Biography

Jeanine is a top-rated Massachusetts environmental lawyer with extensive experience in air, water, and waste issues arising within a variety of industrial sectors.

Solving puzzles is what Jeanine enjoys most about environmental law. She likes taking a complicated set of facts hidden in environmental reports and unpacking the information until the key legal issues are revealed.

When providing advice to clients, Jeanine listens for what they need—whether it’s a quick and actionable answer, a trusted counselor, or a gut check—in addition to their legal questions. She also approaches the practice of law as a marathon, not a sprint, since experience has taught her that a fresh challenge always awaits unseen over the horizon.

Trusted Counselor

Jeanine’s practice focuses on contaminated sites, environmental compliance counseling, environmental permitting of energy and brownfields redevelopment projects, managing environmental risk in complex transactions, and environmental issues arising in bankruptcy. She advises, counsels, and defends clients in industries including power generation, chemical production, and solid waste disposal, among others. She loves projects involving contaminated properties, especially ones with complicated plumes, emerging contaminants, or boxes of reports to read.

Jeanine’s career highlights include advising a manufacturing client on several legal issues associated with a release of PFAS including cost recovery from third parties, permitting, and assessment and remediation under state law.  In addition, she worked with a client to develop a path to closure under Massachusetts cleanup law for a historic release of trichloroethylene (TCE) at a former manufacturing site redeveloped for residential use. She also negotiated with the Massachusetts Attorney General the first-ever amendment of a Covenant Not to Sue to include a parcel of land being acquired by a client.

Jeanine clerked at the Connecticut Supreme Court for former Chief Justice Ellen A. Peters and has lectured on Massachusetts cleanup law and environmental risk insurance.

From July 2014 to June 2020, Jeanine was a member of the Board of Directors of the LSP Association, an organization dedicated to professionals who investigate and remediate contaminated properties in Massachusetts. She is the first lawyer to serve on its board.

Education

  • Wesleyan University  (B.A., 1991)
    • Environmental Science and Science in Society
  • Harvard University  (J.D., cum laude, 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • LSP Association, Associate Member
  • CREW Boston

Community Involvement

As part of her commitment to giving back to the community, Jeanine occasionally advises non-profit conservation land trusts and other non-profit organizations regarding site contamination issues.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers and Partners – USA, ranked Band 3 in Environmental Law (2012-2020)
  • Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2012-2019)