Thomas M. Tuori

Partner
  • Rochester and Corning
  • 585.231.1449
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Tom Tuori has more than twenty-five years of diverse experience in the environmental field, including sixteen years of environmental consulting and project management experience before obtaining his law degree. Since joining the Firm in 2007, Tom has counseled clients and provided advice regarding a variety of environmental and land use matters.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York
  • Member, Town of Brighton Monroe Avenue Green Infrastructure Grant Project Committee
  • Former Member, City of Rochester Environmental Commission
  • Former City of Rochester Representative, Monroe County Environmental Management Council

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recipient, John N. Bennett Achievement Award for the highest scholastic achievement in the 2007 graduating class of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
  • Recipient, 1st place, New York State Bar Association's 2005 Environmental Law Essay Contest

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

The following summaries illustrate Tom’s experience as an environmental attorney:

  • Counseled clients regarding the environmental risks associated with business, real estate, and financing transactions (ranging from $1B+ corporate deals to small commercial real estate deals) and developed practical strategies for addressing such risks.
  • Counseled clients regarding the New York State Brownfields Cleanup Program (BCP) and assisted clients with the successful completion of BCP requirements.
  • Counseled clients regarding liabilities and cleanup obligations associated with contaminated properties, negotiated with involved regulatory agencies and other responsible parties, and developed and implemented cost recovery strategies.
  • Counseled clients regarding environmental permitting and regulatory compliance issues involving air emissions, hazardous waste, solid waste, recycling, underground storage tanks, wastewater and storm water discharges, wetlands, and Occupational Health and Safety Administration requirements, developed practical strategies for resolving the issues, and, when necessary, negotiated with involved regulatory agencies.
  • Counseled clients regarding the environmental permitting, zoning, and State Environmental Quality Review Act requirements associated with their projects and developed practical strategies for moving their projects forward.

The following summaries illustrate Tom’s experience as an environmental consultant and project manager:

  • Managed CERCLA cost recovery projects for several Fortune 100 clients that involved assessing and prioritizing the potential claims, preparing cost recovery documentation, participating in settlement negotiations with the USDOJ, and supervising teams comprised of co-workers, sub-consultants, the clients’ staff, and outside counsels’ staff.
  • Managed a multi-year environmental permit transfer project that involved transferring hundreds of permits for domestic and international facilities and serving as the client’s representative in dealings with the USEPA, state agencies, and municipal regulatory agencies.
  • Managed and conducted Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, remedial investigations, industrial hygiene investigations, ISO 14001 environmental management systems audits, and wetland delineations.
  • Drafted environmental impact statements.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-Author. “DEC Initiative Targets Hazardous Waste at Pharmacies, Other [Retail] Entities,” New York Law Journal, April 14, 2015
  • Co-Author. “Hydraulically Fractured Natural Gas Wells Subject to New USEPA Air Regulations,” The Pipeline [Newsletter of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York], Spring 2012
  • Author, "Enforcement of SEQRA Mitigation Measures: Discussion and Case Studies," The New York Environmental Lawyer, Summer 2006

PRESENTATIONS

Tom has presented at seminars and conferences focusing on the storm water regulatory requirements, including at the New York State Bar Association’s and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Anniversary Conference in July 2010 and at the New York State Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s Annual Conference in March 2011.

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2007
  • University of Rochester, B.S., Environmental Engineering, 1987