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The Law Office of Richard Southard specializes in providing clients from all walks of life, top-notch legal representation in civil and criminal litigation throughout New York State. Richard Southard has an unsurpassable track record of winning verdicts, which often allows him to negotiate favorable dispositions without the risk of trial. Should a trial be necessary, Mr. Southard prides himself on having a winning strategy in place and the expertise and experience to implement it in front of a jury. The Law Office of Richard Southard commits itself to delivering to each of its clients, the highest quality of trial skills, legal expertise and professional judgment, no matter the size of the case.  The Law Office of Richard Southard has been given an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (it's highest rating) so you know he is an attorney that you can trust. Moreover, Richard Southard was recently named one of the ten best DUI/DWI lawyers in all of New York Stare by the American Institute of DUI/DWI lawyers, an impartial third-party rating organization. Most recently, Richard Southard was selected as one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers in New York by the National Trial Lawyers based on the following criteria:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public

  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer

  • Board certification as a trial lawyer

  • Nominations  from leading trial lawyers, current members and Executive Committee members

  • Leadership and membership in other national and state trial lawyer organizations

  • Rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations


Languages spoken: Mandarin, Spanish, Russian

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Violent Crime: 5%
  5. Federal Crime: 5%



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  • Luna Chou

    Richard Southard is a brilliant criminal attorney whose legal practice and work ethics are of the highest caliber. He has an uncompromising commitment to excellence, together with a caring nature. Richard consistently provides high quality, effective service to every one of clients. I highly endorse this lawyer.


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  • Vivek S. Suri

    Richard Southard is an attorney who delivers. I have had the privilege of working with him on a sensitive and delicate criminal defense matter. His experience as a former high ranking prosecutor allows him keen insight into how the prosecutor will handle your case. He is refreshingly straight forward, telling clients and other lawyers like myself the good news and the bad news about their case. I was impressed with his dedication to his client and his ability to come up with creative and cost-efficient legal solutions. His unique legal insight was an invaluable asset and was instrumental in resolving the matter. I recommend him highly. He is a skillful advocate for his clients and perhaps, more importantly, he understands how to treat his clients.


    Vivek Suri Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Richard Southard Law Office

Suite 800
New York, NY, 10007


NYCurrently registered 199707/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Premier 100 Trial AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top Ten Criminal Defense AttorneyAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top Ten Dui/Dwi AttorneyAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Founding MemberAmerican Association of Premier DUI Attorneys2014
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in NYNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Top 100 DWI AttorneysNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
A+ Rating!Better Business Bureau2014
Ten Best Dui/Dwi Lawyer in New York StateAmerican Institute of Dui/Dwi Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Client's ChoiceAVVO2012
Merit Scholarship RecipientBrooklyn Law School1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorJohn Jay College of Criminal2004 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Richard Southard2003 - Present
Criminal Court Deputy Bureau ChiefKings County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Premier DUI AttprneysFounding Member2014 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2014 - Present
American Institute of Dui/Dwi LawyersMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Kings County CriminalMember2011 - Present
Kings County District Attorney Alumni AssciationMember2004 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - 2005
New York State Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of New York v. T.K.All charges dismissed by Manhattan D.A.'s Office
People of the State of New York v. A.M.All charges dismissed by Brooklyn DA's Office
People of the State of New York v. A.F.All charges dismissed by Manhattan D.A.s Office
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolCriminal LawJurs Doctor1996
City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeLegal Studies - Criminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bloom & Politan: Open CourtDiscussing Florida V. Samuels, (Millionaire charged in murder plot)2007
Trial HeatDiscussing Marrero v. Tampa, (Family of slain police officer sues City of Tampa, claiming insufficient police department support led to officer’s murder by armed robber.)2006
CourtsideDiscussing New Mexico v. Posey, (Teen claims self-defense in the shooting deaths of his father, stepmother and stepsister, after years of physical and sexual abuse.)2006
Both SidesDiscussing the United States Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito2006
Bloom & Politan: Open CourtDiscussing, Michigan v. Yost (Mother charged with murdering her seven year-old daughter by giving her a lethal dosage of anti-depressants.)2006
Bloom & Politan: Open CourtDiscussing Michigan v. Deering, (Drug dealer charged with murdering five young children during revenge arson.)2006
Bloom & Politan: Open CourtDiscussing Florida v. Serrano, (Defendant on trial for quadruple homicide of former business partners.)2006
Banfield & Ford: CourtsideDiscussing Ohio v. Halder, (Man charged with murder during shooting rampage at Case Western University.)2006
Banfield & Ford: CourtsideDiscussing South Carolina v. Goodwin, (Man charged with home invasion murder of retired 81 year-old doctor.)2006
Banfield & Ford: CourtsideDscussing Texas v. Yates, (Retrial of Andrea Yates, accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub.)2006
Banfield & Ford: CourtsideDiscussing Florida v. Serrano, (Defendant on trial for quadruple homicide of former business partners.)2006
Trial HeatDiscussing the Robert Blake murder trial, the Michael Jackson child molestation case and Texas v. Mallard, (woman charged with murder for hitting a pedestrian with her car and leaving him to die while stuck in her windshield).2005
Trial HeatDiscussing Florida v. Blount, (father charged with murder of 16 year-old bully who assaulted his son).2005
Trial HeatDiscussing the Michael Jackson trial and Virgina v. Roundtree, (woman accused of brutally murdering ex-husband).2005
Trial HeatDiscussing the Michael Jackson trial and Ohio v. McCoy, (the Ohio highway sniper trial).2005
Trial HeatDiscussing the Michael Jackson trial and Florida v. Cloyd and Hughes, (Pilots charged with operating a passenger jet while intoxicated).2005
Trial HeatDiscussing the live sentencing proceedings in Idaho v. Johnson, (teenager convicted of murdering her parents2005
Trial HeatDiscussing Mississippi v. Smith, (defendant facing the death penalty for kidnapping and murdering a college student).2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the legal basis for the overturning of Andrea Yates' capital murder convictions.2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the legal battle to reinsert Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube.2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the use of prior bad acts in the Michael Jackson trial.2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the arrest of Jerry Hobb (man accused of stabbing his young daughter and her friend to death on Mother’s Day).2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the use of accuser’s videotaped interview as rebuttal evidence in the Michael Jackson trial.2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the acquittal of Michael Jackson in the Michael Jackson trial.2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing Scott Peterson’s suit against his former lawyer and the punishment for female teachers who have sexual relations with their underage male students2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon incident2005
Fox News LiveRumsfield v. Fair2005
Fox News LiveDiscussing the robbery arrest of former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeff Reardon and the use of antidepressants in his criminal defense2005
Both SIdesDiscussing the Robert Blake murder trial, the Michael Jackson child molestation case and Idaho v. Johnson, (teenager on trial for murdering her parents).2005
Both SidesDiscussing Oregon v. Longo, (defendant facing the death penalty for murdering his wife and three young children).2005
Both SidesDiscussing Florida v. Smith, defendant facing the death penalty for abducting and murdering a 12 year-old girl2005