AREA OF PRACTICE

Energy, Regulatory, & Environmental

Biography

Franca DeRosa's practice encompasses all aspects of energy and environmental law, including counseling and assistance relating to compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. She has counseled corporations, manufacturers, developers, and utility companies on a variety of environmental and regulatory matters.

Franca has been involved in the acquisition, restructure, and development of various electric generating facilities. She has counseled corporate and institutional clients on the environmental implications of financing, corporate, and real estate transactions. Franca has represented numerous clients who have remediated and redeveloped industrial and commercial sites into productive and marketable properties. She has also represented contractors and construction companies in evaluating and effectively addressing environmental issues for residential, commercial, and industrial developments. In addition, Franca has extensive experience with the State and Federal Regulatory Agencies.

Franca is also a member of the Firm's Management Committee and the Women's Initiative Working Group.

Franca is ranked in Chambers USA for Environment in Connecticut. The 2021 Guide states that she is "a brilliant focused attorney, with a broad understanding of permitting and regulatory processes," "a great friend of our [the client] business…a tremendous partner in navigating complex regulatory requirements and situations," and that "her depth of knowledge is unmatched."

Awards

Representation

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.

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.

Represent Platinum Equity, LLC on various environmental matters related to companies and facilities it acquires nationally.

Represent International Paper on environmental, remediation, and contractual matters related to two of its former facilities in Connecticut.

Represent The Davis Companies and Marcus Partners on environmental matters related to the redevelopments of numerous commercial properties in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Education

American University – J.D., 1990
Editor, American University Journal of International Law and Policy
Trinity College – B.A., 1985

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
Publications
Co-author, "The Forever Chemicals: The Ever-Evolving Regulatory Climate of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)," Chambers USA Guide (July 2021)
Speaking Engagements
Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan in 2007 on Brownfields Redevelopment
Professional Affiliations
Member, Connecticut Bar Association; Executive Committee of CBA Environmental Law Section
Member, American Bar Association
Member, The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Awards and Honors
Chambers USA, Environment, Connecticut, 2005-2021
The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, Energy Law, 1995-2021
The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Environmental, 2012, 2020
New York Magazine, Women Leaders in the Law, Specialty: Energy, Utilities & Environmental Law, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Energy Law, 2019
Super Lawyers, Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Hartford, CT, 2006-2019
Connecticut Secretary of State Public Service Award, Service on the State of Connecticut Natural Heritage, Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board, 2003
Firm Activities
Member, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Council
Leader, Women's Initiative Working Group
Member, Management Committee