For Immediate Release
Nov. 1, 2011
Contact: Susan Allen
Gov. Shumlin appoints attorney Thomas G. Walsh as Environmental Judge
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced he will appoint Burlington attorney Thomas G. Walsh to the Environmental Division of the Superior Court. Walsh, who has practiced environmental law for 18 years, will replace retiring Judge Merideth Wright.
“It is a great honor to be appointed by Governor Shumlin as an environmental judge,” Walsh said. “The Environmental Division is important to our State’s natural resources and our economy. I look forward to serving our State and applying my energy and experience to ensure that the Environmental Division is regarded with integrity and fairness.”
“Tom will bring strong experience in all facets of environmental practice and a common sense approach to the bench,” Gov. Shumlin said. “I’m sure that he and Judge Durkin will ensure decisions are issued in a timely manner and are consistent with the law.”
Walsh is a founder and managing partner in Walsh & Monaghan LLP, a full service law firm focusing on land use and environmental law. Prior to law school, he practiced environmental engineering for four years with a national environmental consulting firm.
He received his BS in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in 1986, and his Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 1993. Walsh served as Associate General Counsel for the Environmental Board from 1999 to 2005. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Intervale Center.
The Environmental Division has statewide jurisdiction to hear appeals from state land use permit decisions (Act 250), state environmental permits and other decisions of the Agency of Natural Resources, and from municipal land use zoning and planning decisions.
Gov. Shumlin noted the strong pool of applicants for the seat. Also serving in the Environmental Division is the Honorable Thomas Durkin.