Prevailed in overturning Zoning Board of Appeals revocation of building permits for biomass power plant before Massachusetts Land Court and before Massachusetts Appeals Court.  The SJC declined defendant's application for Further Appellate Review. 

Michelman et. al. v. City of Springfield and MGM Redevelopment LLC — Successfully defended MGM Redevelopment LLC, casino developer in City of Springfield, against Land Court challenge to casino project zoning approvals by abutter.
Theophilopolous v. Salem Board of Health and Northside Carting Inc. — In Massachusetts Appeals Court, succeeded in overturning Superior Court judge's revocation of solid waste site assignment issued to client, Northside Carting, Inc. for the City of Salem solid waste transfer station

Client Comments

"Tom Mackie has the experience to professionally take on any environmental matter."

-Michael Camara
Disposal Service, Inc.
New Bedford Waste Services, LLC/ABC Disposal Service, Inc.

"Tom Mackie is a pioneer in the field of environmental law, and he provides well-reasoned and practical advice to complicated and protracted matters."

-Michael McDonald
General Counsel
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

"Tom Mackie is clearly at the head of his class on environmental matters, as his experience, knowledge, and excellent personality combine with a high level of common sense. "

"Thomas Mackie is very competent, detail oriented, and smart in all areas of our requirements for energy and environmental practices and litigation."

"Thomas Mackie is knowledgeable, level-headed, and unflappable."

-Virginia Valiela
Executive Director
Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse District

"Thomas Mackie is an outstanding attorney with attention to detail and good strategic sense. I highly recommend him."

Office Location

20 Park Plaza, Suite 1118,
Boston, MA 02116
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Counseling, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste)
Litigation - Environmental

Other Information

Gender: Male