With over 20 years of experience, Dawn Stolfi Stalenhoef brings expertise in environmental and land use law, commercial real estate, project development, and regulatory compliance. She practices with fellow attorneys in the Environmental, Real Estate, Corporate, and Nonprofit Organization Groups.
Dawn has broad public and private sector experience. Prior to joining Casner & Edwards, she worked as Senior Counsel at Klavens Law Group, P.C., where she provided transactional, environmental, land use, and regulatory compliance counseling to clients in the renewable energy industry. Prior to Klavens, she served as Chief Regional Counsel for the southeast regional office of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Earlier in her career, Dawn worked in private practice as an Associate at Bingham McCutchen, LLP and served as Assistant Attorney General with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division. Dawn began her career working as an environmental scientist in consulting engineering after completing a MA focused in Environmental Studies.
Honors & Awards
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, "Top Women of Law," 2023
JD, Suffolk University Law School
MA, Simmons College
BA, Merrimack College
- Advised prospective sellers, purchasers and lessees of complex properties regarding cleanup and redevelopment strategies and management of transactional risk
- Counseled commercial clients regarding strategic project planning, site assessment, and comprehensive project permitting
- Provided due diligence support for buyers, sellers and financing parties
- Appeared before municipal boards on behalf of project proponents; managed interdisciplinary technical experts providing support for municipal board presentations
- Provided corporate transactional and regulatory compliance counseling to institutional clients, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and entrepreneurs, real estate developers, other private sellers and prospective purchasers
- Drafted and negotiated administrative settlement agreements, access agreements, financial assurance mechanisms, and other documents pertinent to compliance and the administration of regulatory agency programs
- Provided transactional support for acquisitions and project development including land leases, power purchase agreements and other documents associated with participation in the MA SMART program
- Director, Massachusetts Association Of Conservation Commissions
- Director, Needham Land Trust, Inc.
- Regulations Committee Member, Licensed Site Professionals Association
- Co-chair, BBA's Wetlands and Waterways Committee of the Environment and Energy Section
- Member, Chief
- Chief is a private network designed for the most powerful women in executive leadership to strengthen their leadership, magnify their influence, and pave the way to bring others with them. Launched in 2019 by Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan, its mission is to drive more women to the top and keep them there. Chief has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021, and its diverse membership includes 10,000 of the most senior executives in the United States.
- Member, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), Massachusetts Chapter
- Former Commissioner, Needham Conservation Commission, 2008 – 2013