Ana Claudia La Plata de Mello Franco

Ana Claudia is a specialist Environmental Lawyer with vast experience in Environmental Law and related areas, in the litigation (judicial and administrative) and advisory spheres, particularly in the topics related to green areas, sustainable use of natural resources, environmental and urban regularizations, environmental licensing, management of contaminated areas, infrastructure projects and their interface with environmental issues, renewable energy and sustainability.

Formação Acadêmica

  • Specialist in Environmental Projects by CENED.

  • Designer in Sustainability by UNITAR-ONU.

  • Bachelor of Law from the University of São Paulo.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Análise Advocacia Mulher: Most admired in Environmental, Electric Power, Construction and Engineering and by state (2021 edition); Environmental, Construction and Engineering, State of São Paulo and Electric Power (2022 edition).

  • Análise Advocacia: Environmental, Construction and Engineering and State of São Paulo (2021 edition); Most admired in the Environmental Law category (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017-2020 editions).

  • Chambers Latin America: recognition in the Environmental Law Category (2014-2019 editions).

  • Who´s Who Legal: recommended Environmental Lawyer (2018-2021 editions).

  • Leaders League: recommended Environmental Lawyer (2019 edition).

  • Best Lawyers: recommended Natural Resources Specialist Lawyer (2018-2020 editions).

  • Prêmio Verde das Américas (2019).


  • Effectiveness of the New Forest Code at risk –June 18, 2018 – Newspaper - Valor Econômico.

  • Mediation of conflicts arising from environmental licensing: new paradigms before the advent of the new Code of Civil Procedure (Law 13.105/2015) and the Mediation Law (Law 13.140/2015) - June 2016 - Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação - Vol. 48.

  • Encouraging the culture of mediation and conciliation ‑ September 22, 2015 – Newspaper - Valor Econômico.

  • The New Forest Law, The Actions of Unconstitutionality and the desired legal certainty ‑ July 18, 2014 - Site Jusbrasil.

  • Reverse logistics: problem or solution? – in "Controversial Aspects of Environmental Law: Material Guardianship and Procedural Protection". Belo Horizonte: Fórum, 2013.

  • Comments on articles 7 to 9 from Law 12.651/2012 – in “New Forest Code”. São Paulo: RT, 2012.

Professional Associations

  • Coordinator of the ESG Committee of the Brazilian Association of Industrial Engineering - ABEMI.

  • Member of LACLIMA – Latin America Climate Lawyers Initiative for Mobilizing Action.

  • Member of the Sustainability Committee of “Sociedade Rural Brasileira”.

  • Member of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture.

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