Dawn Winalski

Lawyer (she/her)


I founded my law firm in 2019 and 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 am excited to use these skills to benefit your organization. I have also worked on ballot measure and candidate campaigns.

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 then worked in Washington, DC, doing environmental policy advocay 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 Judge 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.

Outside of law: I teach yoga, run, hike and watch college sports. I also like to travel. I have visited 23 countries (including seven in 2017).

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” the Law Office of Dawn E. Winalski with 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!