University of Iowa College of Law,
J.D., with distinction, 1987
B.A., Business Administration, 1984
American Bar Association
Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER)
Tort and Insurance Practice Section
Illinois State Bar Association
Section on Environmental Law
The Missouri Bar
Environmental & Energy Law Committee
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Environmental and Conservation Law Committee
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of St. Louis
Immediate Past President, 2005
National Delegate, 2002
Director of Community Services, 1999-2001
Missouri Growth Association (MGA)
Board of Directors, 2005
Alter Trading Corporation
Bunzl USA, Inc.
CKE Restaurants, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
GATX Capital Corporation
Long Road Asset Management, LLC
Kansas City Southern Railway Company
McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
US Bank National Association
Inductee, 2017 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame (Midwest Real Estate News)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, 2018-2023 (by BL Rankings)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law by The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), 2023
Listed in "Chambers USA" for Environment in Missouri; St. Louis & Surrounds, 2018-2023 (by Chambers & Partners)
Listed in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers," 2010-2019 (by Thomson Reuters)
Environmental Law, 2010-Present
Top 50 Women in Missouri and Kansas, 2011-2012
Thompson Coburn LLP
American Heart Association of Missouri
Executive Leadership Team, Go Red for Women, 2011-2012
Heart Walk Corporate Team Captain, 2003-2014
2004 Top Walker, St. Louis Metropolitan Region
Chair, Board of Directors, 2012-2014, 2015-2016
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2010-2011
Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2016
Golf Outing Volunteer Coordinator, 2002-2009
Chair, CREW/Safe Connections Golf Outing, 1997-2002
Humane Society of Missouri
Crystal has 30+ years of national environmental experience and leads the transactional area of the Firm's environmental practice.
She listens to her clients to understand their needs and objectives and provides practical advice to achieve them, often in the face of complex factual and legal issues. In corporate and real estate transactions, she assists clients with environmental due diligence, risk analysis, contract negotiations, and use of environmental insurance, cleanup programs, indemnities, escrows and other methods to manage environmental risk. She also advises developers of industrial, commercial and residential properties on environmental matters, including Brownfield redevelopment projects.
In the financial services area, she assists banks and other financing entities with pre-loan due diligence to identify businesses and properties posing significant environmental risk in terms of cleanup liability, ability to repay and impact on collateral value. She also advises lenders on the requirements for and application of environmental liability exemptions under federal and state law in the contexts of loan origination, workout and foreclosure.
Crystal is a leader of legal, business and civic organizations. She is a former President of Commercial Real Estate Women of St. Louis (CREW-St. Louis), a former Chair of the Environmental and Conservation Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Growth Association (MGA). She served for several years on the Steering Committee of the Firm's Women's Initiative. She also served two terms as Chair of the Board of Directors of Safe Connections, a United Way Agency dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of sexual assault and relationship violence.
5 tips for environmental due diligence in business transactions
Missouri Supreme Court resets the rules for collecting leaking underground storage tank cleanup costs in litigation
“Environmental Issues Impacting the Buying, Selling and Leasing of Real Estate";
Missouri Real Estate Practice, MoBar 2000, 2002, 2006
"Environmental Issues Impacting the Buying, Selling, and Leasing of Real Estate";
Environmental Issues and Federal Regulations Affecting Real Estate, MoBar 2011
"Environmental Due Diligence Considerations"
presented to American Industrial Hygiene Association - St. Louis Section, May 2018
"Environmental Due Diligence";
Real Property and Environmental & Conservation Law Committees of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, March 12, 2013
"Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions";
Annual Real Estate Institute, sponsored by the Missouri Bar Association, May 2006
Chambers USA Recognizes Thompson Coburn Practices for Excellence in 2023 Guide
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2022 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2021 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2020 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn gives an assist to St. Louis ownership group in successful bid for Major League Soccer team
17 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2019 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn’s Environmental practice group celebrates top rankings
Crystal Kennedy inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame
23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA
25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA
More than 200 attend annual Women’s Event at Saint Louis Art Museum’s new wing
More than 50 attorneys named to 2012 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Hall of Fame
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