LINDA P. FRANCOIS received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut as an honors scholar in 1979 and her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut in 1982. Her practice includes property law, closings, wills, trusts and probate, personal injury, collections, foreclosures, and evictions. 

Ms. Francoisí real estate practice includes a focus on natural and working lands preservation.  She represents landowners, land trusts and municipalities in land protection transactions, conservation restriction (easement) donations, bargain sales and purchases, and open space initiatives throughout Connecticut. She has been a presenter on the issues of land preservation and conservation transactions for the National Land Trust Alliance, CT Land Conservation Council, Yale Forestry School, Connecticut Farm Bureau, and Teikyo Post University, among others.

In 2014 she received the Working Lands Alliance Special Recognition Award for her work as editor of the 2014 Connecticut Model Open Space Conservation Easement. She continued as editor for the 2019 edition of the Model Open Space Easement and the Model Forever Wild Easement. 
She was also editor of the 2014 Connecticut Model Agricultural Conservation Restriction and itís 2020 edition. Ms. Francois is the 2008 recipient of
the Working Lands Alliance Farmland Preservation Pathfinder Award, 2003 Secretary of Stateís Public Service Award, the 2005 Bethany Citizen of
the Year Award and 1998 Bethany Conservationist of the Year Award.  She is director and president of the Bethany Land Trust, Inc., and a director
and officer of the Bethany Horsemen, Inc. riding organization, and a member of the Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Grant Advisory Council and West Rock Ridge State Park Advisory Council.

Linda P. Francois: LFrancois@CooperWhitney.com

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