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Elizabeth M. Richardson

Principal


1350 I Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3311
Washington

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • Duke University (B.S./Biology, cum laude, 1999)
  • University of Virginia (J.D., 2002)
  • Managing Editor, Virginia Environmental Law Journal
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Appellate Courts: District of Columbia Circuit, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts: Eastern District of Virginia, District of Columbia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Virginia Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section)
  • ABA (Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section)
Languages
Languages
  • Spanish

Beth Richardson focuses her practice on environmental transactions and product regulatory issues. She works closely with clients to identify and limit environmental liabilities, effectively market their products, and manage their regulatory obligations.

Beth helps clients navigate the environmental aspects of major transactions, including environmental due diligence, allocating potential environmental liabilities, and drafting environmental provisions of agreements, including environmental indemnities. Her transactional work includes due diligence for major acquisitions of chemical and other manufacturing facilities and product-specific due diligence focused on evaluating a target company’s compliance with market access restrictions and other product requirements. She drafts and negotiates environmental provisions of agreements. Post transaction, she works to transfer environmental permits, assist companies in integrating newly acquired assets and systems, and lead environmental compliance audits.

Beth regularly works with clients to bring their products to market, transport them globally, manage supply chains and ensure appropriate handling of products at end-of-life. She has particular experience with DOT hazardous materials transportation rules (and their international dangerous goods transportation counterparts), hazardous waste regulations, and product materials restrictions and recycling requirements (including the European Union's RoHS and WEEE Directives). She negotiates on behalf of clients in enforcement proceedings under DOT hazardous materials transportation and RCRA hazardous waste regulations. She has also represented trade associations and companies in EPA rulemakings.

Beth is a member of B&D’s Diversity Committee.  Pro bono matters have been an important part of Beth’s practice. She served as second-chair trial attorney in a medical malpractice case that culminated in a jury trial. She also represented the family of a disabled child seeking appropriate educational placement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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