Susan Hearne Richardson concentrates her practice in the area of environmental law, including regulatory and compliance counseling, due diligence for real estate and corporate transactions, permitting, enforcement and hazardous site remediation. Ms. Richardson has significant experience in advising clients with regard to wastewater permitting and enforcement issues, particularly as applicable to municipal governments.

Ms. Richardson was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law in 2018 and the ten years immediately preceding. She is listed in the 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law. Ms. Richardson was recognized in the 2009 Legal 500 US and named to The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009. She was named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Environmental Law in 2016 and the seven years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Richardson has been named as one of Georgia Trend's 2012 and 2016 "Legal Elite" for Environmental Law and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Former Board Member

Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, 2009 Class Member, Board of Directors, Former Chair

State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law Section, Past Chair and Former Secretary

Tulane Law Review, Former Member

St. Martin's Episcopal School, Board of Trustees


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (1991)
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Tulsa, B.S., Biology (1988)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1994)
  • Texas (1991)


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1994)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (1991)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1994)

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6330
f +1 404.541.3366

Susan H. Richardson

Experience Highlights

Environmental counsel regarding removal of a legacy brownfields property
Assisted the client with removal of a legacy brownfields property from the Georgia Hazardous Site Inventory through new protections provided under more
Legal counsel to City of Atlanta for environmental matters including resolution of citizen’s suit
The firm served as lead counsel to City of Atlanta regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permitting and enforcement more
Action resolution for multiple companies
Represented several companies with regard to resolution of an action brought by an environmental organization challenging issuance of Georgia's more
Construction site stormwater discharge challenge for several natural gas utility companies
Represented several natural gas utility companies with regard to an administrative challenge to Georgia's General NPDES Permit for Stormwater more