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Barclay Damon

Thomas F. Walsh

Thomas F. Walsh


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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Tom is a seasoned environmental attorney who has practiced in all areas of environmental law since the seminal statutes were passed in the late-1970s and early-1980s.

As noted in U.S. News & World Report’s Law Firm Rankings edition, Tom has put together an experienced legal team to support a broad practice that ranges from simple to complex environmental law matters, including administrative orders on consent and cost recovery litigation under the federal and state Superfund and oil spill laws; the purchase or sale of companies or properties with substantial environmental exposure; and the permitting, planning and zoning of projects with significant environmental impacts. He has and continues to represent an equally broad range of clients from an industry group, to a utility, to a transportation corporation, several Fortune 500 corporations, mid-cap manufacturers, numerous small businesses, to both developers and municipalities, to individuals, before numerous State and federal agencies, on matters as diverse as brownfield redevelopment and tax credits, oil spill and hazardous substance remediation, NEPA/SEQRA, historic preservation matters under federal Section 106/NYS Section 14.09; coastal zone consistency, dock licensing, environmental restoration projects, solid and hazardous waste regulations, petroleum and chemical bulk storage, release/spill reporting, and Form R/Toxic Release Inventory reporting.

Tom serves as the Managing Director of the firm's Rochester Office.

Tom is admitted in federal and state courts and regularly handles environmental litigation cases for his clients. Tom has demonstrated his leadership abilities by serving on the firm’s Management Committee from 2004-2010. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law and Regulation at Rochester Institute of Technology for seven years. He has served since 1997 as the chair of the Monroe County Local Emergency Planning Committee and was appointed in 1996 by Governor Pataki to the New York State Superfund Management Board, which he served on until the Board dissolved in 1999. The New York State Business Council gave Tom its award for outstanding leadership on Superfund Reform/Brownfields Incentive Project in 1998.

Practice Areas


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1985
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, B.S., Landscape Architecture, summa cum laude, 1978
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, B.S., Environmental Science, summa cum laude, 1977

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1986

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Academy of Law Member, Environmental Committee Chair (1991-93)
  • New York State Business Council, Environmental Committee

Civic Activities

  • Rochester Yacht Club, Board of Governors
  • Genesee Valley Club, Member and New Member Orientation Committee
  • Monroe County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Chair and Member
  • Brighton Park Land Trust, Founding Board Member
  • Center for Environmental Information, Board Member
  • GEVA Theatre Center, Board Member
  • Brighton Department of Parks and Recreation, Chair of Advisory Board, 1991-2004
  • New York State Superfund Management Board, appointed by Governor Pataki, 1996-1999

Speaking & Publications

  • New York State Senate’s Legislative Committee on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste; Statement on Reformation of Superfund Program, November 17, 1994
  • GLI’s NYS Environmental Law Handbook; editor, State Superfund Law and SEQRA chapters, 1993 and 1994
  • New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program, Business Council of New York State’s Industry-Environment Conference, October 2005
  • Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation, Lorman Seminar, December 2005


  • ALM Top Rated in the field of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources for Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental
  • The Best Lawyers’ Rochester Environmental "Lawyer of the Year," 2012-2013, 2019 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2018 for Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental
  • New York State Business Council, award for outstanding leadership on Superfund Reform/Brownfields Incentive Project
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory 2010-2012 for Environmental

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Rochester Office Managing Partner
  • Nixon Peabody, LLP, Of Counsel
  • A.E. Bye & Associates, Landscape Architect