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Thomas N. Masland

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Tom is considered one of the foremost land conservation attorneys in New Hampshire, representing both landowners and conservation organizations in land protection projects and conservation transactions. Tom is a Fellow and a Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, formerly serving as the New Hampshire State Chair.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of land conservation, estate planning and administration, elder law and probate matters; he is also a trained Mediator. In addition, Tom is a frequent speaker on conservation easements and estate planning topics to professionals as well as the general public, on a national and statewide basis.

Tom was the founding Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Nationally, he is a former member of the Conservation Defense Advisory Council of the Land Trust Alliance. He has also been active in statewide environmental matters, serving on the Boards of a statewide political advocacy and education organization, and two regional land trusts. 

Born in Hanover, New Hampshire on July 17, 1951, he graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Maine. Tom lives in Canterbury, New Hampshire with his wife Sylvia Bates, a land conservation professional, and has three children and four grandchildren. Tom and Sylvia enjoy travel, hiking, canoeing, skiing and gourmet cooking.


  • University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Princeton University
    • A.B. - 1973
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admission

  • New Hampshire, 1978

Published Works

  • The Conservation Easement Tool: An Introduction for Landowners
  • Conservation Stewardship Transfer Fees
  • Update on Land

Classes & Seminars

  • Frequent Speaker on Conservation Easements and Estate Planning topics to Professionals as well as the General Public

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Conservation Defense Advisory Coucil of the Land Trust Alliance, Incoming Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association