Jill B. Richardson is a member in the firm’s Environmental Department.
Jill’s practice involves all aspects of transactional environmental law, with a focus on providing strategic solutions for clients facing any form of environmental risk or liability in business and real estate transactions. Jill is a trusted advocate in a wide range of settings that involve commercial, industrial, and multi-family real estate, including, real property sales and acquisitions, financing, leasing, stock and asset transfers, bankruptcy, estate planning, and everything in between.
In addition, Jill has over a decade of experience counseling owners, operators, and redevelopers of contaminated property on how to navigate often complex and prescriptive environmental regulatory requirements. She also regularly guides clients on applicable risk-management tools, such as indemnity agreements, brownfields tax incentives, and environmental insurance.
Jill’s experience spans an array of transactional settings, such as:
- Due Diligence: Conducting environmental due diligence for a major national commercial real estate financer of multi-million-dollar real property acquisitions throughout the country.
- Brownfields: Representing shopping center in remediation of significant PCE/TCE contamination in soil, groundwater, and soil vapor under the New York State Brownfields Cleanup Program.
- Corporate Transactions: Negotiating liability protections for client during sale of $230-million business operating at multiple commercial/industrial properties with potential vapor intrusion concerns and other environmental issues.
- Financing: Allocating risks for a prominent NYC private equity fund investing in the development of a mixed-use building on property contaminated with petroleum from prior automobile fueling/repair operations.
- New Jersey ISRA: Performing ISRA compliance for an international real estate investment management firm, triggered by a multi-million-dollar transaction involving several industrial properties and leaseholds.
- Environmental Insurance: Procuring nearly 100% insurance coverage for a former family-owned business cleaning up soil and groundwater contamination from old underground storage tanks.
- Energy: Evaluating environmental risks of a municipal power authority and its members in advance of the sale and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant located in the southwestern United States.
Honors & Awards
Jill serves on the NAIOP NYC Events Committee as Co-Chair. Additionally, she served on the New York City Bar Association Environmental Law Committee from 2017-2020. She is also a member of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute’s 2014 class. New York Metro Super Lawyers has recognized Jill as a Rising Star for several years.