Philip Tabas


Philip Tabas is Special Advisor with the North American Conservation Region of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA. He served as the Conservancy’s General Counsel from 2003 to 2013. He has also 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 thirty-five 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 also worked to secure tax policy and legislation changes for conservation at the U.S. Federal and state levels of government as well as in other countries. He is an author of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment, published by Abt Books; a member of the Board of Directors of The Potomac Conservancy. Prior to TNC, he practiced law with a private law firm, worked as an attorney for a government water resources management agency and was an attorney with an environmental consulting firm. Philip holds a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University, a JD from the George Washington University Law School, a Masters of Land Use Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LLM in tax law from Boston University Law School.