Wesley is a partner at the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney, where his practice areas include environmental and employment law. He is also a certified mediator. Wes provides counsel and represents clients on a wide range of environmental matters before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. He has substantial experience in both the private and public sectors, with a special interest in environmental liability and compliance issues as they relate to business and real estate development, property ownership, insurance coverage and lender liability.
He also has a background and interest in civil rights law, having served both as an advocate for the poor in a neighborhood legal services office and as a project director at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, presenting cases and writing advisory opinions and decisions on housing and employment discrimination. He presently advises and represents clients on a wide range of employment issues including matters before the MCAD.
Wes regularly represents clients in dealings with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and various other state and local agencies and private parties dealing with, among other things, state hazardous waste sites and federal Superfund sites. He has provided compliance counseling and legal advice in a wide range of corporate, real estate and financial transactions and works with clients to develop, implement and maintain effective environmental management programs. He assists clients in interpreting, complying with and/or negotiating the terms and conditions contained in the complex governmental regulations, permits and contracts affecting day to day business operations.
Prior to joining Morrison Mahoney, Wes served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, where he helped draft the "Chapter 91" regulations, the regulations governing the controversial development of the downtown Boston waterfront, and as an enforcement attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to the MCAD, Wes was a staff attorney at Cambridge Legal Services, where he focused on state and federal laws as they apply to education, housing and employment. He was also Regulatory Advisor to Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, where he advised the company on a range of issues including contract compliance, compliance with state and federal minority hiring policies, and project licensing.
Wes is actively involved with the community and has served on numerous boards including the New England Aquarium Board of Trustees, the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Board of Directors, the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Smaller Business Association of New England’s Environmental Issues Committee (former Chairman), and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Minority Counsel Program.
- Represented real estate developer with compliance with city and state regulatory compliance regarding large South Boston commercial/residential development project
- Represented business client in negligence lawsuit against commercial landlord
- Obtained favorable settlement of litigation against client municipality regarding hazardous waste landfill
- Obtained favorable MCAD decision in defense of employer client against claim of wrongful termination
- Obtained reversal of unemployment board decision regarding denial of benefits to client
- Boston Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
- Advisory Council of the International Oil Marketers Association
- The Trustees of Reservations
- Northeast Arc Committee