Dawn R. SanFilippo

The duel aims of Ms. SanFilippo’s firm are representation and education. Dawn focuses her practice on municipal and bankruptcy matters with an emphasis on Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) matters. She served as the Deputy/Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC). While at the GRC Dawn developed and presented numerous educational programs on OPRA to audiences comprised of government and private attorneys; law enforcement officers; records custodians; and municipal clerks, financial officers, department heads and governing bodies. Dawn has achieved statewide recognition as an OPRA expert through her presentation of 50+ OPRA seminars to professional organizations throughout the state. Attendants are impressed with her knowledge of the subject matter, her ability to present it humorously and in laymen terms. Her courses are approved by both New Jersey and Pennsylvanian for attorney and by Local Government Services for professional continuing education credits. As a bankruptcy practice Dawn, over a 20+ year period, filed and obtained court approval for fee applications. Most recently while at the GRC she reviewed and made recommendations for fee awards. She now reviews pending fee applications, advises and represents government agencies on challenging such fees.

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Business & Government Contracts



Focus Areas

Seminar Presentations

Open Public Meetings Act

Open Public Records Act



Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (1992)

Pennsylvania State University, B.S. (1988)


United States Bankruptcy Court-District of New Jersey

Law Clerk to the Chief Judge, The Honorable William H. Gindin (1992-1993)

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1992

Pennsylvania, 1993

US Court for the District of New Jersey, 1992

Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (2005)

US Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (1998)

Presentations and Speaking Engagements:

“OPRA Basics” Webinar, The New Jersey League of Municipalities, NJ, December 10, 2015.

“OPRA In Depth: Redactions, Personal Privacy, Security, ACD, and Attorney Client Privilege,” The New Jersey League of Municipalities, Tinton Falls, NJ, December 1, 2015.

“OPRA” seminar hosted by the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Annual Conference Atlantic City, NJ, November 19, 2015.

“OPRA for Law Enforcement: Privacy, Public Records and Body Cameras,” John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, NJ., October 29, 2015.

“OPRA, State Archives, and Records Retention,” Panel Discussion, League of Municipalities Mini- Conference, Conference Center at Mercer, June 12, 2015.

“Open Public Records Seminar” Sponsored by Office of Vital Statistics, Morris Plains, NJ, May 20, 2015.