Firm Successes

Gail Magenau Hire’s parents, Tom and Mary Beth Magenau, won the 2019 National Wetlands Landowner Stewardship Award from the Environmental Law Institute for wetlands restoration work at their Tri-State Marine (TSM) dealership in Deale, Maryland.  For more than 50 years, the Magenaus have combined business goals with sustainable practices to protect the Chesapeake Bay.  Their recently completed, state-of-the-art, green infrastructure project provides habitat and food for wildlife and protects Herring Bay by filtering runoff to one of its tributaries.  From humble beginnings in 1965, TSM has grown into a successful, full service marine business that sells and services powerboats up to 37 ft.  Starting in 1999, TSM has funded complex permitting and specific land acquisitions, including placement of 40 acres into permanent conservation that led to this project’s feasibility.  The Executive Director of the Arundel Rivers Federation described the project as “the first public private partnership for storm water management in South Anne Arundel County and will prevent nearly 10,000 pounds of sediment to annually flow into the nearby creek.”  Anne Arundel County’s incentive program allows a fifty percent reduction in stormwater fees for such voluntary and sustainably-managed stormwater projects.  Other benefits included construction jobs and student and community group engagement. 

The firm and its three shareholders were recognized again as one of the top environmental law firms in Massachusetts in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA Guide.  According to Chambers, the firm is known for its “respected practice, its litigation prowess and representation before state and federal agencies, its effective handling of licensing disputes, (and) broad experience in matters such as solid waste management, renewable energy plants, and residential and commercial developments.” Clients state the Mackie Shea attorneys “understand the Massachusetts regulations extremely well and have the ability to strategize in the context of the state and local political realities.” The firm’s lawyers are “professional, responsive, knowledgeable and skilled.”

Peter Durning prevailed on motions in the Supreme Judicial Court and the Land Court on a water rights dispute between two municipalities.

John Shea negotiated an Administrative Consent Order with Penalty (ACOP) with MassDEP for a national home builder.

Tom Mackie negotiated an ACOP with MassDEP for a commercial wastewater treatment facility.

Since our most recent newsletter, Tom represented clients in solid waste site assignment hearings resulting in modification to an existing site assignment allowing the vertical expansion of an ash landfill; a site assignment for a new rail served handling facility, and modification to an existing site assignment allowing a construction and demolition debris handling facility to accept municipal solid waste.