Philip Tabas is Special Advisor with The Nature Conservancy based in Arlington VA. He served as the Conservancy's General Counsel from 2003 to 2013. He has held a range of legal and non-legal positions in TNC in the areas of land protection, government relations, compatible economic development and conservation planning. Philip has been with the Conservancy for forty years. Philip has been involved in numerous private land conservation and compatible economic development projects, particularly involving the use of conservation easements in the United States and in other countries. He has worked to secure tax incentive policy and legislative changes for conservation at the US Federal and state levels of government as well as in other countries. Prior to TNC, he practiced law with a private law firm, worked as an attorney for the New England River Basins Commission, a government water resources management agency, and was an attorney with an environmental consulting firm. Philip is a tax lawyer and a land use planner by professional training
Region 3 – (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV & 7 federally recognized tribes)
Year of induction:
BA in English Literature, Pennsylvania State University (1968) JD, George Washington University Law School (1971) LLM in Tax Law , Boston University Law School (1983) Masters in City Planning, University of Pennsylvania (1973)
Pennsylvania Massachusetts Virginia
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Member, Board of Directors, The Potomac Conservancy Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Herring River (MA) Lecturer, summer course entitled Ecosystem Conservation Strategies at the Vermont Law School.
co-author, Comprehensive Planning and the Environment, published by Abt Books co-author, Durable Freshwater Protection A Framework for Establishing and Maintaining Long-Term Protection for Freshwater Ecosystems and the Values they Sustain, in Sustainability, 2021