J. Kemper Will

J. Kemper Will

Phone: 303-796-2626
Email: kwill@bfwlaw.com

J. Kemper Will

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Kemp Will founded the Firm’s Environmental Group. He began his environmental practice over 40 years ago, when the environmental field was nascent, as an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. and Denver. In addition to being one of the most experienced “Superfund” lawyers in the United States, he has represented hundreds of parties regarding Brownfields and contaminated property transactions:

  • Sales, purchases and other contaminated property transactions;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Environmental assessments and strategy;
  • Remediations, redevelopment and voluntary clean-up;
  • Permitting, regulatory compliance and agency interactions;
  • Managing environmental litigation.

Mr. Will and the Firm have handled regulatory matters under all of the federal and state environmental laws and know the regulators well. Mr. Will has been involved in numerous environmental litigation cases and has served as mediator, arbitrator and expert witness in environmental disputes.

Mr. Will has managed Brownfields projects since 1991 and has deep experience in all aspects of Brownfields redevelopment. Subject Properties have included industrial, commercial, recycling, shopping centers, mining, municipal, military, oil and gas and urban centers.

Mr. Will has served as member and board chairman on a number of voluntary boards. He also served as the law firm’s Managing Shareholder.

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Areas of Expertise
Environmental Law

Hazardous Waste

Impaired Property Transactions

Environmental Litigation


Legal: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. J.D. 1973

Graduate: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin M.S. Biology and Education 1968

Undergraduate: Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama B.A. 1966. Majors in biology and philosophy

Professional Activities
  • Member: American Bar Association, Natural Resources Section; Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section; and Denver Bar Association
  • Co-Founder and Original Director: Colorado Environmental Management Society.
  • Martindale-Hubbell av (preeminent)
  • Since 1988, listed in editions of The Best Lawyers in America – Environmental Law and Litigation
  • 2013 and 2019 Lawyer of the Year – Denver Area – Environmental Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in 2007 through current editions of Chambers USA “Senior Statesman”
  • Regular listings in 5280 Magazine, “Colorado Superlawyers” and “Top Lawyers”
  • Former Fellow, American Academy of Trial Counsel.
  • Recipient: Environmental Achievement Award, EPA Region VIII, 2004
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado 1979
  • Virginia 1973
Representative Transactions
  • Multiparty superfund litigation
  • Environmental assessment of portfolios of properties
  • Drafting sales agreements of environmentally impaired properties
  • Negotiating resolution of agency actions
  • Numerous Brownfields transactions
  • Expert witness in environmental litigation
  • Mediator and arbitrator in environmental and superfund disputes.

Buying Contaminated Property: New Rules – New Twists.

 Chapter 6, Selling and Leasing Property, in Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property, Bradford Publishing Co.

Speaking Engagements
Frequent lecturer on environmental topics