Elizabeth M. Richardson

Professional Biography

Beth works closely with clients to identify and limit environmental liabilities, effectively market their products, and manage their regulatory obligations.

Beth works with clients in the retail, consumer products, and electronics/IT sectors to bring their products to market, transport them globally, manage supply chains, and ensure appropriate handling of products at end-of-life. She co-chairs the firm’s Retail group and works with retail companies and trade associations to identify and overcome the challenges posed by the myriad of environmental regulations. Due to her experience with reverse logistics, environmental auditing, due diligence, and drafting and negotiating environmental provisions of agreements, she approaches environmental issues from a systemic and business-oriented perspective.

As a trusted advisor to her clients, Beth helps them solve problems. She has a collaborative leadership style, working with client teams and other Beveridge & Diamond lawyers to understand her clients’ needs, identify pressure points, build consensus, and find the right solution.

Beth advises and defends clients on Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials transportation rules and their international dangerous goods transportation counterparts, and product materials restrictions and recycling requirements, including the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directives. She has also represented trade associations and companies in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DOT rulemakings.

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, assists companies in integrating newly acquired assets and systems, and leads environmental compliance audits.

Beth considers herself fortunate to work with innovative companies that are looking to build a better world. She chose a career in environmental law because she is fascinated by the complexity of natural systems, their interrelationship with human progress, and the multidisciplinary approaches to solving environmental problems necessary to ensure a clean and healthy environment for today and generations to come.

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