Jessica Richards is a senior associate in the Global Corporate Practice. Her practice focuses on a variety of corporate transactional and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, corporate compliance and corporate governance. Jessica specializes in advising clients on strategic joint ventures and corporate matters with respect to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), including advising sellers and trustees in connection with ESOP transactions.

Jessica’s commercial representation consists of US and cross-border commercial arrangements, including all aspects of distribution and supply chain arrangements, goods and services agreements, licensing and franchise agreements, SaaS and hosting agreements, and other unique commercial arrangements. She represents clients in both public and privately held companies across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, waste management, media and advertising, energy and technology.

Jessica has prior experience in-house at a non-profit healthcare company that provides senior housing and healthcare communities across the country. While there, Jessica’s practice focused on strategic initiatives and novel approaches to healthcare transactions. She prides herself on helping clients meet their goals in creative ways.

Jessica is a member of the Women in Transactions Committee of the Association for Corporate Growth and a member of the Willis Society at Ohio Northern University.

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  • Representation of domestic and international sellers in various commercial agreements, including supply and distribution agreements/terms of sale.
  • Advising a publicly traded manufacturing company with a market cap of approximately US$1 billion in various transactions, including SEC compliance matters.
  • Representation of a regional solid waste management company in multiple M&A transactions ranging from US$10 million to US$130 million and providing ongoing counsel with respect to commercial contracts and corporate governance.
  • Representation of various technology companies in Software as a Service and other licensing and sales-based agreements, commercial matters and M&A transactions.
  • Drafting website and mobile application terms of use, privacy policies and other disclosure policies in accordance with evolving privacy disclosure legislation.
  • Served as in-house counsel managing novel strategic joint ventures and other transactions.
  • Representation of a company in its redemption and stock sale into a 100% owned ESOP in the amount of US$40 million.


  • Ohio Northern University, J.D., with high distinction, articles research editor, Ohio Northern University Law Review, 2013
  • Ohio Northern University, B.A., with high distinction, 2009


  • Ohio, 2013
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