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Gregor I. McGregor, Esq.

Gregor I. McGregor, Esq.

GREGOR I. McGREGOR, Esq. is the founder of New England’s oldest environmental law firm McGregor & Associates, PC in Boston, formed in 1975 and now McGregor & Legere, PC. The firm handles all aspects of environmental law, land use, real estate, and related litigation. The firm is a founding member of the Environmental Law Network (ELN), an alliance of specialty law firms, in the United States and abroad, sharing their legal expertise and practical experience for the benefit of their clients. Mr. McGregor enjoys Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for attorneys (AV).

In 45 years of environmental practice, Mr. McGregor's cases in court broke new ground in the law of Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), wetland and floodplain protection under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, hazardous waste cleanup liability and cost-recovery under the Massachusetts Superfund, reduced taxes and tax exemptions for qualified land conservation transactions, constitutional protections for open space and parkland, Home Rule environmental ordinances and bylaws of cities and towns, law enforcement and contempt remedies, and the constitutional doctrine of Regulatory Takings.

Before 1975, Mr. McGregor was an Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and the first chief of the Attorney General’s Division of Environmental Protection. In that capacity he advised and represented the Commonwealth during the formative years of Massachusetts environmental statutes, agencies, regulations, enforcement and cases in court.

Mr. McGregor is editor of the two-volume treatise on Massachusetts Environmental Law, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.(MCLE). He is co-chair of MCLE’s annual Environmental, Land Use, and Energy Law Conference and MCLE’s Real Estate and Environmental Law Curriculum Advisory Committee. He received from MCLE in 2013 its Scholar-Mentor Award recognizing his dedication to legal scholarship and leadership.

Mr. McGregor chairs the Environmental Committee of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA) and serves as a member of the REBA Board of Directors. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA), which honored him for his career contributions to legal education and effective advocacy on the Home Rule Doctrine. At the National CLE Conference in Vail, CO, Mr. McGregor co-chairs an annual seminar on Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy & Litigation for attorneys from across the United States.

Mr. McGregor is a long time member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) having served as Board President twice. He has handled several cases for MACC as amicus and is a regular presenter at their annual meeting.

Mr. McGregor is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

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Gregor I. McGregor of McGregor & Legere, PC and Pamela D. Harvey will Co-chair the 2018 environmental
law conference for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on February 8. The place is
MCLE's Conference Center at 10 Winter Place in Boston near Downtown Crossing and the Common.

In an unequivocal victory for environmentalists and proponents of open space and outdoor recreation, the MA Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Article 97 protection may be triggered for municipal land without formally recording a deed, conservation restriction, or other instrument in the chain of title. Article 97, enacted by the voters in 1972, is an important element of the state's Public Trust Doctrine protecting public land and water areas.

Gregor McGregor and Luke Legere were invited again this year to present to the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA) their firm's annual review of environmental law developments for municipal attorneys.

Their newest topic was Local Developments in Light of Federal Changes. The presentation, prepared by firm associate Olympia Bowker, covered the anti-environmental initiatives of the Trump Administration, pending rule changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Supreme Court appointments, Executive Orders of the President, federal budget changes, Clean Power Plan, and court decisions on the doctrine of preemption of state and municipal powers and laws.

Other topics at the three-day meeting were Recreational Marijuana, Public Records Law, Employment Discrimination, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation and Appellate Practice, Constitutional Law, Amicus Brief Writing, and Court Cases and Appeals supported by MMLA.

Information on the September 14-16 meeting is on the MMLA's web site. You may obtain the McGregor & Legere Power Point by requesting it from the firm.

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