Dawn Stolfi Stalenhoef serves as senior counsel of Klavens Law Group, P.C. Dawn is an interdisciplinary regulatory attorney, drawing on her diverse experience in the public and private sector to provide regulatory compliance and transactional counseling across a broad array of subjects including environmental regulation, brownfields redevelopment, land use permitting, municipal law, energy regulation, securities regulation, as well as regulation of nonprofits and private foundations.
Dawn brings unique insight gained through her extensive work in the public sector. Prior to joining Klavens Law Group, Dawn was Chief Regional Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Southeast Regional Office, where she assisted in the development and implementation of MassDEP policy, enforcement strategy and regulatory programs. Dawn previously served as a Hearing Officer at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities handling agency proceedings as well as providing counsel to the Commissioners and agency staff on energy regulatory and administrative law matters. Earlier in her career, Dawn served as Assistant Attorney General for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division, where she drafted and negotiated Covenant Not to Sue agreements on behalf of the Attorney General, facilitated public-private partnerships and conducted outreach to promote access to regulatory and financial incentives created to encourage brownfields redevelopment. She also worked as an in-house contractor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, where she assisted with federal permit review, enforcement, training and outreach, and the administration of grant programs. In addition, Dawn served as a member of the Needham Conservation Commission from 2008 to 2013.
Dawn’s background in the private sector is equally extensive and informs her ability to understand the business needs of companies and investors as they seek to assess regulatory risks and negotiate and close transactions. As an attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP, Dawn provided comprehensive regulatory compliance and transactional counseling to large and small businesses, financial institutions, and real estate developers on environmental and land use matters. She managed due diligence projects, and developed internal compliance and auditing programs. Dawn also frequently managed science and engineering experts retained by the firm on behalf of clients, including negotiating expert consulting agreements and reviewing expert work product. In addition, she advised clients on compliance with securities regulations. Dawn previously practiced environmental, land use and municipal law at Anderson & Krieger LLP and Hill & Barlow, PC. Prior to earning her law degree, Dawn served as an Environmental Scientist with Metcalf & Eddy, Inc.
Dawn is co-author (with former MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell) of The Cape Wind Offshore Energy Project: A Case Study of the Difficult Transition to Renewable Energy, 5 Golden Gate Univ. Env. L. J. 197 (2011).
Dawn is a graduate of Merrimack College (BA 1990), Simmons College (MA 1992), and Suffolk University Law School (JD 1999), and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.