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Attorney Ray Richards your Counsel, Conscience and Champion!

Attorney Ray Richards II was born and raised in the City of Detroit.

His thriving trial and business consulting strategy practice has been serving the Metro Detroit area for over a decade!

He is a proud established Trial attorney specializing in State and Federal Criminal Defense; Civil litigation and Corporate Transactions; Personal Injury and Sports and Entertainment Law.

A well respected courtroom advocate, he has tried and litigated criminal and civil cases Nationwide and represented clients internationally in the civil and criminal courts in the U.K., Canada and Spain.

He is a member of the prestigious Federal C.J.A. Panel of attorneys who are selected by a committee of Metro Detroits finest Criminal Defense Attorney's to represent indigent Criminal Defendants in Federal Court charged with felonies ranging from major drug conspiracies, white collar crimes and death penalty cases.

Mr Richards is known for his tough aggressive but gentlemenly style of trial litigation and negotiation. His cross examination and Closing arguments are the hallmark of his abilities. His presence on Criminal Defense teams as a master strategist has been heralded in some of the City of Detroits major Criminal Litigation on and behind the scenes.

He has been known to negotiate, as a last resort, some of the most brow raising plea resolutions when it most benefits his clients accused of serious crimes.

Mr. Richards is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School; Grand Valley State University and the Ohio Northern Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

Mr. Richards is a frequent speaker at church and law and corporate related events.

At the law office of Ray Richards...Its not over till we say its over!

1.313.694.8400 Cell#



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    18 years
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
    18 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    18 years



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Attorney endorsements

8 total 

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  • Joseph A. Lavigne

    Ray is very hard working and does an outstanding job for his clients. He is well prepared, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. He is the kind of attorney you want to have on your side.


    Joseph Lavigne Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stevin James Groth

    I endorse this lawyer...We have been involved in complex criminal litigation for the past 6 years in Federal Court. Ray has all the tools of a powerful advocate, plus he is personable and willing to listen. Top notch attorney.


    Stevin Groth Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Ray E Richards II

29488 Woodward Ave.
Suite. 444
Royal Oak, MI, 48073


MIActive And In Good Standing199711/03/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MI, 2014


    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Ray’s comment: “I in an unfortunate turn of events, made a mistake had to answer to the same. I learned from my mistake and I am a better person and certainly a better lawyer because of it! I am now active and in good standing and once again fervently fighting on behalf of the accused. As I often tell my clients, that "Your past/present situation is not your final destination.The best is yet to come! " Because of my past unintentional transgression I bear witness to that quote. Stay tuned!”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Executive Board Member of the YearOhio Northern University College of Law1997
Barrister of the YearOhio Northern College of LawN/A
Book Award for Trial AdvocacyOhio Norther College of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy DefenderState Defender Office1998 - 1999
Grad Intern/Staff AttorneyBacker Lanctot Schoolmaster Taylor and Hom PLLC1997 - 1998
Graduate Law ClerkDrew Cooper and Anding PC1993 - 1997
InternUS Attorney Office Western District1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Shamrock Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Federal Criminal Justice Act PanelMember2007 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A2007 - 2008
D. Augustus Straker Bar AssociationN/A2003 - 2006
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2004
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2001 - 2006
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Detroit chapter)N/A2001 - 2007
State Bar of MichiganN/A1997 - Present
Recorders Court Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Criminal Defense CollegeN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. vs RamosProbation
State vs JonesNot Guilty
State vs StuckeyNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
F.E.D.S. MagazineFederal Appeals 1012013
F.E.D.S. MagazineShut up and Save yourself from yourself!2013
F.E.D.S. MagazineWhite Collar Crime2012
F.E.D.S.A Good Defense is a Good Offense2011
Detroit Native SunMichigan first Offense DUI Law Consequences2011
Don Diva MagazineGettin it poppin can get you popped!2010
Don Diva MagazineDetroit's Criminal Defense Powerhouse2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawN/AN/A1996
Grand Valley State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Young Black Male Development ConferenceLaw and the African American Male2013
Rodney Heard Foundation Sports CampsThe Law and the Athlete2013
Community education and Job FairKnow your Rights and Keep your Liberty!2012
Rodney Heard Basketball CampRepresenting the Celebrity Athlete2011
Alpha Phi Alpha Inc RegionalLaw and College Life2010
Law and our CommunityAsk the Lawyer!2009
Ask a Lawyer!Ask a Lawyer the Questions that you always wanted answers to!2007