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Franca Linda DeRosa

Brown Rudnick LLP

185 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103-3464

I am a partner at the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP. My practice encompasses all aspects of energy and environmental law, including counseling and assistance relating to compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. I have counseled corporations, manufacturers, developers, and utility companies on a variety of environmental and regulatory matters. I am currently ranked in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2020, I was named Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Environmental by Best Lawyers and New York Magazine recognized me among Women Leaders in the Law (Specialty - Energy, Utilities & Environmental Law). At Brown Rudnick, I am a member of the Firm's Management Committee, the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Council, and the Women's Initiative Working Group.

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EPA Region:
Region 1 – (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)
Year of induction:
Trinity College, BA, 1985 American University Washington College of Law, JD, 1990
Court Admissions:
Connecticut US District Court
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Member, Connecticut Bar Association Executive Committee of CBA Environmental Law Section. Member, American Bar Association. Member, The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals.
Other Environmental Career Experience:
I have been involved in the acquisition, restructure, and development of various electric generating facilities. In addition, I have counseled corporate and institutional clients on the environmental implications of financing, corporate, and real estate transactions. I have represented numerous clients who have remediated and redeveloped industrial and commercial sites into productive and marketable properties. I have also represented contractors and construction companies in evaluating and effectively addressing environmental issues for residential, commercial, and industrial developments. I have extensive experience with the State and Federal Regulatory Agencies.
Representative Publications:
Co-author, The Forever Chemicals The Ever-Evolving Regulatory Climate of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Chambers USA Guide (July 2021)
Illustrative Projects:
(1) Represent PSEG in connection with its New Haven Harbor and Bridgeport Harbor electric generating stations on regulatory, permitting, and compliance matters. Previously represented Wisvest, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Electric, on its acquisition of these generation assets, which were divested by The United Illuminating Company, and post-acquisition representation of Wisvest relating to ongoing operations at both facilities. Subsequently represented Wisvest on the sale of these generation assets to PSEG. (2) Represent Competitive Power Ventures in connection with various electric generation facilities in Connecticut on development, operational, and compliance matters. Instrumental in obtaining regulatory approvals and permit transfers to facilitate the purchase and sale of the facilities. (3) Represent Platinum Equity, LLC on various environmental matters related to companies and facilities it acquires nationally. (4) Represent International Paper on environmental, remediation, and contractual matters related to two of its former facilities in Connecticut. (5) Represent The Davis Companies and Marcus Partners on environmental matters related to the redevelopments of numerous commercial properties in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Citations of Major Published Cases:
(Case 1) Town of Middlebury et al. v, Connecticut Siting Council, SC 19799, June 27, 2017. (Case 2) Sealy Connecticut, Inc. v, Litton Industries, et al, U.S. District Court (District of Connecticut), No. 394cv711(JBA) (February 9, 2000).