Steve provides strategic advice to clients with environmental issues arising from permitting, regulatory complexity, federal and state enforcement, and business transactions.

Steve Richmond is the Chairperson of Beveridge & Diamond. As Chairperson, Steve is responsible for leading firm strategic initiatives and driving a culture focused on client service excellence. Steve serves on the firm’s Management Committee and was previously the Managing Principal of the firm’s Boston office, of which he is a founding principal.

Steve’s practice spans several environmental areas, and he spends a substantial portion of his time working on matters involving air quality, waste and recycling, government enforcement and project development.

His clients typically run businesses subject to multiple layers of environmental requirements. He works to achieve business objectives by analyzing regulatory and permitting structures, crafting compliance options and strategies, and advising on compliance programs to achieve sustainability.

Steve gained practical experience from serving as in-house environmental counsel at two multinational corporations, as Director of EHS Audit at an energy and environmental services company, and as a government enforcement lawyer in the role of Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


  • Johns Hopkins University  (B.A., with Honors, 1982)
  • New York University  (J.D., 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • MetroWest Legal Services – Vice President, Board of Directors (2020 - present) and Member, Board of Directors (2015 - present)
  • The Sudbury Foundation – Member, Board of Trustees (2016 - 2020)
  • Sudbury Valley Trustees, Inc. – Member, Board of Directors (2009 - 2014); Chairman, Land Protection Committee (2010 - 2013)
  • Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals (2002 - 2007); Chairman (2005 - 2007)
  • Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc. – Member, Board of Directors (2007 - 2011); Chairman, Solid Waste Committee (2006 - 2011); Program Chair, Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Summit (2006 - 2010)

Community Involvement

Steve is active in his community and in pro bono causes, including a current engagement as a Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of MetroWest Legal Services. He was previously a Trustee of the Sudbury Foundation and member of the board of directors of Sudbury Valley Trustees and of the Environmental Business Council of New England, and a former Chair of the Town of Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals, and he recently completed a one-year Access to Justice Fellowship, where he provided pro bono assistance for impoverished elders who faced bankruptcy. He is also a long-standing member of B&D’s Pro Bono Committee.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers and Partners – USA, ranked Band 2 in Environmental Law (2020-2022); ranked in Environmental Law (2014-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, a Best Lawyers® publication, recognition in Environmental Law (2016-2023)
  • Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2006-2021)
  • Who's Who Legal, part of Law Business Research Ltd., recognition in Environmental Law (2019-2020, 2022)
  • The Legal 500, recognition in Environmental Law (2014-2015, 2021)