Kelly E. Richardson

  • Partner
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA
  • T +1.858.523.3979


Kelly Richardson is former Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' Global Chemical Regulation & Contaminated Properties Practice. He handles a variety of environmental compliance, transactional, and litigation matters, including:

  • Cost recovery litigation
  • Site cleanups
  • Storm water compliance
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Waste water compliance 
  • Air issues
  • Due diligence
  • Administrative enforcement matters
  • UST compliance
  • Environmental permitting
  • Environmental litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation

Mr. Richardson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School and is the former Co-Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association's Environmental Section. He is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences and has published articles on various environmental issues. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Richardson gained nearly a decade of experience in chemical engineering and environmental compliance with an international oil company, including regulatory counseling for a refinery, pipelines and terminals, and a nationwide service station network.

Mr. Richardson is a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego County Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association, Hawaii Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Thought Leadership
  • Speaker, “Leveraging Insurance at Contaminated Sediment Sites: Efficient Use of Legacy Policies and New Offerings,” Battelle Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, LA, 2017
  • Speaker, "Global Resolution of Contaminated Sediment Sites: Selecting Remedies and Allocating Liability Efficiently,” Battelle Eighth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, LA, 2015
  • Speaker, "Ashland Superfund Lakefront Project," Northland College, WI, 2013
  • "Superfund Cleanup In Bay Debated," Ashland Daily Press (2013)

Thought Leadership

  • EPA Nanoscale Rules Lay Out The Long Road Ahead -  April 30, 2015
  • No Small Issue: EPA’s Proposed Rule for Nanoscale Material Reporting  -  April 7, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: SEC Provides Guidance on When Conflict Minerals are "Necessary" for a Product -  September 19, 2012
  • When Water Becomes Waste: A Call for a Practical Approach to Regulating Stormwater Discharges -  April 1, 2008
  • A Green Light to PRP Cost Recovery Actions Under CERCLA: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Atlantic Research -  June 14, 2007

According to clients:

“He is a fantastic lawyer with a strong technical background. He is very collaborative and friendly.”

“He has a tremendous amount of experience in cleanup situations.”

Chambers USA 2021
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
  • BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Environment, Land & Resources