Margaret H. Richards
Margaret H. Richards handles all types of environmental litigation including public nuisance claims, CERCLA (Superfund) litigation, Clean Water Act litigation, enforcement actions and claims alleging releases of petroleum or other hazardous substances into soil and groundwater.
Ms. Richards also advises clients concerning: environmental due diligence investigations for buyers, sellers, and financial institutions, including assessment of real estate, regulatory compliance or operations and historical environmental matters, including experience regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s “all appropriate inquiries” standards for environmental due diligence.
Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Ms. Richards represented natural gas and propane companies in products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage cases resulting from rupture, leak, fire and explosion in state and federal courts. She has handled regulatory matters or litigation in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition to her environmental practice, Ms. Richards handles matters as an appointed Guardian ad Litem for children as well as appointments from Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Volunteer Attorney Project. She also is an active member of her community by serving a number of civic, charitable, and professional organizations, including: as a leadership board member of the American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City; a board member of Friends of St. Anne’s Girls School, Kapkemich, Kenya; a board member of TRiKC triathlon club; and as a volunteer at Lansing Correctional Facility.
Ms. Richards representative experience includes:
- Successfully obtained Nationwide Permit pursuant to Clean Water Act from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for international business client for the development of a grain storage and rail car loading facility in Nebraska.
- Managed environmental due diligence and environmental issues associated with proposed multi-million dollar re-development projects in Kansas City, Missouri. One such project included coordination with other environmental professionals for the proposed development of a bicycle and pedestrian trail.
- Representing Potentially Responsible Parties in complex litigation, administrative matters, and negotiations involving cleanup of contaminated sites under CERCLA (the Superfund law) and state-law counterparts.
- Assisted client with Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund claim for the reimbursement of costs and expenses incurred as a result of remediation of historic petroleum contamination on client’s property.
- Successfully defended propane supply company in wrongful death trial in rural Alabama in case involving the tragic death of a minor child.
- Coordinated massive electronic discovery efforts in complex litigation.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- Law Review, Managing Associate Editor
- John D. Voelker Award recipient
- Certificate Merit: Secured Transactions
- Dean’s List and Honor Roll
- July 28, 2016
- American Bar Association
- American Lung Association, Board Member, 2012-Present
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Missouri Bar Association
- Propane Gas Defense Association
- Young Gassers
- Lawyers Association of Kansas City’s Young Lawyers Section, Board Member, 2013 - 2015
- Speaker, Environmental Laws and Liability in the Real Estate Context, National Business Institute 2017 Real Estate Boot Camp, Kansas City, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas, June 2017
- Co-Presenter, TSCA Changes and Next Steps, 2017 Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, Overland Park, Kansas, May 2017
- Speaker, Stay on Top of Environmental Considerations and Ethics in Land Use, National Business Institute’s Live Land Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning Seminar, Overland Park, Kansas; Wichita, Kansas, March 2017
- Speaker, Vapor Intrusion: Due Diligence Considerations in Real Estate Transactions, 2016 Fall Meeting Environmental and Engery Law Committee of the Missouri Bar, Jefferson City, Missouri, November 2016
- Speaker, Recent Enforcement Actions, 2016 Storm Water Seminar, Kansas City, Missouri, July 2016
- Co-Speaker, Common National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Mistakes and the Importance of Good Data, Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, May 2016
- Speaker, TSCA Update, November 2015
- Speaker, Vapor Intrusion: Legal Concerns and Due Diligence Considerations, August 2013