Stephanie Kiefer focuses her legal practice on environmental, land use and zoning law, including permitting and appeals. Over the past fifteen plus years, Stephanie has been involved in broad ranging projects and associated permitting of wetlands, waterways, sewer and septic, endangered species and MEPA, traditional zoning and subdivision permitting as well as alternate zoning schemes, such as Chapter 40B and Chapter 40R. In addition, she works with lenders in conjunction with real estate loan transactions, issuing requested zoning as well as environmental opinions.
Ms. Kiefer has also served as special environmental counsel in real estate conveyancing, involving hazardous waste releases and clean-up, environmental insurance claims and brownfields redevelopment.
Prior to joining Smolak and Vaughan, Stephanie practiced with Freeman Davis LLC/Freeman Law Group in its Boston office and had been an associate and partner at Rubin and Rudman LLP in its Environmental and Land Use Department. In her spare time, Stephanie runs, cycles and cooks.
Languages Spoken: French
Licensed since 1994
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|Counsel||Smolak & Vaughan, LLP||2010 - Present|
|Counsel||Freeman Davis LLC||2007 - 2010|
|Sr. Association and Partner||Rubin & Rudman, LLP||2002 - 2007|
|Associate||Fasanella & Wood, LLP||1995 - 2002|
|Law Intern||Fasanella, Johnson & Wood, PC||1993 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Vermont Law School Alumni Association, National Board||Master's Program Representative||2011 - Present|
|Vermont Law School Master's Committee||Vice Chair||2011 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts||N/A||2008 - 2010|
|Boston VLSAA||President||2007 - 2009|
|Boston Bar Association, Environmental Law Section||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Banker & Tradesman||"EEA Energy Codes May Increase Development Costs"||2011|
|Banker & Trademan||"State Issues Guidance on Permit Extension Act"||2011|
|AMWS Newsletters, 2002-2004||Contributing author||2002|
|Banker & Tradesman||"Housing Development to Gain Boost From Brownfields Bill"||1998|
|Banker & Tradesman||"New Avenues Emerge to Recover Fund in Environmental Insurance Claims," Co-Author||1997|
|NEFA Newsletter||"EPA's New Lender Liability & How it Affects Your Dry-Cleaning Business Property and Loans"||N/A|
|Vermont Law School||Environmental Law and Policy||MSEL||1995|
|Boston University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Ohio University||Journalism and French||BA - Bachelor of Arts and BS - Bachelor of Science||1991|
|GBREB Continuing Education Series||Continuing Education in Environmental and Chapter 21E Law||2001|
|Environmental Careers Conference||Gavel-to-Gavel: Careers in Environmental Law||1998|