Dawn E. Winalski

Lawyer (she/her)


I am an experienced lawyer and founded my law firm in 2019. I am excited to work with you and your organization.

Throughout my career, I have worked with a wide range of organizations, from a county-level government with a $450 million operating budget to non-profits just starting out. I have also worked in a wide variety of roles on ballot measure and candidate campaigns. I am excited to use these skills to benefit your organization.

About Me: After growing up in Connecticut and attending college at the University of Rhode Island, I moved to Atlanta to work on stream ecology with AmeriCorps. I worked in Washington, DC, as a Campaign Projects Manager focused on environmental policy at Oceana. After a few years in DC, I moved to Oregon. I attended the University of Oregon School of Law and graduated Order of the Coif.

Living in Alaska: For nearly four years, I lived in Arctic Alaska and worked as an Assistant Borough Attorney for the North Slope Borough. The North Slope Borough is a government similar to a county in the Lower 48. Yet it is the size of the State of Utah, has about 10,000 people and is incredibly remote. As such, it has many unique challenges. I worked closely with the Mayor, Assembly and Borough Departments on a wide range of issues that affect municipalities, and many issues that are unique to the Arctic. I also lived in Anchorage, and worked with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner’s Office.

Other Experience: I served as a Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Judith H. Matarazzo at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel.

Community ActivitiesVice Chair for the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Native American Resources Committee; Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section Outreach Committee; Oregon Women Lawyers Leadership Committee

Outside of Law: I teach yoga (RYT-200 certified), run, hike, and watch college sports. I like to travel, and have visited 23 countries (including seven in 2017).

Admissions:
Oregon State Bar
Alaska Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Klamath Tribal Court

Lightning & Kodiak

Office Cats


Lightning (l) and Kodiak (r) joined my family in October 2018 after being adopted from Cat Utopia. They are happy to “assist” typing and any of the other office needs. They also enjoy watching men’s and women’s college basketball and cheering for the Oregon Ducks and UConn Huskies!