Emily J. Dupraz

Emily Dupraz brings common-sense, realistic solutions to complex environmental and land use matters through a collaborative yet strategic approach. She has interest and expertise in developing response strategies to emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and in supporting development that combats climate change, including permitting for renewable energy development. Her broad environmental practice spans the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, TSCA, CERCLA, EPCRA, and their state equivalents, as well as other statutes and rules related to endangered species, natural resources, hazardous and solid waste, and local zoning.

Emily represents clients developing energy infrastructure, navigating them through state and local permitting processes, including appearing before state permitting agencies and local land use boards. She succeeds at anticipating potential pitfalls and in developing strategies to avoid permitting challenges. She regularly counsels clients on environmental compliance matters, representing clients in negotiations with federal and state environmental agencies and assisting with environmental due diligence in corporate transactions.

Emily also advises clients about potential liabilities stemming from contamination. She previously represented a client in the final stages of a decades-long CERCLA litigation against a major U.S. automobile manufacturer and steel manufacturer and successfully mitigated the client’s damages based on historical documentation and contaminant fate and transport analyses. Emily is skilled at working in concert with technical experts and is able to translate technical information into workable legal strategies in permitting, compliance, and litigation contexts.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Emily was an associate in the trial and dispute resolution and environment and energy practice groups at a large national firm, where she advised clients on potential liability from environmental contamination, including natural resource damages; counseled manufacturers in the automotive supply chain as to environmental compliance; and provided land use and environmental permitting analyses to a company opening storefronts in nearly two dozen states.

After law school, Emily served as a law clerk for Justice Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Judge Mary C. Jacobson of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Before attending law school, Emily was the public information officer for Harvard Law School.

When not in the office, Emily can be found exploring backcountry in the White Mountains and the rugged Maine coastline. Emily’s appreciation for, and interest in, the natural world originates from her roots growing up on her family’s cattle farm in South Dakota, which she visits whenever possible.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Included in Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Law (2021-2022)
  • Recipient, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project Justice Andrew M. Mead Fellowship for pro bono service 
Professional Activities
  • Member, Maine State Bar Association (Environmental & Energy Law Section)
Publications
  • Emily is co-author of the Maine PFAS Tracker, which provides the latest news and updates on Maine standards and proposed actions on PFAS.
Civic Activities
  • Board of Trustees, Youth and Family Outreach