Emily C. Deans


  • Overview


    Emily Deans is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, representing clients in the areas of environmental, telecommunications, and utilities law. She 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. Emily also monitors and reports on regulatory developments in the energy and utilities field throughout New England.


    Emily 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

    Emily 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

    Emily 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

    Emily 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. Emily is part of a team of firm lawyers 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. Emily 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, Emily was the symposium editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and 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


      • Represents the nation’s leading wireless telecommunications provider before the Connecticut Siting Council and Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in connection with the installation of wireless facilities throughout Connecticut. Drafts legislation relating to the application and approval process of wireless facilities and provides legal support as it relates to real estate matters.

      • Counseled metal fabrication client in defense of enforcement action by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which alleged violations of hazardous waste and used oil requirements.

      • Reviewed historical documents in connection with a Superfund site to prepare position statement on how cost should be allocated among multiple parties responsible for contamination.

      • Helped a Connecticut-based manufacturer successfully secure a variance from a local zoning board of appeals. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Treasurer - Energy, Public Utility, and Communications Law Section (2018 - 2019)
      Women in the Law Section
      Environmental 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)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Junior League of Hartford
      Provisional Class (2016 - present)
      Publications Committee Co-Chair (2018)
      Show House Program Chair (2017 - 2018)
    • Publications


      "American attorneys partner to save endangered African wildlife," published in ABA Journal, co-authored with Peter R. Knight, Megan E. Baroni, Kelsey A. Cross, Diana E. Neeves, Byron D. Flagg and Alec Rubenstein (July 2017)

      "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

      • September 19, 2018

        Emily Deans Appointed Treasurer of Connecticut Bar Association Energy, Public Utility and Communications Law Section

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      • June 7, 2018

        Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group Members Volunteer for Riverfront Recapture

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      • May 9, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Team Walks Against Hunger

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      • July 6, 2017

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in ABA Journal

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      • May 23, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Participate in Volunteerathon

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      • May 12, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Team Walks Against Hunger

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      • December 15, 2016

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

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 30, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Employees Lend a Hand to Foodshare

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      • October 25, 2016

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

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