"A charming, practical and witty #divorcelawyer." Quoted in Forbes, DNAInfo and the Huffington Post.Quality services from complex divorce litigation to low-conflict mediation.Quality services from complex family cases to low-conflict mediation.
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.
My philosophy is to approach each case from the perspective of the best interests of my clients. As the divorced parent of two young children, I know the difficult balance working parents deal with on a daily basis. Divorce only further complicates that balance and can have severe developmental consequences for children. Divorce Mediation may take some of the stress and pressure of Divorce off the children and allow the divorcing couple to re-shape their relationship with a focus on placing their kids' interests first.
Of course, some cases are not suited for a low-conflict, mediated or collaborative approach and require the skills of an aggressive courtroom attorney. This is where my experience representing Fortune-500 companies in the national and international high-stakes litigation arena will benefit you.
Lagniappe (“A little something more”) about me: I was graduated from Tulane Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, during which time I worked as an extern for Federal Magistrate Judge Louis Moore in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and served as a Managing Editor of the prestigious Tulane Maritime Law Journal. I also enjoyed eating lots of spicy Cajun seafood.
Prior to law school, I worked as an investigative newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida, winning the Associated Press Managing Editors of Texas Award in Investigative Journalism for a story I wrote about a botched and suspicious adoption case.
I am admitted to the state bar in Maryland, D.C. and New York, and the following federal courts: United States District Court for the District of Maryland; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Hourly ($375/hour), Retainer (always)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|State v. V.B.||Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal|
|F.A. v. N.A.||Counsel fees denied|
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|The Huffington Post||Child-Support: Paying Your Fair-Share?||2013|
|The Good Men Project||Child-Support: Paying Your Fair-Share Or Funding Your Ex-Spouse’s Spending Spree?||2013|
|The Good Men Project||Divorce Guilt Can Break Your Bank||2013|
|Bankruptcy In New Jersey||True story: How to squirrel away $5,000 to get out of a horrible marriage (and get the kids, house and alimony)||2013|
|The Huffington Post||Divorce Inequality: What Same-Sex Couples Should Know Before They Say 'I Do'||2013|
|The Good Men Project||Stop Painting Your Ex as a Horrible, Negligent Addict and Resolve Your Divorce Guilt||2013|
|The Huffington Post||Custody Battles: The Top Five Things Dads Should Know Before Setting Foot in Court||2013|
|The Huffington Post||Divorce Slush Fund? Every Woman Needs Her Own Account||2013|
|wealthysinglemommy.com||Every woman needs $5000 in her own account, even if it's a secret||2012|
|wealthysinglemommy.com||True Story: How to squirrel away $5000 to get out of a horrible marriage||2012|
|Law.com||"Lowering the Raised Bar," (The Notice Pleading Restoration Act’s attempt to reverse ‘Twombly’ and ‘Iqbal’ pleading standards)||2009|
|Tulane University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Florida Atlantic University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Student Round Table series||Family Law in New York||2015|
|Aidonis Realty Thursday Night Speaker Series||Equitable Distribution and the marital home||2012|