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Mr. Richardson is a veteran business trial lawyer who has established himself as a true leader in the field of homeowners association and real estate law.

He has prosecuted and defended major claims in construction, corporate and real estate law, as well as claims of breach of contract, franchise fraud, personal injury, unfair competition, wrongful death, breach of fiduciary duty and banking negligence. In construction litigation, Mr. Richardson has achieved more than $57 million in recovery for property owners, as well as assisted builders to resolve claims economically and without adverse publicity. In addition, he has provided ongoing legal support in more than $170 million worth of construction projects and bank foreclosed assets, and continues to counsel residential developers and construction lenders on risk management.

Heavily committed to the local real estate industry, Mr. Richardson serves as legal counsel for several Southern California area Associations of Realtors® and is a member of the Legal Affairs Forum and Housing Committee of the California Association of Realtors® (CAR). He is a faculty member and contributing author for the Professional Realty Institute, teaching GRI coursework on risk management, construction and development issues to more than 600 Realtors® annually. He is a popular lecturer to Associations of Realtors®, professional real estate organizations and major brokerages on topics ranging from construction defect and conflict resolution to cutting-edge technology-based topics, such as legal issues pertaining to social networking, email and websites.

Mr. Richardson is licensed to practice before all California state and local federal jurisdictions, and is a member of the Real Estate Section of the State Bar, Los Angeles County and Pasadena Bar Associations, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
  2. Construction & Development: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%



Hourly ($120-450/hour)

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Richardson Harman Ober PC

234 East Colorado Boulevard
8th floor
Pasadena, CA, 91101-2208


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pasadena Top AttorneyPasadena Magazine2013
Rising StarCommunity Associations Institute2004
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRichardson Harman Ober PC1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Association of RealtorsMember - Housing Committee2011 - Present
California and National Associations of RealtorsMember2010 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2010 - Present
Community Associations InstituteBoard of Trustees2010 - Present
Community Associations InstituteCalifornia Legislative Action Committee- Chair2009 - 2010
Chinese American Real Estate Professional AssociationMember2008 - 2013
CAI College of Community Association LawyersFellow2006 - 2006
California Association of Community ManagersFaculty Member2000 - 2009
Salvation Army Pasadena Advisory BoardMember1999 - Present
California Association of RealtorsLegal Affairs Forum1999 - Present
Los Angeles County Superior CourtArbitrator/Mediator1998 - 2011
Glendale and Pasadena Superior CourtsSettlement Officer1996 - 2012
Pasadena Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember1989 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaReal Estate Section1983 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember1983 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1983 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
REALTOR MagKnow Your Home Inspector2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern CaliforniaLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California at RiversideN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Bay Association of RealtorsBroker Luncheon2014
South Bay Association of RealtorsResidential Hazards from A to Z2014
South Bay Association of RealtorsWhen The Bulls-eye Is On You2014
Sacramento Association of RealtorsLegal Affairs Forum2014
Orange County Association of RealtorsWhat You Don't Know Could Hurt Your Client2014
Fair Employment and Housing CouncilCrafting Fair Housing Regulations2014
Community Civil Association of Laguna Woods VillageHOA Residents Legal Tool Kit2014
Community Associations InstituteMeeting of the Minds: Laying the Groundwork for Positive, Effective Board Meetings2014
Community Association's Institute Legal ForumAsk the Attorneys2014
Community Association Law SeminarHot Topics for Community Association Lawyers2014
Cardinal Property ManagementAdvanced Board Meeting Issues and Strategies2014
California Associations Institute-Greater Los Angeles ChapterWhat a Year It Was! Important 2013 California Court Decisions Affecting HOAs2014
California Association of RealtorsUpdate on Key 2014 Davis-Stirling Act Amendments and Related Topics of Interest to Broker Clients2014
California Association of RealtorsLegal Affairs Forum2014
Treeline RealtyConstruction Defect All Stars2013
RE/MAXLet's Call the Whole Thing Off: Cancellation of Contracts2013
Pismo Coast Association of RealtorsEnvironmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land Use2013
Pasadena Bar Association's Real Estate SectionUpdates to Davis-Stirling - Coming Changes to California's Common Interest Development Law2013
Downey Association of RealtorsC.A.R. Buyer Representation Agreements2013
Downey Association of RealtorsDisclosures2013
Community Associations Institute Orange County Regional ChapterYou Make the Call2013
Community Associations Institute - Orange County ChapterChanges...Living with New Laws2013
Community Association Institute's Legal Forum: California CommunitiesAsk the Attorneys2013
Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Associations' Real Estate Business Conference & ExpoIs Your Money Safe? A Discussion of Common Homeowners Association Problems and Ways to Prevent Them2013
Chinese American Real Estate Professionals AssociationMold - A Curse, or Oversold?2013
CAI-Channel Islands ChapterShort Stories Any Association Can Learn From2013
CAI-Channel Islands ChapterEnvironmental Concerns, Construction Overview and Land Use2013
CAI's 20th Annual Legislative Day at the CapitolCAI's 20th Annual Legislative Day at the Capitol2013
CAI Law Seminar - Channel Islands ChapterTAles from the HOA Crypt...Stories That Will Frighten and Educate You2013
Beven & Brock Property ManagementBoard Survival 1012013
Arcadia Association of REALTORSLet's Call the Whole Thing Off: Cancellation of Contracts2013
Amber Property ManagementBoard Survival 1012013