Laura L. Leonard - Sidley Austin LLP
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Laura L. Leonard

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 312-853-7620

LAURA L. LEONARD focuses her practice on transfers and allocations of environmental risk in a variety of settings. On the transactions side, Ms. Leonard has extensive experience identifying and managing sources of environmental risk. This includes coordinating diligence and advising on contractual allocations in a wide variety of merger and acquisition, project finance and alternative energy transactions on behalf of buyers, sellers and lenders, providing structuring advice to minimize successor environmental liability, monitoring financial markets disclosures, assisting with respect to SEC reporting of environmental matters, and counseling with respect to brownfields redevelopment and environmental insurance. She has also advised both creditors and debtors on environmental aspects of bankruptcy, including the discharge of environmental claims, and the sale or purchase of assets out of bankruptcy. <o:O:P></o:O:P>

Ms. Leonard also handles a variety of regulatory counseling and enforcement matters, including spill reporting and emergency response (particularly with respect to the petroleum and pipeline industries) and has worked on several voluntary disclosure/audit policy penalty mitigation matters. She is also well-versed in regulations and industry practices relating to managing asbestos, lead-based paint and mold.

Ms. Leonard has lectured frequently on the environmental aspects of business transactions and SEC environmental reporting and is on the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s Environmental Due Diligence Guide.

Office Location

One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Other Information

Gender: Female