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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

Contact info

Smolak & Vaughan, LLP

East Mill
21 High Street
North Andover, MA, 01845

Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    21 years
  2. Environmental: 30%
    21 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    21 years
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    21 years

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselSmolak & Vaughan, LLP2010 - Present
CounselFreeman Davis LLC2007 - 2010
Sr. Association and PartnerRubin & Rudman, LLP2002 - 2007
AssociateFasanella & Wood, LLP1995 - 2002
Law InternFasanella, Johnson & Wood, PC1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Vermont Law School Alumni Association, National BoardMaster's Program Representative2011 - Present
Vermont Law School Master's CommitteeVice Chair2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionN/A1995 - Present
Real Estate Bar Association for MassachusettsN/A2008 - 2010
Boston VLSAAPresident2007 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Banker & Tradesman"EEA Energy Codes May Increase Development Costs"2011
Banker & Trademan"State Issues Guidance on Permit Extension Act"2011
AMWS Newsletters, 2002-2004Contributing author2002
Banker & Tradesman"Housing Development to Gain Boost From Brownfields Bill"1998
Banker & Tradesman"New Avenues Emerge to Recover Fund in Environmental Insurance Claims," Co-Author1997
NEFA Newsletter"EPA's New Lender Liability & How it Affects Your Dry-Cleaning Business Property and Loans"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolEnvironmental Law and PolicyOther - Masters1995
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Ohio UniversityJournalism and FrenchOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GBREB Continuing Education SeriesContinuing Education in Environmental and Chapter 21E Law2001
Environmental Careers ConferenceGavel-to-Gavel: Careers in Environmental Law1998