Franca L. DeRosa

Franca L. DeRosa

Brown Rudnick LLP

Recognized since 1997

Hartford, Connecticut

Practice Areas

Energy Law

Environmental Law

Litigation - Environmental

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Energy Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Environmental
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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 a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, Hiring Committee (Co-Chair), Diversity Committee (Co-Chair), and Women’s Initiative Committee.


  • 185 Asylum Street
    Hartford, CT 06103


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., graduated 1990
  • Trinity College, graduated 1985
  • Trinity College, B.A., graduated 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut Bar Association


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association; Executive Committee of CBA Environmental Law Section - Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - Member
  • The Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals - Member

Brown Rudnick LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

38 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Energy Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Environmental

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Environmental, Hartford (2020)
  • Energy Law, Hartford (2019)
  • Litigation - Environmental, Hartford (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental

Special Focus

  • COVID-19


  • Listed in the 2005 - 2013 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading environmental lawyer in Connecticut
  • Recipient, Connecticut Secretary of State’s 2003 Public Service Award for service on the State of Connecticut Natural Heritage, Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board
  • Listed in New York Magazine as one of the best energy and environmental lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area
  • Listed in Woodward/White Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Environmental Law (1995-2015), Environmental Litigation (2011-2015) and Energy Law (2007-2015)
  • Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan in 2007 on Brownfields Redevelopment

"Franca DeRosa has excellent responsiveness and knowledge. She is very nice, thorough, and professional. She keeps the clients' interests foremost."

"Franca DeRosa is a very responsive lawyer who thoroughly understands the issues."

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