Dorothy Black Franzoni is Chair of Sutherland’s Renewable and Alternative Energy team. Dorothy’s practice supports the commercial, project development and financial transactions fundamental to the development of nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable energy projects. She counsels clients regarding project development for electric generating plants, power purchase and sale arrangements, power plant joint-ownership arrangements, power delivery scheduling and bulk system operations matters, federal loan and loan guarantee programs, secured and unsecured loan arrangements, tax-advantaged leasing transactions, and publicly issued and privately placed debt financings.
Dorothy’s work also involves a wide range of corporate and regulatory issues affecting electric utilities and representation of utilities in mergers and acquisitions, federal securities laws disclosure and compliance matters.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: renewable/alternative (2015-2016) and energy transactions: conventional power (2016)
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy (2009-2016)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2012-2017) and utilities law (2015-2017)
Council Group Member, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section, American Bar Association (2011-2013)
Chair, Electricity Committee, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section, American Bar Association
Vice Chair, Renewable Energy Committee, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Environmental and Renewable Energy Section, American Bar Association
Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Advisory Board Member and past President, Genesis Shelter Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Board Member, Georgia Women for a Change, Atlanta, Georgia
Governing Committee, Sutherland Women Stepping Up®, a non-profit philanthropic organization supporting the betterment of women and children worldwide