Firm Successes – Fall 2018

On November 1, Best Law Firms (2019 edition) ranked Mackie Shea Tier 1 for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation in the Boston Metropolitan Area.  In August, The Best Lawyers in America again selected Tom and John for inclusion in the 25th Edition for their high caliber work in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation.  Best Lawyers has recognized both Tom and John for their expertise and distinction for over a decade.  In May, Chambers USA released its 2018 Rankings, again including the firm among the top environmental law firms in Massachusetts.  According to Chambers, the Mackie Shea team is known for its “respected practice, noted for its litigation prowess and representations before state and federal regulatory agencies. Noted for its effective handling of licensing disputes. Broad experience in matters such as solid waste management, renewable energy plants, and residential and commercial developments.”  Chambers also ranked all of our shareholders, Peter Durning, John Shea and Tom Mackie, among the best individual environmental attorneys.  John, Tom and Peter are 2018 New England and Massachusetts SuperLawyers for environmental law and litigation.  These recognitions are humbling and gratifying, because the ratings are based on client referees, peer reviews, and third-party validation.  We wouldn’t be recognized for our accomplishments and skills without the challenging and cutting-edge cases entrusted to us by our clients.  Thank you.

Tom Mackie received the Stephen G. Lewis Environmental-Energy Merit Award for Service to the Environmental Industry at the 25th Annual EBEE ceremony on June 27, 2018.  He was chosen for the Award by the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) in recognition of his meritorious service, leadership and dedication to improving the quality of the environment and to the development of the environmental industry in New England.  Tom served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EBC for two years, and chairs many EBC education programs.

Outgoing EBC Chair, Tom Mackie, EBC President, Dan Moon, and incoming EBC Chair, Bob Cox.
Mike Scipione, a former EBC Chair and President of Weston & Sampson, presented the Stephen G. Lewis Environmental-Energy Merit Award for Service to the Environmental Industry to Tom Mackie.








At the same award ceremony, Tom presented to MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg the Paul G. Keough Environmental-Energy Award for Government Service.  Paul served over 20 years as EPA Region 1’s Press Secretary, Deputy Administrator, and acting Regional Administrator under both democrat and republican Presidents.  Paul was a beloved, energetic and committed public servant and friend.  So, too, is Marty Suuberg with over 30 years of experience in state and federal environmental and natural resource agencies as a lawyer, manager and Regional Director.  He has been MassDEP Commissioner since January 2015.

Tom presented the Paul G. Keogh Environmental-Energy Award for Government Service to MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.

John Shea acted as Hearing Officer to the Dennis Board of Health on a proposed site assignment modification for a new municipal solid waste transfer station.

John negotiated an Administrative Consent Order (ACO) with the LSP Board on a license suspension.  John also negotiated an ACOP for an international corporation with MassDEP for excessive wetland alteration during work under an emergency certification to eliminate upstream flooding from beaver activities.  The client must restore the wetlands under an approved Wetland Restoration Plan and pay an administrative penalty with a suspended amount.