Jim Rossi is the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Florida State University College of Law, where he teaches administrative law, energy law and torts. His main energy law scholarship has focused on judicial review and deregulation as well as the relationship between economic incentives and legal regulation, including barriers to climate change policy. Much of his work studies the application of traditional public law doctrines—such as the duty to serve, the takings protections of the U.S. Constitution, constitutional protections against parochial state regulation, the filed rate doctrine, and state siting laws—to the evolving challenges presented in the energy industry from competition and climate change policies.
Professor Rossi has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and he also has taught at Vanderbilt Law School, the University of Texas Law School and the University of North Carolina Law School. He holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School, a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a B.A. in economics from Arizona State University. Before entering academia, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C., with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Miller, Balis & O’Neil. He regularly speaks on energy issues and has served as a consultant on a variety of matters related to administrative law and economic regulation.