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Joseph Richardson

Class action Attorney at Ontario, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 12 years
    California - CA 23 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

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Partner Joseph L. Richardson leads the firm’s Racial & Economic Justice practice. This practice group is designed to be a voice for the community; it is intentionally and uniquely positioned to bring actions against entities and institutions whose policies disproportionately harm people of color in the workplace and the consumer/small business marketplace. The group encompasses areas including employment, civil rights, and consumer and small business class actions.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Richardson also leads the department in advocacy – partnering with leaders (business, community, political, religious and others), and community institutions including schools and nonprofits to shed light on and combat racial and economic inequality. Mr. Richardson also leads the effort to identify meaningful pro bono opportunities for the attorneys of the firm, whose professional pro bono work will be directed in helping individuals and small businesses that are harmed by racist policies.

Mr. Richardson uses his bridgebuilding skills in his legal representation and jury trials, where he has been able to present in a way that allows very different people to find commonality with his clients. He has been involved in employment, class action, and other litigation involving treatment of disadvantaged individuals, and has secured successful verdicts and million-dollar settlements for clients. He has also advocated for churches and non-profit entities.

Mr. Richardson’s background informs his work. Born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles, he discovered an early passion for arguing legal and political issues. In 1989, Mr. Richardson attended University of Redlands, where he was student body president, hosted comedy shows and won Senior of the Year. He interned in Congress in Washington D.C. and wrote commentary on legal and political issues. At Northwestern Law School, Mr. Richardson was an SBA student government leader, hosted on campus cabarets, and travelled with the Kellogg School of Management to Ghana as part of their Global Initiatives in Management program.

All his life, Mr. Richardson has been a leader and bridgebuilder, brokering difficult conversations with diverse people – and holding them to account when necessary – for the benefit of the community. He has held elected leadership roles at every school he attended from elementary school on. In 2017, Mr. Richardson began a campaign for Redlands City Council which lasted more than a year, involved more than 100 meetings with stakeholders, knocking on over 3,000 doors, and garnered support from diverse individuals and groups, including public safety and labor. Placing second, he received nearly 2,000 votes, and made major progress toward becoming Redlands’ first African American city councilman.

In 2019, Mr. Richardson was appointed a member of the Redlands Planning Commission. Since 2015, he has been an adjunct law professor at LaVerne College of Law, teaching California Civil Procedure and Trial Advocacy. Mr. Richardson is a frequent public speaker on legal and ethical responsibility, leadership, civil rights, and today’s fronts in the search for justice. He is also a frequent media contributor, appearing on local and national television and writing on constitutional and justice issues. Personally, he has stayed involved in the community through the Family Services Association of Redlands, and the Garner Holt Foundation. He lives and practices in his college town of Redlands, California.  

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McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
3281 East Guasti Road
Suite 100
Ontario, CA, 91761

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Posted by Josh | March 12, 2021
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Working With Joe Richardson
I recently had an issue with a former employer and had the opportunity to work with Joe. He did an excellent job helping me navigate a frustrating situation and reach a satisfactory outcome. Working with Joe was easy and his legal guidance was clear-headed and practical. I'd certainly reach out to Joe again I find myself in a similar situation!
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Posted by Shirley | January 14, 2016
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HR Business
Mr. Richardson has been a great help when needed for our small medical practice. He is very knowledgeable on employment law and also in reviewing contracts. I highly recommend him for any business needs.
Posted by Paul | January 14, 2016
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Joe Richardon - Laudatory Comments
Met Joe early last year (15) after my company was served by a frivilious "class action" by a disgruntal former employee. The results if that went through would have casue bankrupt! In any event, I find him a gentleman, thoughtful, honest, agressive when he needs to be and trustworthy. His rates are ok, as opposed to some others. He saved my company, while it was a battle, we won however, as I believe the case one is "Guilty until proven innocent"; not the other way that is prtended in Hollywood. Since this actin ended, I have asked Joe for other help on another matter. He is the "go to guy" for me & my wife personally and my company. Can't say enough about his good ethics. He is a Good Man! Paul CEO
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Posted by Michael | January 13, 2016
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It only hurt a little
Joe handled our employee wrongful termination case with professionalism and care. His mediation recommendation was A+. Our business was satisfied with our outcome, it could have been a disaster for us, it wasn't, it only hurt a little.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Borton Petrini, LLP
  • 2011 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • P.K. Schrieffer LLP
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Welebir Tierney & Weck
  • 2005 - 2009
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  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Redlands
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Richard T. Fields Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Oncology Social Worker Symposium
  • Rules Surrounding Employee Accommodations for Cancer Patients
  • 2019
  • Building a Generation Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser
  • Emcee
  • 2019
  • AFLV West Conference
  • Dramatic Irony: Legal Rights and Ethical Leadership
  • 2019
  • Hazing Prevention
  • Sprains, Strains and Fractures: Athletes and the Law
  • 2018
  • University of Redlands Campus Greek Community
  • Love Leadership and Legal Responsibility
  • 2016
  • NBI Seminar-Faculty Member
  • Employment Law Comprehensive Guide
  • 2014
  • NBI All Day Employment Law Seminar
  • Employment Law 2014 Comprehensive Guide
  • 2014
  • Business Owners Select Monthly Business Meeting
  • Independent Contractor vs. Employee
  • 2012
  • Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend
  • "You Can Be Me" Career Panel
  • 2011
  • LoCal Conference
  • Who's Hazing Johnny Now: Legal Ramifications of Hazing
  • 2007
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Ontario Class action Lawyer Joseph Richardson
Joseph Richardson
Class action Attorney
Ontario, CA
Licensed for 23 years