Thomas Burack Elected as Fellow of American College of Environmental Lawyers

11/7/17

Thomas Burack

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green Shareholder Thomas S. Burack has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). Attorney Burack is one of only twenty attorneys nationwide inducted into the College at its Annual Meeting in October.

ACOEL President, James Bruen of Farella Braun + Martel LLP, stated, “The twenty lawyers elected to the College this year include top environmental lawyers in government service, academia, and private practice, drawn from across the country. These individuals, chosen by their peers, have earned this recognition based on achievements over a minimum 15 year period, during which they have led the field in diverse areas of environmental law and policy. The College is honored to have this distinguished class join its ranks.”

The American College of Environmental Lawyers is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

In January 2017, Burack returned to Sheehan Phinney after serving for over ten years as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. He is a nationally recognized strategic leader in the fields of environmental, public health and energy regulation, as well as organizational management and governance. Burack’s thirty years of experience working in all three branches of government as well as the private sector enable him to provide clients with an in-depth understanding of how the federal, state and local governments operate, and how the public and private sectors can constructively collaborate to solve problems and resolve disputes.

Burack spearheaded the creation of E-Enterprise for the Environment, a shared governance approach among the US Environmental Protection Agency, states and tribal governments to modernize and streamline the business of environmental protection and regulation in the United States. He served as the first state co-chair of the E-Enterprise Leadership Council, which provides strategic direction for the overall initiative and oversight of dozens of E-Enterprise projects. Among other roles, he now serves as an executive advisor and consultant to the initiative.

Burack received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Philips Exeter Academy.

About the Firm

Sheehan Phinney is a full service business law firm representing local, national and international clients with innovative approaches and practical solutions. Founded in 1937, Sheehan Phinney has grown to over 60 attorneys with four offices throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is known for professional excellence, practical counsel and commitment to both its clients and the communities it serves. Sheehan Phinney is the exclusive member in New Hampshire of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of premier independent law firms. For more information, visit www.sheehan.com.

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