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Crystal Kennedy


St. Louis
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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.

Thompson Coburn Publications

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


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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