MassDEP General Counsel Nancy Kaplan Joins Wellesley Office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Washington, DC and Wellesley, MANancy Kaplan, who has served since 2011 as the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (B&D) as Of Counsel in the Firm’s Wellesley office on May 18, 2015.  From her tenure as MassDEP’s chief legal officer and decades of private practice, Ms. Kaplan brings significant experience with all aspects of environmental and land use permitting, litigation, and regulatory compliance and enforcement defense.

“We are pleased that Nancy chose to join our Firm after her tenure with MassDEP,” said Benjamin F. Wilson, B&D’s Managing Principal. “Her experience enhances our ability to provide first-rate environmental and project development legal assistance to our private and public sector clients. We look forward to Nancy’s contributions to the growth of our practice and our clients’ success.”  

Marc Goldstein, Managing Principal of B&D’s Wellesley office, added: “We have known Nancy and her reputation as a smart and dedicated lawyer since long before she joined MassDEP.  For clients of the Firm in Massachusetts and across the U.S., Nancy brings impressive leadership skills, as well as a diversity of viewpoints and understanding of the regulatory environment gained from her time in private practice and in government service.  We are delighted to have her as part of our team in Wellesley.”  

Ms. Kaplan remarked: “I am excited to make my return to private practice at the country’s premier environmental and natural resources law firm, and I look forward to working with B&D colleagues and clients across the country.”

Highlights of Ms. Kaplan’s tenure at MassDEP include:

  • Advising the Commissioner and the staff of MassDEP on a full range of legal and policy issues, and acting as a liaison between MassDEP and the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Serving on the team that led the MassDEP’s Regulatory Reform Initiative, aimed at making programmatic changes and streamline the regulatory approval process to achieve efficiencies without sacrificing environmental protection.
  • Working in depth on the Recycling, Composting and Conversion regulation amendments and the Organic Waste Ban that went into effect October 1, 2014.
  • Working on several high profile waterfront projects involving complex Chapter 91 Waterways issues.
  • Supervising and managing a staff of approximately 45 attorneys, and the Director of the Environmental Strike Force.

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