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Lauren A. Liss focuses her practice on environmental law and policy as well as real estate development. Lauren has deep public and private sector experience, having served in a variety of governmental roles, including as president and CEO of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. In this role, she led the state’s quasi-public finance and development agency, working with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. She previously served as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as general counsel and deputy secretary for Environmental Policy at the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, she was senior environmental counsel for the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel project.


  • Regulatory compliance and permitting
  • Administrative law
  • Land use
  • Transportation



  • President and CEO, Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, 2017-2020
  • Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1999-2003
  • Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1997-1999
    • General Counsel, 1998-1999
    • Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy, 1997-1999
  • Senior Environmental Counsel, Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel Project, 1996-1997

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Boston magazine, "Top Lawyers - Land Use Environment," 2022-2023
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Environmental Practice Group of the Year," 2022
  • Board of Directors, A.D. Makepeace Company, 2021-Present
  • Board of Directors, MassEcon, 2017-Present
  • Board of Directors, NAIOP, 2017-Present
  • Advisory Committee, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, 2019-Present


  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1989
    • Editor, Probate Law Journal
  • A.B., cum laude, Bryn Mawr College, 1986
  • Massachusetts