Alexandra Dapolito Dunn

Partner

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Washington, D.C.

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Alexandra Dunn

With over 25 years of practice at the local, state, and federal levels of government, Alexandra Dunn brings to clients an extensive institutional knowledge and keen ability to help solve regulatory problems companies may face. Her deep relationships across the nation and reputation for transparency, fairness, and equity, make her a forceful presence in the most difficult of settings.

Alexandra previously served as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, in which she led the Agency in the creation of national policies implementing federal laws governing chemicals, pesticides, and pollution prevention. Prior to that, she was the EPA Administrator for New England (Region 1).

Drawing upon her agency background, Alexandra provides clients with an "EPA insider" perspective on regulations and management of emerging contaminants, particularly integrated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOS/PFAS), and has decades of risk communication and risk management experience to offer clients on chemicals of concern.

"She is described by environmental leaders, ‘as “empathetic,” “apolitical,” and “smart,” and an advocate for science-based environmental policies"

The Boston Globe August 29, 2018

Previously, Alexandra served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national non-profit, non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners from 2014-2018.

Alexandra is a recognized scholar of environmental law as well, having served as Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she taught courses in Environmental Justice and led efforts to create the nation's first L.L.M. in Environmental Law focused on climate change. Alexandra also taught Environmental Justice courses as a Lecturer in Law, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law.

Related Experience

  • Led EPA-wide initiatives focused on environmental justice, community revitalization, and risk communication
  • Worked with EPA scientists to review and register over 500 products for use against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, approving the use of novel products that provide long-lasting disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, and partnered with pesticide industry leaders and retailers to address critical broken links in the disinfectant supply chain and to help stop fraudulent claims
  • Established a regulatory framework for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which comprehensively overhauled the laws governing the manufacture, import, and use of chemicals
  • Worked with over 15 Superfund sites via negotiation and infrastructure and economic development investment
  • Steered the first new Endangered Species Act assessment methodologies in over two decades and oversaw their application to five pesticides of importance to agriculture
  • Managed complex multi-party negotiations and delivered strategic litigation support for over 35 lawsuits brought against the EPA on cutting-edge chemical and pesticide issues
  • Worked with major municipalities and cities across the nation on stormwater management and infrastructure advancement

Awards & Community

Recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading U.S. Environmental & Energy Lawyers, 2021

Recognized by National Law Journal as a "Trailblazer" in Environmental & Energy Law, 2021

News

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External Article

Ethics and Environmental Practice: A Lawyer's Guide, American Bar Association

The Business of Water

Speeches & Presentations

Environmental Law Report