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Experienced Environmental Lawyer

With extensive experience specializing on issues related to environmental science and environmental law, Winalski Law LLC is well-equipped to assist you and your organization with regulatory compliance, environmental advocacy and litigation in the fields of natural resources and environmental law, energy law, renewable energy, water law,  environmental justice and Indian law. Winalski Law LLC is experienced in advocating on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples and organizations on issues related to environmental, natural, cultural and subsistence resources.

For example, an as Assistant Borough Attorney with the North Slope Borough, Dawn worked closely with the Mayor and Borough staff on a variety of topics. As the lead attorney in environmental law, she worked with policy staff, western scientists, and holders of indigenous knowledge (including subsistence hunters) to review oil & gas permits and regulations to best advocate for the needs of the community. She worked on projects in several major areas of activity in the Arctic, including Prudhoe Bay, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, near-shore oil & gas projects, offshore oil & gas projects and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also addressed issues related to endangered species, including polar bears, ice seals, and walrus.

In addition, Dawn’s environmental experience includes serving as the Intergovernmental Coordinator with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner’s Office, clerking with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel, and clerking with the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Before law school, Dawn worked in marine policy advocacy with Oceana. She worked as an environmental scientist in water quality with the University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch, and conducted stream surveys and stream restoration with AmeriCorps. Dawn has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Management from the University of Rhode Island.


Environmental advocacy, compliance and litigation to best meet your needs, including:

Reviewing federal and state agency actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and more

Reviewing proposed regulations and permits

Writing comment letters to agencies to meet your organization’s needs

Regulatory Compliance – Reviewing organization’s permits and policies; responding to federal or state agency notices

Water law

Land use

Climate change adaptation

Addressing environmental, natural and cultural resources issues related to American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, Tribes and Tribal Organizations