Emily C. Deans


  • Overview


    Emily C. Deans is a member of the Environmental + Utilities Group, and she represents clients in the areas of environmental, telecommunications, and utilities law. Ms. Deans represents clients such as telecommunications companies and commercial businesses before state regulatory agencies, including the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Connecticut Siting Council, and local land use boards. Ms. Deans also monitors and reports on regulatory developments in the energy and utilities field throughout New England.


    Ms. Deans represents clients in the area of telecommunications facility siting. She appears regularly before the Connecticut PURA and the Connecticut Siting Council in addition to other state administrative agencies and local land use boards related to telecommunications facility siting matters.

    Enforcement Defense

    Ms. Deans represents clients who are facing government enforcement actions under federal and state environmental laws. She represents companies before various state administrative agencies, such as the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She recently counseled a metal fabrication client in defense of a state enforcement action over alleged violations of hazardous waste and used oil requirements.

    Environmental Remediation

    Ms. Deans counsels clients involved in multi-party Superfund sites. She recently assisted a client in the preparation of a position statement regarding the methodology that should be used to determine the allocation of costs among Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at a Superfund site.

    Land Use

    Ms. Deans handles planning and zoning permits and applications, helping clients secure the necessary approvals for their projects from local land use boards. She recently helped a Connecticut-based manufacturer successfully secure a variance from a local zoning board of appeals.

    Pro Bono

    Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa have threatened endangered species such as elephants and rhinos. Ms. Deans is part of a team of firm lawyers who are involved in a pro bono project aimed at helping Namibia's Legal Assistance Centre improve the country’s wildlife conservation laws and strengthen their enforcement. Ms. Deans researched United States federal laws concerning the protection of endangered and threatened species, including the Endangered Species Act, and prohibitions on international trade in endangered and threatened species, such as the Lacey Act, to assist in developing a proposal for legislative reforms to change Namibia’s current legislative framework.

    While in law school, Ms. Deans was the symposium editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and was president of the Energy and Environmental Law Society. She was awarded the UConn Law Alumni Association’s Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Memorial Prize for outstanding scholastic achievement in property law. She also received CALI awards in Land Use and Land Use Practicum.

  • Experience
    • Experience


    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Women in the Law Section
      Environmental Law Section
      Energy, Public Utility, and Communications Law Section
      Young Lawyers Section

      American Bar Association

      Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs

      Connecticut Business & Industry Association
      Energy and Environment Council
      Young Energy and Environment Professionals, Advisory Board Member (2016 - present)
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Junior League of Hartford
      Provisional Class (2016 - present)
    • Publications


      "Renewable Energy," co-authored with Joey Lee Miranda, published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section (2014)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in CLT

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 25, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Take Part in International Pro Bono Project to Combat Wildlife Crimes in Namibia

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