Dorothy Black Franzoni: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Dorothy Black Franzoni


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Practice Areas

  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Corporate
  • Electric Cooperatives
  • Energy Project Development
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
  • Finance
  • Nuclear
  • Energy Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Trading & Transactions
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8489
University Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude Phi Kappa Phi, Order of the Coif
Admitted1990, Georgia

Professional Activities
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

BornCincinnati, Ohio, March 30, 1961

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.

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation in acquisition.
Sutherland represents Kaua'I Island Utility Cooperative in developing solar generating facilities.
Sutherland represents Oglethorpe Power Corporation in matters with the Department of Energy.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of energy (2009-2014)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of energy law (2012-2015) and utilities law (2015)

Client Tools
• Sutherland Women Stepping Up

Honorable Thomas A. Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit.


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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent
John W. Benson,Robert E. Copps,Eric R. Fenichel,Peter A. Fozzard,Dorothy Black Franzoni, November 2, 2014
On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending that result, when it authorized the filing of a termination statement to...

Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test
Dorothy Black Franzoni,Jonathan Goldman,Amish M. Shah,Ram C. Sunkara,Thomas H. Warren, August 18, 2014
On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities satisfied the beginning of construction requirement for the...

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Dorothy Black Franzoni

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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