Dawn M. Cinquino

Of Counsel
Area of Focus: Environmental
Dawn M. Cinquino
Of Counsel
As Of Counsel in the firm’s Environmental Group, Dawn Cinquino advises real estate owners and developers across multiple areas of environmental law, with particular focus on waste cleanup issues at contaminated sites undergoing remediation or redevelopment. As a state-certified Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist in both Florida and California, Dawn is well-versed in the technical, and scientific concepts and methods, that underpin environmental law, which she leverages to render practicable counsel on challenging projects. She is also deeply familiar with Florida’s complex environmental regulatory and policy regime, due in part to her extensive experience advising the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on legal matters. A seasoned practitioner, Dawn has significant experience in determining site-compliance with federal, state and county regulations.
Q & A
How has your professional experience outside of law contributed to your practice?
While working as a Professional Geologist and Professional Engineer, I performed and wrote hundreds of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) across the country, with a focus on Florida. I also served as a permitting engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where I drafted and negotiated permit conditions for hazardous waste and used oil facilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Consequently, in my current representation of owners and developers, I understand the various engineering aspects and scientific considerations that form the basis of the development and permitting process. Clients can trust that my environmental law counsel is built on solid technical foundations that ultimately support the success of their projects.
What do you value most about your time practicing law in the public sector?
As an attorney at the Office of General Counsel in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, I counseled various programs in the Division of Waste Management, including the Petroleum Restoration Program, District and Business Support Program, Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program, State-Funded Cleanup Program, and the Office of Emergency Response. Part of my duties included review and approval of Declarations of Restrictive Covenants. My extensive exposure to these programs, and fluency in the issues central to each one, has given me a broad understanding of some of the most complex environmental policy issues that can affect large-scale real estate developments in Florida.  
  • Florida State University, J.D., with Honors, 2006
    University of Southern California, M.S., Geological Sciences, 1995
    California State University, B.S., Geology, 1993
  • Florida