Environmental issues can affect your company’s reputation, growth potential, and bottom line. We help you protect them all.

With efficiency and a deal-making (not deal-breaking) approach, Brown Rudnick lawyers handle your most complex environmental issues. Whether it’s buying, selling, negotiating with regulators, or, if needed, litigating, we work as problem solvers. Our clients trust us to bring the talent, the tools and the relationships to get things done.

What sets us apart? Our team, for one thing. Our lawyers have worked at the highest levels of government and in the private sector. Among our ranks are a former Special Assistant to the US EPA Administrator and former Chair of, General Counsel to and chief legal and policy advisor to the MA Department of Telecommunications and Energy (now the Department of Public Utilities). Our roster also includes a former Assistant General Counsel at a major regulated utility. Team members have also gained experience at the Department of Justice, state Energy Facilities Siting Boards, and, as legal and legislative liaison to federal regulatory agencies.

Distinct from other firms, our client base is diverse and presents us with the most challenging issues.

We represent sophisticated, large, national, multinational and regional clients with complex legal matters in a variety of areas including, real estate developers, manufacturers, owners, utilities and energy producers in:

Remediation and cost recovery

Transactional due diligence with an emphasis on multi-site, multi-state

Brownfield and Greenfield site development

Administrative proceedings before regulatory entities

Federal and State permitting and enforcement

Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act including resolution of enforcement actions

Superfund and CERCLA litigation and counseling

RCRA and state hazardous waste matters

Wetlands state, federal and local permitting

Real estate zoning and development


Mergers and acquisitions


Resolution of claims in bankruptcy and restructuring

Siting electric, gas and telecommunications facilities

Multi-site environmental due diligence

Siting of power plants and renewable energy facilities

Contract preparation and review

Health and safety

Corporate and compliance

Environmental Group Leaders

Franca L. DeRosa


Hartford, CT


Douglas A. Cohen


Hartford, CT