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Scott Lee Richardson

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2004

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Scott Lee Richardson
126 E Jefferson St
Orlando, FL, 328011830

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Posted by Robert | June 15, 2023
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Great representation and communication
I was referred to Scott Richardson after my previous defense attorney stopped responding to my emails or calls. Mr. Richardson did a fantastic job in a short period of time, and not only did he communicate when I needed an answer but his notifications eliminated the need for most questions.
Posted by Jose | March 31, 2023
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Scott is the best!
From the start, Scott was attentive and understanding. He worked my case diligently and professionally, always there for my questions and extremy knowledgeable. I appreciate his honesty and would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help. Thanks Scotty!!!
Posted by Kristin | March 1, 2021
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Top Notch Attorney
Scott Richardson is the best attorney hands down one of the most experienced takes care of his clients all around the best! Thanks Scott Sincerely Kristin B.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2021
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So grateful
Without a doubt the kindest and most gracious, yet professional and tenacious person I have met in any field of endeavor. My scenario was the first for me. Having been arrested for DUI, during the day and a very grievous mistake, as a professional an father of 2 children, I screwed up. I was referred to Scott and immediately he calmed my fears. He was congenial, friendly, knowledgeable and continually contacted me to assure not only myself, but my wife, was doing well through the process. In the courtroom, he was at ease with the process, stood with me and never left me alone in my fearful state. He was amazing. I would consider Scott to be a genuine person with a love for people and a spirit of excellence in his work.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2020
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Grateful
Scott is by far the most professional, outstanding attorney that I have ever met. He accomplishes miracles when we don't feel we deserve them. Scott always lets you know it is his job to worry through whatever it is you are going through, it is your job to get better and do the work you need to do. He was not only my lawyer, he was my best friend and cared enough to kick my butt when I needed it most. It has taken me five years to write this review because of the shame I felt as I am a professional and everything in my life looked great to the outside world but was so wrong on the inside. There were days I did not want to live due to the shame and guilt I was feeling. He not only got me through my current legal issues with very little pain, he constantly reminded me that I needed to live one day at a time and make the changes needed to live a beautiful, healthy life from then on. He never judged me and followed up by giving me the tools and encouragement to do the work. I can now say today, I called him to thank him and let him know he is one of the most essential people in my life and truly made a difference. He will always have your back and be brutally honest when you need it. I have recommended Scott to family and friends for many issues, including family law because sometimes we need someone who will not just coddle or tell us what we want to hear, we need someone who will tell us the truth, get to the point and get the job done. Thank you, Scott for showing me how to truly live my best life and get through the most difficult times I have ever been through. Today, my life is beautiful and I and I am truly thriving again. One day at a time.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2017
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Great guy
Very friendly and patient. Got me out of a hole a few times. I would definitely recommend him too the next guy.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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Consummate Professional
Scott was hired earlier this year. He is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and an excellent communicator. His calming approach helps even the most challenging clients, and situations. Thank you Scott.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2017
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A true A+ professional
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know of my experience with Mr. Richardson and his Team (Tammy). I am very pleased with the performance, support, professionalism and determination of Mr. Richardson . Throughout my case, he was always very quick to respond, made himself available during times that most would consider after hours and always patient in explaining the status and details/developments of my case. He did a great job keeping calm and always assured me that I was going to be ok. Upon closing of my case,(dismissal) I knew Mr. Richardson did everything in his power to ensure this process had truly been as smooth and comfortable as possible. Every step along the way, I was kept informed of the progress... I could not have asked for more! I thank and commend Mr. Scott Richardson and his team for truly being an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Ginger | June 15, 2017
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Awesome Attorney
A few years ago I was referred to Mr. Richardson for a family member who had gotten in some trouble. Mr. Richardson made himself available immediately for me and my family member. He made calls, visits and guided us through every detail and step we took. He has since become the "family" attorney and is always available for all the needs. He is on point, carries himself very well in the courtroom and with other legal counsel, very passionate about his clients and law. I would never hesitate to hand out Mr. Richardson's number to anyone who is in need. He is attentive, responsive and caring to all needs of his clients and their family members. If you need an attorney, look no further. Scott Richardson is the one to call!!!
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Posted by Michelle M. | June 12, 2017
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This attorney is super responsive and to the point!
I was stressed and discouraged when I went to see Scott Richardson. I had already had several attorneys in the past as my family law case seems to have gone on for too many years prior to meeting with him. He was professional, knowledgeable and understanding to my temperament when I sat in his office for the first time. He was diligent and aggressive regarding my case and I could not have asked for a better attorney. If you are looking for an attorney in the Orlando area do not look any further than Scott Richardson. I am happy to say I have not needed an attorney since Scott Richardson handled my case.
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Posted by Al | March 1, 2017
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Aggressive, Skillful, Prudent, and Caring Attorney that Get's Great Results
If you are considering hiring an attorney for your family or criminal case then you need look no further than Mr. Richardson. Take my advice as a former client of Scott's on both family law and criminal cases, you need to hire Scott Richardson. I hope I never have another criminal or family law case again; but, if I do, Scott will be the one and only attorney I will call. I have known Scott for 15 years both personally and professionally and I can guarantee that you will not find a better lawyer to handle your case. There are many positive things I can say about Scott but when you are a client and either your freedom is on the line for a criminal case or your child visitation/marital problems hang in the balance the bottom line is you want results. And Scott Richardson is the attorney that can get you the results you need when the two most important things in life, your freedom or your family, hang in the balance as Scott has handled both these types of cases for me superbly. As an example, just a couple of months ago Scott was able to have my probation terminated in only ONE-THIRD of the time I was sentenced, which is unheard of since judges generally will not even consider early termination until you have done AT LEAST HALF of your time. The Judge granted our motion terminating my probation early after a hearing that Scott did a most excellent job presenting and I could not have been happier. This was a very big deal with a lot on the line for me and my family all of whom were in attendance at the hearing. We were so happy and so relieved after the hearing that I finally had my freedom restored and could begin putting my life back together. But here is the kicker and this is the other thing you should know about Scott. Not only does Scott perform very well when it counts and gets great results but Scott genuinely cares. As excited and happy as my family and I were, Scott was equally happy for us. That is what I want in my lawyer someone that is aggressive, skillful, prudent, and genuinely cares about me and how the outcome of my case will affect me and my family. That is what you should want in a lawyer, and that is why if you are reading this and are considering whether to hire Scott then do yourself a favor and be assured that hiring Scott Richardson will be the best decision you could ever make.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Richardson has handled all of my families legal needs for more then 18 years. He is trustworthy, extremely knowledgeable and skilled in the field of law. Thanks Scott!
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2017
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Exceeded expectations
Scott made me feel comfortable to discuss the situation and be honest with me about the best possible outcome. The result was a best case scenario under the circumstances. Scott is knowledgeable, personable, and I believe he cares about his clients. HIRE HIM.
Posted by Kaitlyn | November 4, 2016
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Vocal and Establishes Presence
When my fiancé and I got into an argument at Disney, he was escorted out under false pretenses of the Disney security. He was tried for battery of dating violence. We may have gotten loud with one another but never in our history has he ever laid a hand on me. We hired Scott to get the case thrown out of court as the state went forward to prosecute my fiancé after I filed not to press charges. It went all the way to a jury trial where Scott was able to disprove the witness statements that he laid a hand on me. The jury came back with a not guilty verdict. Thank you Scott so much for proving my fiancés innocence!
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Posted by Karen | July 12, 2016
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Would hire him again.
When you are in your "golden years" and find yourself in need of a lawyer, It can become very stressful. This is the position my husband and I found ourselves in August of 2015. We were very blessed to be referred to Scott Richardson for help. Our case took ten long months and Attorney Richardson was always there to answer our questions and give us reassurance when needed. He was always available to us by phone and was willing to schedule an appointment when we felt we needed council. Our outcome was positive and I know it was because of the dedication and concern Mr. Richardson had for us. We weren't just clients to him. We were real people with real needs and he met them without question. I hope we don 't have the need for an attorney again, but I can tell you without doubt, I would recommend Scott to anyone. We have not only had superior representation, we have gained a true friend.
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Posted by Kevin B. | May 25, 2016
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Fantastic Lawyer!
I cannot say enough good things about Scott Richardson! I was falsely accused of domestic battery charge in October 2015, which ended up leading into a custody case involving my 2 very young children, too. I called Scott Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m. and was freaking out talking a mile a minute over the phone to him explaining my situation. He calmly listened for a good 15 minutes and let me get it all out of my system and then agreed to meet me that very our at his office to discuss all the pertinent of my case. (how many other lawyers do you know that would do that?) My case was extremely complicated because we were not married and had paternity established and Joint 50/50 custody in another state but not in Florida. Scott was able to resolve both the criminal issue and the family issues. He was able to give me sound advice and urge me to take my case to trial. I took his advice and was able to have him file all the necessary paperwork to keep my kids in the state of Florida. Not only did he get the custody order from the other state recognized and enforced in the state of Florida but he also gave me excellent legal representation which led to the state of Florida dismissing all charges against me. I was not the easiest client to deal with, I'm sure, because I was an emotional wreck during this whole process but he never showed frustration or any signs of being annoyed by my neediness. He was extremely patient and very well prepared leading up to the trial and the day of trial. He prepared to go to trial even though he was very confident the state would not likely move forward... I am so very grateful for having Scott Richardson as my lawyer. I highly recommend Scott Richardson!
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Posted by MFH | January 11, 2016
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Better Call Scott
I had two major mistakes in 2015... I got involved in a situation that led to my arrest and I didn't hire Scott "at first"... A four thousand dollar lesson / mistake... Four thousand given to an attorney that would not listen and did not represent me the way I wanted or needed... So, I fired her and found Scott... Scott did listen, Scott did return calls... SCOTT AND HIS STAFF FOUGHT FOR ME...Scott and his staff are in your corner 100%... It was money well spent with Scott... The Law is not always Black and White, and there are many shades of gray... "He's Known" and "Respected" by the States Attorney Office and the Judges... And this allows for open communication for positive results... You Better call Scott... Don't waste your time or money with another Attorney !!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2015
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THE BEST ATTORNEY EVER!!!!
I HIRED MR. SCOTT RICHARDSON, AFTER EXHAUSTING MY SEARCHES FOR AN ATTORNEY TO TAKE MY CASE, GOD SENT ME MR. RICHARDSON AND HIS TEAM!!! HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MR. SCOTT RICHARDSON AND HIS TEAM I WOULD HAVE LOST MY DAUGHTER FOREVER. THE ONLY ATTORNEY WHO TOOK MY CASE, GUARANTEED TO HELP ME FIGHT TO GET MY DAUGHTER BACK, HELD MY HAND THROUGH THE WHOLE CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END, GAVE ME THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT I NEEDED, NOT HAVING ANY FAMILY TO SUPPORT ME. YOU CAN CONSIDER HIM HAVING THE BEDSIDE MANNER LIKE A DOCTOR. BY YOUR SIDE THE WHOLE TIME!!! MY RATING FOR MR. RICHARDSON GOES BEYOND THE 5 STARS IT'S HAS NO LIMITS, BECAUSE HE HELPED ME GET MY LIFE BACK... MY 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, WHO WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME BY THE STATE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REAL ATTORNEY, WHO WILL FIGHT FOR YOU TILL THE END, THEN MR. SCOTT RICHARDSON IS IT... BUT I THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR SENDING ME MR. RICHARDSON, HE IS AN ATTORNEY WHO FIGHTS FOR WHAT THE LAW STATES!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM FOR ANY CASE, EVEN IF IT MAY NOT BE HIS SPECIALTY, HE WILL STILL FIGHT FOR YOU AND NOT SAY I CAN'T TAKE YOUR CASE. MR. RICHARDSON IS AN ATTORNEY THAT WILL FIGHT FOR A CAUSE, AND FOLLOW THE LAW AS IT STATES... HE IS TRUE, REAL AND MOST OF ALL HONEST ATTORNEY!!! NOTHING, OTHER THAN TO RECOMMEND HIM TO OTHERS, WILL EVER PAY WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTER. HE IS AN OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY, AND A TRUSTING ONE... WHO WILL STAND BY YOU ALL THE WAY!!!! I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH MR. RICHARDSON.... YOU ROCK!!!!
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Posted by Zoila♥ | August 12, 2015
Best Choice for Orange County and Apopka
I hired Mr Richardson when my cousin gave a recommendation and Mr Richardson's number. Scott met me on a Sunday and went over everything. I had criminal charges on me and Mr Richardson felt like he would get the charges reduced or dismissed. As predicted, the charge was dismissed! Mr Richardson is very well known in Apopka for his excellent work as it turns out. He has represented a number of people I know in Orlando that had amazing things to say about him. He is always prepared and informative. His office staff is super responsive and they speak Spanish. Everyone at the courthouse knew him when we went in, and I was treated very well. If you are looking for a superior defense attorney, look no more and call Scott Richardson
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2015
He Saved My Rear End, That's for Sure!
My title says it all. I was in a ton of trouble, and Scott Richardson saved my life. It was a drug charge, and I was looking at state prison time if convicted. He was aggressive and thorough from the start, and filed a motion to suppress evidence because of mistakes by the police at the time of my arrest. After a long hearing, Scott found lots of inconsistent statements in the arresting officer's testimony, and the motion to suppress the evidence was granted! What impressed me most about Scott was not just his attention to detail, but also the thorough way he researched the law, and came to court armed with all kinds of court decisions, much more than the prosecutor did. And before the hearing took place, he and his staff answered all of my questions, and were really helpful in bringing peace of mind to both me and wife. I never lost my job, never had to go to prison, and my life would be a whole lot worse right now if it weren't for Scott. I'd recommend him to ANYBODY, and he's my family's attorney for life!
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2004
updated on 03/16/2011

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner-President
  • Law Offices Scott L Richardson
  • 2013 - Present

Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985

Associations

  • Florida Lawyers Assistance
  • Monitor-member
  • 1990 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2013
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2013
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Developmental Writing
  • Drugs and the Law
  • 2013
  • ethics course Barry Law School
  • ethics in criminal cases
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (19)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is a great criminal defense attorney, who gets the job done. As a former prosecutor, Scott and I had a few cases together. Scott was always professional, while advocating for the best result for his clients. Even after Scott had gotten the result he wanted from me, he took the time to compliment me on my own professionalism. This may seem like a small thing, but it goes to show that Scott is thinking ahead for the next client, and working to maintain good relations with the prosecutors he deals with. If you are in trouble, give Scott a call!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent attorney, who is exceedingly passionate about his clients. He is indeed a zealous advocate!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott's passion for his clients is notable. He has a deep understanding of the criminal defense process and works very hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Richardson is a stellar courtroom attorney. I have seen this guy win trials and hearings when the cards were firmly stacked against his client. Mr. Richardson has an outstanding rapport with the judges, the law enforcement community, and the attorneys in Central Florida. I know him to be ultra responsive to his clients. I have never seen a more effective advocate than Scott Richardson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is both knowledgeable and skillful in the courtroom. He truly cares for his clients and is a strong advocate for their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally witnessed Mr. Richardson's highly effective litigation skills in court. I can further attest to his thorough preparation in all court matters and his complete dedication to his clients. He is one of a very few attorneys who can prevail in matters normally thought of as indefensible. He is a very impressive attorney at law."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott and I had a difficult case. He was a strong advocate for his client. We did not always agree but he was extremely professional and good to work with."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of knowing Attorney Scott Richardson for over 18 years. He zealously fights for his clients. He is knowledgeable about the law & well respected among his peers as well as judges. He is passionate about the law & strives to get the best results for his clients. I highly recommend Attorney Scott Richardson!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Scott for many years. I have observed him in court and seen him dealing with judges and helping clients. I have consulted him on cases and he has done the same with me. Scott has great depth of knowledge of the criminal justice system, and works hard for his clients. He has empathy for his clients and treats them as a fellow human being. Scott is very knowledgeable, has his heart in the right place and is a very good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a heavy hitter and you need him on your team. He is a dedicated Central Florida attorney who works very hard for his clients. I have seen him in court numerous times and was impressed by his ability to get his point across to the court in a clear and concise manner. Judges seem to be at ease with him and his smooth and effective way of persuasion. I am confident of his legal experience and give him an excellent endorsement rating."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Scott Richardson for a number of years, both as a colleague and a friend. During that time we have had a number of opportunities to work together on cases. As such I have observed, firsthand, Scott's legal skills and abilities. He has a tremendous knowledge of criminal law which, when combined with his tenacity in court, make him a very formidable advocate on behalf of his clients. Scott's representation is top notch."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Friend
"Scott is one of my favorite people in the world. He is a fighter in life and a fighter in the courtroom. He has taught me many things, and I am glad to have shared in his wisdom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I could describe Scott Richardson in five words it would be EXPERIENCED, SUCCESSFUL, ACCOMPLISHED, RESPECTED and COMPASSIONATE! Scott has all of the qualities that you would want in a lawyer who is passionate about fighting for his client's rights, seeking justice for his clients and making sure his clients are protected by their constitutional rights. I endorse Scott and am honored to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a member of the Florida Bar and have known Scott for over twenty years, first in my former position as a federal prosecutor and later as a fellow criminal defense and family law attorney. Scott is highly competent in court and possesses a unique ability to handle even the most complex cases. In speaking with individuals that Scott has represented, I have come to learn that he is honest and trustworthy in client dealings and goes above and beyond to obtain the most favorable results for his clients. I have recommended Scott to several people and will continue to do so."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is a knowledgeable attorney known for his excellent skills and experience particularly in criminal law matters. Recently, I handled a divorce matter with Scott as opposing counsel. He is an honest, professional and very capable attorney. I would recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have witnessed Scott represent clients in Orange/Seminole/Osceola and he is respected not just by his clients but also the Judges he is in front of. Scott has been there and done that, and he will try your case zealously, aggressively, and successfully. I know that when I refer Scott a case, the client will be eminently impressed with his professionalism and zeal to get a successful outcome, and moreso when he goes out and gets that successful outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Scott for 24 years. He is a hard working attorney who advocates tirelessly for his clients. He is a calming influence when clients are facing difficult situations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richardson is one of the only attorneys in the central Florida area that can adequately provide highly competent and aggressive criminal defense. If you are charged with crime, he is the heavyweight that you want in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've know Scott for over 20 years and know hi as a competent, thorough and zealous advocate for his clients."
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