Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Thomas J. Paul

Thomas J. Paul


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Syracuse Office

Barclay Damon Tower
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Tom advises utilities, businesses, and individuals on a diverse array of federal and state environmental laws related to wildlife imports and endangered species, natural gas transmission and development, CERCLA/Superfund negotiations and litigation and natural resource damages.

As part of our collaborative team of environmental attorneys, Tom has experience providing counsel on threatened and endangered species matters, addressing wildlife importation issues, performing environmental due diligence and permitting for the sale of energy-generating assets, assisting with the environmental approvals process for large transmission and pipeline projects, and working on federal and state Superfund sites.

Tom's education and work experience give him the scientific background behind many environmental issues and the ability to more effectively communicate with technical consultants. Tom graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Tom also received a Master's of Environmental Management from Yale University. While in school, he worked at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Representative Experience

  • Provided energy utility with comprehensive factual and legal analysis of claims and defenses arising from the Hudson River and Onondaga Lake Superfund Sites. 
  • Analyzed potential threatened and endangered species issues for an electric transmission client in the development of a transmission line project. 
  • Provided counsel regarding state approvals for an interstate pipeline project.
  • Counseled several clients regarding importations of wildlife and specimens into the U.S.
  • Performed environmental due diligence and coordinated permit transfers for the sale of several large energy-generating assets. 
  • Coordinated transfer of environmental permits and registrations for the purchaser of an oil refinery. 
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for client concerning a large federal CERCLA/Superfund site.
  • Assisted energy client with the preparation of documents in the Part 102 process before the New York Public Service Commission for the approval of a substation.
  • Assisted with appellate brief for municipality involving the successful defense of a challenge of municipal landfill operations.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and updates of the latest legal and regulatory activities regarding shale gas and pipelines.
  • Represent large corporation in pending CERCLA action concerning historic hazardous waste contamination.

Practice Areas


  • Vermont Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
  • Yale University, M.E.M., 2010
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S., summa cum laude, 2006

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 2011

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association 

Speaking & Publications

  • Regular contributor to Hiscock & Barclay's Energy Matters Blog
  • "Increasing Federal Regulation: NY Shale Development Part 2," Law360, February 4, 2013
  • "New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Proposes Article X Regulations," Legal Alert, February 2012
  • “Regulatory and Case Law Update on Marcellus Shale,” CLE Presentation, Monroe County Bar Association, January 2012 
  • “Challenging Local Bans on Gas Drilling,” Law360, January 2012 
  • "Lawsuits Challenge Local Bans on Shale Gas Drilling," Legal Alert, December 2011
  • "EPA Proposes Air Standards for Hydraulic Fracturing," Legal Alert, August 2011
  • “The Regulation of Geologic Carbon Storage,” Yale Climate and Energy Institute, March 2010

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Summer Associate (2008 and 2009) 
  • New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Assistant Farm Products Inspector I (2006) 
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Forestry Intern (2005)