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Dana Jo-Ann Richardson

Family Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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Dana J. Richardson Graduated suma cum laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Legal Studies. Ms. Richardson received her Law Degree from Duquesne University School of Law. She concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of Criminal Law, with a speciality in DUI Defense, and Family Law. Ms. Richardson is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the DUIDLA, where she receives specialized education in the area of DUI Defense Law.  Ms. Richardson is admitted to all Pennsylvania State Courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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Posted by Tammy | September 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Calm in the middle of the storm
As empty nesters I never thought I would need a family law attorney but life happens and as it turned out in the course of just a few days we went from grown and gone to what do I do? How do I do it? What is this process and what comes next. Called Attorney Richardson and got in with her the same week .Turns out we have a couple of other things to get through before we hire an attorney but if we need to we will be hiring her! She was so calm and soothing and at the same time confident about what she was saying. As we go through this process everything is going exactly as she said it would and that offers us comfort. While matters like this are notoriously expensive to navigate through the courts we found Attorney Richardson to be quite reasonable. There is great reassurance that we while we take care of our family during this time that we have somebody we can trust just a phone call away who is prepared to represent us.
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Posted by Elaine | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney!! Very helpful and great to work with. She has been my family attorney for many years now. Trustworthy.
Posted by Jeannie | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed to have found this amazing Lawyer!!!!
I was looking for a divorce lawyer and liked what I read about her. She was amazing to me. She took the time to really talk to me during our first phone call and also the first meeting. Her kindness, promptness and knowledge got me through a bad time in my life. Dana treated me like I was the only client she had. She was prompt to answer all emails and questions. She was the rock I needed in my storm. There were times I just needed to look at her and hear her say, "It"s okay, you are going to be just fine", and I was. I also loved that we could laugh together about life. I was blessed beyond words to have hired her as my attorney. I like to think I have made another friend. I would suggest her to anyone in need of an amazing lawyer!
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Posted by Tamara | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
I hired Dana to help handle a custody issue. I was very impressed with her knowledge and expertise about this type of situation, both in consultation and in the courtroom. I was very satisfied with the outcome.
Posted by Vicki | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dana was beyond amazing, fully prepared and I felt as though she was as fully invested in the outcome of my case as I was. She cared for me as a client and a person.
Posted by Kathrin | August 18, 2011
Proactive Solutions
I hired Ms. Richardson to help me set up my new business and to make sure that I was following all of the necessary state and local guidelines. In addition to walking me through the process and explaining everything, she also took the time to provide a small business law primer to me. She makes sure her clients are knowledgeable, not just blindly following her lead.
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Posted by Bryan | October 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Supposed to be a simple divorce
Dana Richardson is the most disrespectful, uncommunicative, incompetent lawyer I've ever had the displeasure of working with. After seven months, she's spent my retainer, wants more money, and I'm no closer to completing my divorce.
Response from Dana Richardson July 6, 2021
While we appreciate authentic feedback, we have no record of you ever being a client of the firm.
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Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tibbott & Richardson, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dornish and Scolieri, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Charles Tini and Associates
  • 2005 - 2008


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Point Park University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Client’s child not ordered to reunify with father as both our client and her daughter desired.
  • The Court saw our position as in line with the child’s best interests. Ultimately, the Court agreed and ordered that sole physical and legal custody remain with our client.
  • Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order Not Substantiated.
  • Adult daughter’s PFA complaint against our client, her father, was unsubstantiated at the hearing and the PFA order was terminated.
  • Obtained Co-guardianship & Restored Visitation Rights.
  • We had the criminal charges reduced to a summary offense, requiring no jail or probation, and the no-contact restraining order removed. We then successfully had our client appointed as co-guardian of her mother’s personal and financial affairs.
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  • Cambria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Homewood Business Owners Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - 2019
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Law Firm 500 2022 Honoree
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2022
  • Women in Business Award
  • Pittsburgh Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • The Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Statute
  • 2022
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Entity Formations
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Other
"Dana is a passionate and extremely talented attorney. She works hard for her clients to achieve the best possible outcome. I highly endorse Dana."
Oil and gas Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Dana worked for me while in law school, and then worked for one of my clients before returning as an associate in my firm. Dana handled landlord tenant and other real estate matters well, and maintained a personal connection with our clients. I was sorry to lose her to doing oil and gas title searching, but I now refer my clients who need those searches to Dana."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I witnessed someting a few years ago that other lawyers and real estate clients need to know about. I had a very complicated real estate case two years ago, and Dana Richardson was my opposing counsel. I found Attorney Richardson was an extremely worthy opponent. Early on in the case, Ms. Richardson was prepared for all of our negotiations, and worked hard to settle the case without going to court in order to save her client money. Then, when we just could not come to an agreement, Attorney Richardson quickly changed gears and was completely ready, willing, and able to get her client what she wanted in Court. What impressed me most was that Attorney Richardson handled the unique emotional aspects of the case perfectly. She had to work extra hard to diffuse the emotion and keep the case moving forward to the goal line, and Dana did that so perfectly. Because of this, I would not hesitate to refer real estate cases to Attorney Richardson, and in fact, I do!"
Oil and gas Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Dana through her partner, Beth. I was immediately able to observe that Dana is a very talented lawyer whose dedication and commitment to her clients is unmatched. Although she is extremely knowledgeable regarding various aspects of the law, she is particularly knowledgeable regarding oil and gas law. Dana is a great attorney and one whom I endorse without any hesitation whatsoever."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Dana through her partner, Beth Tibbott, at a rigorous and high energy DUI defense seminar. I was immediately impressed by her intellect and her charm. She is a dedicated DUI Defender, and I look forward to my next opportunity to refer a client to her."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana and I went to law school together and worked together for several years. We are now partners in the law firm of Tibbott & Richardson. Dana is an extremely talented attorney and an honest and hardworking individual. Integrity and reputation are very important in the legal profession, thus it is necessary to be careful with whom you associate. I had no hesitation joining forces with Dana in our legal practice. She fights hard for each and every one of our clients with honesty and integrity. Dana Richardson is a great attorney."
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