Doreen M. Zankowski


  • Doreen M. Zankowski
  • Phone: +1 857 488 4227
    Fax: +1 857 401 3045

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 High Street, Suite 2400
    Boston, MA 02110-1724

Doreen Zankowski practices in the area of litigation. For 25 years, Ms. Zankowski has counseled both national and international corporate clients in complex litigation, construction and corporate matters, as well as on other issues related to technology, contracting, engineering and the environment. She advises on corporate, employment and labor matters and agreements involving engineering, construction, environmental and technical services. Ms. Zankowski’s work as outside counsel is leveraged by her past experience with CDM Smith, Inc., a global engineering, construction and technology firm, where she was an engineering consultant, federal procurement officer, strategic planner and chief health and safety officer before becoming assistant general counsel and general counsel of several company subsidiaries. She also assisted with protecting the company’s intellectual property connected to technology projects. Ms. Zankowski draws on this extensive experience when providing advice to clients, including colleges, universities and hospitals, that are without in-house counsel or are facing legal issues beyond the scope of their own resources.

Ms. Zankowski also handled mergers and acquisitions; federal and state compliance programs, such as FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations), DFAR (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations) and ITAM; commercial contract drafting and negotiations; risk management counseling; and anti-corruption and compliance advice. She has served as first-chair attorney in jury and bench trials in the United States and has handled legal issues overseas.

In addition, Ms. Zankowski has worked as an arbitrator on complex construction and environmental matters, nationally and internationally, working through UNCITRAL and the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Zankowski has a practical understanding of the operational challenges that engineering, construction and environmental firms face that she applies when providing advice and counsel on regulatory compliance issues, as well as health and safety issues. In the oil and gas industry, she has represented clients in both a compliance and litigation capacity regarding transmission issues, pipeline development, drilling and vertical infrastructure. In the construction industry, Ms. Zankowski has represented hotels, office buildings, condominiums, commercial and industrial facilities, educational and medical facilities.

Ms. Zankowski is a 1991 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and earned an M.S. from Boston University in 1984. She is a 1981 cum laude graduate of Regis College.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Complex Contracting
  • Project Financing
  • Real Estate Development


  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1991
  • Boston University, M.S., cum laude, 1984
  • Regis College, B.A., cum laude, 1981


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2016-present
  • Saul Ewing LLP
    - Partner, 2011-2016
  • Hinckley Allen Snyder LLP
    - Partner, 1999-2011
  • CDM Smith
    - Assistant General Counsel and Secretary, 1991-1999
    - Chief Health & Safety Officer, 1994-1999
    - Assistant to the President/Strategic Planning, 1990-1991
    - Federal Procurement Officer, CDM Federal Programs Corporation, VA, 1990-1991
    - Program Manager, Contracts Manager, Division Chief Operating Officer, and Engineering Consultant, 1982-1990
  • Metcalf and Eddy
    - Project Manager and Environmental Planner, 1982-1983

Professional Activities

  • Specialty Coffee Association
    -Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
    - Construction Forum
    - Co-Chair ADR Construction Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors, New England and National
  • Construction Industries of Massachusetts

Honors and Awards

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Mega Projects: Winning Programs, Including a Close Look at the Success of Effectively Resolving Disputes," 2017 Construction SuperConference, Las Vegas, December 5, 2017
  • Panelist, "Effective Mediation Advocacy," American Bar Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter June Brownbag, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2016