Attorneys Dedicated To Science And Environmental Law
Attorney Matt Watsky founded WatskyLaw in 1994 after studying environmental science as an undergrad and serving five years as deputy general counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Science and environmental law have been the focus of attorney Watsky’s life and career since he completed his undergrad degree more than 35 years ago. He has been joined by his daughter, Rachel, who shares a similar past serving as a wetland scientist and consultant at Goddard Consulting, LLC, before pursuing her legal degree. While in law school, Rachel worked part time for an environmental law attorney and did internships at the Massachusetts Land Court and the Department of Environmental Protection Office of General Counsel. After graduating from law school, she joined WatskyLaw focusing on land use cases and regulatory law.
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Setting Precedents In Landmark Cases
WatskyLaw has been part of many high-profile cases over the years. In Garrity v. Hingham, we achieved a Superior Court judgment reversing conservation commission denial for our client. Then, on appeal by the commission, we succeeded before the Supreme Judicial Court in Garrity v. Hingham Conservation Commission, 462 Mass. 779 (2012), setting the precedent that a commission lacks authority to require an applicant to waive the statutory timelines. The Massachusetts Appeals Court decision also upheld a favorable Superior Court decision in Pollard v. Norfolk. The court reversed a Conservation Commission denial for our client and set a new precedent for the standard, which a Conservation Commission must use when considering expert credible evidence in the record. We also won a judgment from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for our client in Boston Air Charter v. Norwood Airport Commission. This judgment upheld the rights of a fixed base operator (FBO) and held the local sponsor (Norwood Airport Commission) in violation under the FAA grant assurances.
Our track record of success at the negotiating table and in the courtroom has earned our firm a reputation for skilled negotiation and solid results. Recent successes include Oliva v. Marshfield Planning Board (Land Court 18MISC613) (overturn of a denial of special permit and a subdivision) and Michalik v. Quincy ZBA 1882CV667(2020) (appeal to court to successfully challenge illegally issued zoning variance on behalf of abutting land owners).