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ROSE FRANCIS

Rose’s practice focuses on energy and environmental law with an emphasis on providing administrative, regulatory, and transactional advice to energy utilities in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Legal Experience

Rose joined McDowell Rackner Gibson in 2018.  Prior to joining McDowell Rackner Gibson, Rose practiced in Bonneville Power Administration’s Office of General Counsel where she served as Bonneville’s lead attorney for Endangered Species Act compliance for the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Prior to BPA, Rose worked as Staff Attorney at Community Water Center in California’s San Joaquin Valley representing small water service providers and community-based organizations.  Rose served as a law clerk for Judge Craig Nakamura on the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals and for Judge Richard Clifton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Representative Work

  • Represent electric utility clients in regulatory matters before the state utility commissions of Oregon, California, Washington, and Alaska.

  • Provided legal and strategic advice on Endangered Species Act compliance for hydroelectric facilities.

  • Represented clients before California Public Utilities Commission on matters related to rate-setting and utility transfers.

  • Advised governing boards of waters service providers regarding reorganizations, corporate law, tax requirements, bankruptcy, environmental compliance obligations, and conflicts of interest.

  • Appeared before state legislative committees and county boards of supervisors advocating on behalf of public agency client.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Oregon and California state bars

  • Member of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee member 2014-17)

  • Harvard Negotiation Workshop Executive Education on interest-based negotiation and difficult conversations

Education

Rose graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in political economy in 2000, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Rose received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and received the Irving Oberman Graduation Prize in Law and Social Change for her writing on access to drinking water and social justice in South Africa.  While at Harvard, Rose was selected as a Chayes International Public Service Fellow to support an environmental nonprofit organization in Brazil.  She also completed a summer internship at Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, with an emphasis on renewable energy integration and environmental compliance for marine fisheries.