Tom West

Secretary, Strategic Initiatives Officer

Tom lives in Loudonville, New York, and has been a lifelong summer resident of Lake George, with family roots that date back to the early 1800’s for his family property in Dunham Bay.  He and his wife, Renée, reside on Assembly Point.  The two of them met on Lake George when Tom was 10 years old.  They have two sons, Thomas and Andrew, both of whom grew up as summer residents on Lake George.  Andrew recently completed renovation of “Mellowstone,” one of the historic structures in the Joshua Rock compound in Dunham Bay that was the library of Edward Eggleston, Tom’s great-great-grandfather and a renowned Lake George author.  

Tom practices law in Albany and has significant experience with environmental and land use issues in the Lake George Basin and elsewhere.  Early on in his career, he handled a number of cases involving development projects on Lake George that helped establish valuable precedent restricting development and minimizing environmental impacts.  These cases helped to establish standards for visual assessments of projects and limitations on pesticide usage.  In 1987, he was one of the lead authors of legislation and regulations that overhauled the Lake George Park Commission, providing the Park Commission with many powers and authorities – some of which remain underutilized to date – to regulate issues of importance to the future of Lake George.  He also helped to author regulations for the Park Commission, including the regulation that designates Lake George and the shoreline of Lake George as a Critical Environmental Area under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Tom is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School.  He has been recognized for his achievements in environmental and energy law fields by the Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Top Lawyers, and Strathmore's Who's Who. He was selected as the 2010 Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who in the field of environmental law and has been rated AV, Preeminent, by Martindale Hubbell.  Tom is a regular speaker regarding issues pertaining to environmental and energy law.   
Tom is Chair of The FUND’s Nominating and Governance Committee, serves on the Waterkeeper Committee, and he and his firm provide pro bono legal assistance to the FUND regarding the Jefferson Project and other issues.