Family and colleagues of Thomas M. DeRose gathered at Hopping Green & Sam to dedicate a conference room in his memory. A lawyer specializing in solid and hazardous regulation for clients throughout Florida, DeRose practiced at the firm from 1987 to 1998 when he died after an extended illness. He was 44.
DeRose was remembered by the firm’s lawyers as an excellent attorney and a valued colleague. DeRose provided leadership in converting the firm to desktop computing for lawyers as well as staff.
His wife, now Jane Landry, responded on behalf of the DeRose family. Also in attendance with Landry were her husband, Russ Landry (not pictured); and DeRose’s son, Erik DeRose, his wife Erica and their son Evan.
DeRose came to the firm from the Regional Counsel’s Office for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV in Atlanta. Prior to that, he was in private law practice in New Orleans. He was a graduate of Bucknell University and Tulane Univeristy Law School. While at the firm, he served on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section. He was a member of Leadership Florida, and served as co-chair of Kids Voting for Leon County.