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Morghan L Richardson

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

4.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 15 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 17 years
    Maryland - MD 18 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2006
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Morghan

Learn Morghan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Ms. Richardson's practice is focused on Divorce and Divorce Mediation. She is also experienced in litigation, family law issues that accompany Divorce, such as Child Support and Custody, Spousal Support and Marital Property issues, including asset discovery and protection.

    19 years

  2. Family
    In cases involving Custody, Visitation, Child Support or Family Offense Petitions and Orders of Protection, an aggressive courtroom attorneys can help you through the process when such complex and sensitive issues are at risk.

    19 years

  3. Mediation
    Divorce Mediation is an option if you and your spouse both agree to participate. While the process is "low-conflict" that doesn't mean that you and your spouse have no conflicts or issues to resolve, rather you will be working out those conflicts and issues in an evironment that enables you to take control of the issues discussed and, in large part, the time-frame and cost of your divorce.

    14 years

Ms. Richardson focuses her practice on divorce and family law and regularly handles cases that involve complex divorce litigation, alimony, child support, pre-nuptials, parent coordination, separation agreements, post-nuptial agreements, parental access and visitation, collaborative divorce, property division, equitable distribution, orders of protection, and LGBT family law issues.

Ms. Richardson has fought complex divorce cases with clients that include a Nobel-Prize nominated economist, a prominent music magazine editor, and one of spouses on the hit television show the Real Housewives of New York.

Ms. Richardson previously worked in business litigation, representing Fortune 500 companies. That experience, and her personal life as a divorced parent gives Ms. Richardson the understanding and ability to fight for the rights of her clients. 

Ms. Richardson is active in her local and legal community. She is the author of several articles on divorce for The Huffington Post, the Good Men’s Project, and is often quoted by other publications. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, where she currently serves on the Section for Women in the Law. She is named by Super Lawyers as one of New York’s Rising Stars, and by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in New York.


> New York State Bar Association, Women on the Move: Talking While Female, October 2017, Speaker and Co-Chair

> New York State Bar Association, Women on the Move 2015, Speaker


> Huffington Post
> The Good Men Project


Bar Admissions:

> New York

> Maryland

> D.C.


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Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP
605 Third Ave
34th Floor
New York, NY, 10158

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Posted by Thomas | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A champion for you: Reliable & responsive, reserved yet relentless
I chose Morghan to represent me for several reasons: she came highly recommended, she was very responsive, and I felt that she instantly understood my needs. In my uncontested same-sex divorce, Morghan had a straightforward strategy and ensured that I was in agreement before any decisions were made. Her support staff were always in communication and helped me understand each moving piece. In Ms. Richardson, I had a diplomat to resolve thorny issues with seeming ease, but I also had a relentless advocate who proved to be uncompromising at just the right times. Finally, I always felt trusted by Morghan and I always trusted her. In my personal divorce experience, trust was what I needed to feel most. In the conclusion of my case, Morghan and her team delivered the best result I could have hoped for. I would recommend her unreservedly.
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Posted by Kevin | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, transparent, efficient, and best of all, flexible.
What started out as a non-contested divorce process unexpectedly became a contested one. My spouse decided she wanted her own representation to be sure she was being treated fairly. After reviewing the facts and speaking to the other attorney, Morghan Richardson took a risk and agreed to continue to represent me on a clearly defined, fixed-fee basis that was very reasonable. In the end, our case was quickly and amicably resolved to everyone's satisfaction, and I received excellent value for the services rendered. Throughout the process, Ms. Richardson was very clear on what information she needed from me, kept me posted on the status of the case, let me know what I could expect to happen next, and when. If you are in New York City and are in need of family-related legal services, I would definitely recommend Morghan Richardson.
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Posted by Sonia | February 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
I had a crazy start in my divorce case. Thanks to Morgan who is such an amazing lawyer I got everything solved in a fair way. She made me feel so confident and positive about my case even on those days I had to deal with facing my ex in court. She fought until I got all my rights. I have to say, she is the best lawyer around. I recommend her to everyone !!!
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Posted by Shenell | September 5, 2013
Awesome lawyer
Morghan wasn't just a lawyer but a mentor, she is caring and helps you through rough days, going through my divorce wasn't easy but in the end I moves on with my life. She made my life and case very easy, and very very intelligent.
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2013
I highly recommend
Morghan and Paul are both the nicest and most professional lawyers. They are knowledgeable and passionate about their trade. I am so happy with the way they dealt with my unusual case. Mine was a gay divorce and not once did I feel uncomfortable for any reason. Yours will likely be a conventional divorce but it just goes to show how in tune they will be with your needs and the background and circumstances of your divorce. They will totally be with you all the way to get you the most from your divorce settlement as they did with mine. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Jodi | January 15, 2013
Excellent service
Morghan is fabulous! She was very caring and willing and able to answer all of my questions. At such a difficult time in my life, it was important to me to have someone I knew I could depend on, and Morghan was that person. She didn't let me down! I could not have survived my divorce without her!
Posted by Emily | January 15, 2013
Smart, compassionate, practical
Morghan is not your average divorce lawyer. She is a real person who tailored her services to what I needed -- which was practical advice, tips on compromise, and guidance on getting my divorce completed with the least amount of stress or money. She is also tough, and helped me get a much better settlement than other lawyers I consulted had thought I could ever get. Overall, a great value and the sense that I got what I deserved.
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Posted by Stacey | June 2, 2011
Highly Recommend Morghan Richardson
Morghan is an excellent attorney. She is very understanding and patient. She never makes you feel as if you are a bother and she does make you feel that your feelings matter. Great communication and quick response...even if she is working another case or if she's in court she will still respond. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2011
Great ,Warm, friendly lawyers
Ms. Morghan Richardson ,She is warm, friendly and caring.Help me to solve emergency situations.She answered all of my questions over the phone very quick . she is grace and made things alot easier to handle.I was very lucky to find her. Great people!!! great service !!!
Posted by Ilona | September 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Surprisingly unprofessional, unreliable and rude
Do not be fooled like I was by these positive reviews. This attorney took on my very sensitive child custody case which involved domestic violence and multiple arrests of the other party (father) and by not paying attention to detail almost caused a very negative outcome. Here is a breakdown of events that occurred: On May 15th 2020 during Covid quarantine ACS reported to the judge and the other party’s attorney that the father (other party) will not be showing up for a drug screening as he is away in quarantine for next month at a minimum. May 20th there was a Skype call with the judge. As I learned later my request for Soberlink wasn’t communicated which led to a misunderstanding with the other parties attorney later who claimed I was unreasonable and changing my mind on previously approved supervised visits when in fact I was open to “unsupervised” so long as soberlink is present (which I offered to pay for) since previously approved supervised visits at Safe Horizon couldn’t happen due to quarantine. After the call on 5/20 I noticed many argumentative emails from the other attorney and asked Mrs. Richardson to pause communicating with the other party for a few days and I notified her I will be looking for a new representation shortly. My next 3 days were booked with zoom interviews for a new position and I simply did not have time available to attend to this matter. At that moment Mrs Richardson was unprofessional and distracted when we spoke and even had a few emotional outbursts and yelled at me when I caught her forgetting important facts (use of soberlink which was actually mentioned and included on my bill breakdown). I simply asked her to pause communication with the other party and to give me a few days to respond with how to proceed. Within the next few days, as I thought Mrs. Richardson followed my orders to pause... she took advantage of the fact that I was pre-occupied with numerous interviews and proceeded communicating with the other party and continued to bill for hours which were not approved by me and were not a part of the original 7,500 retainer. She also waited 2 months to send me an additional bill for $2,900 for 7 hours of case work after my request to pause communication. When I asked for an explanation her defense was that she still had to continue acting as my attorney and was claiming that I was “refusing” to release her from the case (she was referring to my reasonable request to pause communication for a few days). More importantly we did not have any urgency nor a scheduled appearance since the children’s father was away for at least a month. Unfortunately her unprofessionalism and unscrupulousness was surpassed only by her lack of compassion, greed and blatant incompetence. Not only did she claim she spent 7 hours on my case during the next few days, she never communicated to the other party that my goal was for children to spend time with their father unsupervised as long as soberlink was present which I was willing to pay. The next shock came on May 26th, 2020 the other attorney drafted an order to show cause since “her party was eager for visitation” (this is the same party who refused a drug test to ACS on May 15th claiming he was away in quarantine for a minimum of a month). This order was extremely negative towards me and had claims that I didn’t feel safe with children seeing their father because of Covid which has never even came up, claimed I was changing my mind between soberlink and supervised visits which was far from the truth and other similar claims which were caused by lack of communication between Mrs. Richardson and myself or Mrs Richardson and the other party. To end this situation quickly I had to agree to supervised visits with his elderly mother in her home which she claimed has asbestos and release Mrs. Richardson Stay away from this attorney and find someone who’s honest and knows how to communicate with clients without yelling and scolding
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  • Hourly Rates $ 650-650 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Richardson Legal PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Litigation Associate
  • Chadbourne & Parke, LLP
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Litigation Associate
  • Spriggs & Hollingsworth, LLP
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Legal Extern
  • The Honorable Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • Public Defender's Office, Orlando Florida
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. V.B.
  • Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal
  • F.A. v. N.A.
  • Counsel fees denied


  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Women in the Law
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • New York Rising Star (top lawyers under 40)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • New York Rising Star (top lawyers under 40)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • New York Rising Star (top lawyers under 40)
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • New York Rising Star (top lawyers under 40)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • New York Rising Star (top lawyers under 40)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • President's Citation
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Spriggs & Hollingsworth LLP
  • 2006
  • 2001 Investigative Reporting - Second Place
  • The Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Texas
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Student Round Table series
  • Family Law in New York
  • 2015
  • Aidonis Realty Thursday Night Speaker Series
  • Equitable Distribution and the marital home
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (41)
Given (81)
Endorse Morghan
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Ms. Richardson over the course of many years, I can attest to her abilities and talent. I would encourage anyone looking for a family law attorney or mediator to meet with her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have not had the pleasure of working with Ms. Richardson, but I have followed her work answering questions, etc. on the Avvo site. She is obviously well-informed, thoughtful, and careful. She is wise beyond her years. And, frankly, anybody smart enough to get through law school while being in New Orleans gets my vote. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, focused and caring attorney. Dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Morghan offers eminently sensible, practical advice to askers on Avvo in the tricky (and emotionally fraught) areas of NY divorce and family law, and I endorse her without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Although I do not know Ms. Richardson personally, in answers to questions on this site, I have had the opportunity to review many written by her by and her advice is always very sound and well reasoned."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have reviewed Ms Richardson's numerous entries on Avvo and found them to be highly competent and informative. She is open, honest and friendly, all important qualities."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has been characterized by Avvo as "superb," and so I have no doubt that she is an excellent lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Richardson is an esteemed family, custody, and divorce attorney in the community. I recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Wealth of knowledge."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed Ms Richardson's numerous entries on Avvo and found them to be highly competent and informative. Potential clients of hers in Queens & vicinity will be well served by retaining her."
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