"Michael is my go-to guy in the Boston area. He is a brilliant environmental lawyer with extensive knowledge of EPA, its regulations, and statutes. But he is also down to earth and very practical with extensive settlement and ADR experience."
- Co-chair, environmental practice, 900 lawyer international law firm and former EPA General Counsel **
"I've known E. Michael Thomas for over 25 years and am very familiar with his work as a senior lawyer for EPA, private practitioner, expert witness, and allocator. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of applicable law and the deep experience to apply that knowledge to the benefit of his clients and other parties who have retained him. Michael is an outstanding professional in the field."
- Mark Schneider, Perkins Coie LLP
"I have known and worked with Michael Thomas for more than 20 years, beginning with the intricacies of a RCRA corrective action site which overlapped with a Superfund site. Michael supported development of a strategic plan, which was proven to be highly successful in limiting our corporation's liability. Through the multi-year process, Michael proved himself to be a masterful negotiator with over a dozen PRPs and their nationally recognized legal talent. Michael stood out as a creative problem solver and deal maker. Michael also negotiated a settlement in which the US Department of Commerce reimbursed our company for the military's contribution to the contamination of our property during WWII. This success, along with others, allowed our business to reverse reserves and added millions in income during a couple lean years. It is a true pleasure to work with Michael as he works collaboratively and with the highest degree of professionalism."
- Gary Kjelleren, Senior Director Environmental Health & Safety for a top 3 defense contractor
Michael Thomas came to our rescue when we were faced with a difficult land issue. Michael helped us plan a strategy. Then, he diligently followed through every step of the way to an excellent conclusion. Our only regret was not getting Michael involved sooner. Thank you Michael!
-Paul and Karolyn Ormond
I have known Michael Thomas for more than 10 years. I relied on him as an expert in a complex federal court cost recovery claim, where he evaluated and rendered an opinion on what each party should be allocated based on case law, the facts and his expertise. He was extremely professional, cost-effective and responsive. He is ethical and smart. His work was invaluable to the case.
-Lisa A. Decker, Senior Counsel, WPX Energy, Inc. (formerly partner at large regional law firms)
We have enjoyed collaborating with Michael on various complex environmental matters over the last decade. He is thoughtful in examining a problem; organized and methodical in his analysis approach; and personable and articulate when communicating with collaborators and stakeholders. Michael is adept at balancing the strategic goals of a project while minding the details that are critical to project success. We look forward to working with him on future projects.
-President and Principals at Gradient **
One’s great hope in hiring an attorney is that they will be able to lower your blood pressure and keep a bad situation from getting worse, and ultimately make it better. I’ve had my share of attorneys who do the opposite. Michael is one of the rare exceptions. We’ve worked with him for going on three years now. The first engagement was with a local historic commission that wanted to keep us from replacing drafty windows in the first home we had purchased for our new family. Michael took care of it more quickly and for less money than I could have dreamed. He told us not to worry about it - that we should spend this time enjoying our new home and let him take care of the conflict. What attorney has that kind of bedside manner? My only regret is that we hadn’t found him sooner.
-Dan Pallota, CEO, Advertising for Humanity
I had the pleasure of working with Michael Thomas at EPA during the nascent years of the Superfund law. We were figuring out for the first time how to bring multiple responsible parties to the table and create a settlement structure that kept them engaged. One of the earliest big settlements was the Cannons Engineering case. It was complex and full of facts that made settlement terms hard to explain and to swallow. Michael put it all together using innovative legal and policy concepts for the first time to create a durable settlement that withstood scrutiny in the First Circuit. It also generated a landmark Circuit Court opinion that has been a mainstay of environmental jurisprudence for over thirty years. Very, very few lawyers can claim this level of contribution to their area of practice. Michael can. And he went on to apply the same skills in subsequent cases as an EPA lawyer and in private practice.
-Pamela Hill, Adjunct Lecturer, Boston University School of Law, former EPA Deputy Regional Counsel
I have known and worked with Michael for almost 15 years. We live in the same town, and both served for a number of years on the local Zoning Board of Appeals. During part of that time I served as chairman, and during other parts Michael served as chairman. Michael is a very experienced and capable environmental attorney. I am a civil trial attorney, as well as a mediator and arbitrator. We have worked together on two significant cases over the past several years. Michael was a great co-counsel in both cases. He is meticulous, careful and reliable. He conveys his thoughts and expectations clearly. His work product is excellent. He has very good command of computers, spreadsheets and power point, and did a terrific job organizing thousands of documents we obtained during discovery so that we could effectively access them during the nearly two-week trial of one of the cases. In the other matter, he very effectively dealt with dissonant family members, all of whom were our clients but had differing interests and who we had to spend time coordinating for their collective good.
-James E. Grumbach, Boston Law Collaborative
** References available upon request.