Member Information

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn

Baker Botts

700 K Street, NW
Washington, DC20001

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EPA Region:
Regent status:
New Regent 2021 Elected
Year of induction:
B.A. cum laude, James Madison University, VA (Political Science & French) (1989) J.D., magna cum laude, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (1994)
New York (2008) D.C. (1995) MD (1994)
Court Admissions:
U.S. Supreme Court State Bar of Maryland State Bar of New York District of Columbia Bar
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Past Chair, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Former Board Member, Environmental Law Institute
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Assistant Administrator of the U.S. EPA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (2019-2021) Region 1 Administrator, U.S. EPA (2018-2019) Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (2014-2018) Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (2010-2014) Dean of Environmental Law Programs, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (2007-2010) General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (2001-2007) Counsel at the American Chemistry Council (1997-2001) Associate, Winston & Strawn (1994-1997)
Representative Publications:
California Proposes Updates to Environmental Justice Tool CalEnviroScreen, 1 March 2021, Baker Botts. Proactive PFAS Strategies Top 3 List, 22 February 2021, Baker Botts. Recent Actions Signal Significant Chemical Risk Assessment Changes at EPA, 17 February 2021, Baker Botts. The Power of 10, The Hill, 19 January 2021. Publicly Owned Treatment Works, chapter in CLEAN WATER ACT HANDBOOK (ABA 2018) (w.Gardner-Andrews, Waters) The Business of Water, 47 ELR 10004 (2017) (w.Panelists) The Lawyers' Role in Representing Communities, chapter in ETHICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE (ABA 2017) (w.Heineken) The Price of Reform-Models for Financing a Toxic Substances Control Act 2.0, 45 ELR 10405 (2015) (w.Panelists) Reflections on the Role of States in the U.S. Regulatory System, 32 PACE ENVTL. L. REV. 435 (2015) (w.Culleen) Advancing the Environmental Rule of Law, 21 SW. J. INT'L L. 283 (2015) (w.Stillman) Perspectives to Reinvigorate Clean Water Act Cooperative Federalism, 4 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY & ENVTL. L. 68 (2013) (w.Boian) Environmental Justice in Permitting State Innovations, 81 MISS. L. J. 747 (2012) (w.Weiss)
Illustrative Projects:
Led EPA-wide initiatives focused on environmental justice, community revitalization, and risk communication. Worked with EPA scientists to review and register over 500 products for use against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, approving the use of novel products that provide long-lasting disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, and partnered with pesticide industry leaders and retailers to address critical broken links in the disinfectant supply chain and to help stop fraudulent claims. Established a regulatory framework for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which comprehensively overhauled the laws governing the manufacture, import, and use of chemicals. Worked with over 15 Superfund sites via negotiation and infrastructure and economic development investment. Steered the first new Endangered Species Act assessment methodologies in over two decades and oversaw their application to five pesticides of importance to agriculture. Managed complex multi-party negotiations and delivered strategic litigation support for over 35 lawsuits brought against the EPA on cutting-edge chemical and pesticide issues. Developed interactive online benchmarking tool for state environmental progress. Worked with major municipalities and cities across the nation on stormwater management and infrastructure advancement.
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Represented parties, intervenors, or amicus in over 25 environmental cases, including National Assn of Home Builders v. Defenders of Wildlife, 549 U.S. 1105 (2007) South Florida Water Management District v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, 541 U.S. 95 (2004) Whitman v. American Trucking Associations, Inc. et al., 531 U.S. 457 (2001) Appalachian Power Co. v. EPA, 208 F.3d 1015 (D.C. Cir. 2000)