Tricia J. Sadd

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Tricia J. Sadd combines an active litigation practice with a transactional and counseling practice to assist clients in a broad range of energy, environmental, real estate and technology matters. She is known for negotiating and drafting clean and coherent contracts that look to the fundamental business concerns of the parties. She litigates environmental liabilities, land use issues and contractual disputes, always keeping an eye on the proportionality between the subject of the litigation and its costs. She offers counsel on environmental, sustainability and renewable energy matters to help clients reach their compliance and performance goals. Tricia assists clients in all aspects of civil litigation in state and federal courts and has argued motions before both the trial and appellate courts.

Tricia also provides advice to online businesses regarding intellectual property, privacy, online sales transactions, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Communications Decency Act and other online issues. She has drafted user agreements, content licenses and privacy policies for online businesses and nonprofit entities.

leed2She is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, or “LEED® AP.” The U.S. Green Building Council provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.   

Selected Representations

  • Negotiated power purchase agreement and land use agreement for 2.0 MW solar facility in New Jersey
  • Negotiated power purchase agreement and land use agreement for 1.5 MW solar facility in southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Negotiated engineering, procurement and construction agreement for 1.7 MW solar facility
  • Represented national railway in condemnation matters
  • Defended manufacturer in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act litigation
  • Defended manufacturer in contractual claim related to waste disposal
  • Prepared user agreement and privacy policy for large not-for-profit

Selected Publications

  • Authored “What lawyers should know about “Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark,”” Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal, June 2016
  • Authored “Marketing Green: The FTC’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” Going Green: Green Technology & Developments, a supplement to The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 16, 2008
  • Quoted in “Starting to Go Green,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2008
  • “Greensheet – The Environmental Front of D.C. Real Estate,” Real Estate BISNOW, September 30, 2008
  • Quoted in “It’s not easy being green – Will ‘green certification’ issues lead to litigation,”, September 2008
  • Quoted in “Claims Vary as Firms Tap Green Market,”, June 2008
  • Co-authored “Double Trouble for the Doublemint Trademark: The European Community Adopts a Broad Definition for ‘Descriptive,'” International Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter, November 2003
  • Authored “Fair Use as a Defense Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention Provisions,” George Mason Law Review, Winter 2001

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter on “Defining the Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act,” The Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Agricultural Law Forum, November 4, 2016
  • Presenter on First Amendment issues related to the regulation of outdoor advertising, “Life in the Big City,” City of Philadelphia’s Continuing Legal Education program, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Star Volunteer for the Year Award from the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN)
  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2008, 2010 and 2013

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Clean Air Council
    – Board member, 2011 – present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    – Green Ribbon Committee, Co-chair, 2011 – present

Academic Achievements

Tricia received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law in 2002.  While in law school, she served as the production editor for the George Mason Law Review. Tricia received an M.A., with honors, from Bethany Theological Seminary and graduated from Messiah College in 1993 with a B.A. degree.