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Catherine A. Richardson serves as a Deputy City Attorney with the San Diego City Attorney's Ofice.  Ms. Richardson has over twenty five years of litigation experience in a broad range of practice areas, including wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, construction defects, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, insurance bad faith, and business cases. 

Not long after graduating from law school, she gained valuable trial experience prosecuting criminal cases, including domestic violence cases while in the nationally-recognized Domestic Violence Unit of the City Attorney's Office.

Ms. Richardson has volunteered her time as a Pro Tem Administrative Law Judge for the State of California, as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Small Claims Court, as an Arbitrator for the San Diego County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee, and on the Two-Attorney Settlement Conference Panel for the San Diego Superior Court, North County Division. She also serves on the Board of Directors of teh San Diego Inn of Court and has been a Workshop leader for the Inn's Evidence and Trial Practice programs for many years.

Ms. Richardson was born in New York, and relocated to San Diego in 1979. She received her BA from UCSD, and her law degree from the University of San Diego. She has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988.


Practice areas


  1. State & Local Law: 100%

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San Diego City Attorney's Office-Civil Division

1200 Third Avenue
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersSan Diego Magazine2014
Top LawyersSan Diego Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Outstanding Trial Lawyer AwardConsumer Attorneys of San Diego2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy City AttorneySan Diego City Attorney's Office2014 - 2014
Senior CounselKlinedinst, PC2011 - 2014
Deputy City AttorneySan Diego City Attorney's Office2009 - 2011
OwnerLaw Offices of Catherine A. Richardson2006 - 2009
PartnerThorsnes Bartolotta McGuire2004 - 2006
AssociateThorsnes Bartolotta McGuire1997 - 2004
Deputy City AttorneySan Diego City Attorney's Office1990 - 1997
AssociateThorsnes Bartolotta McGuire & Padilla1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Inn of CourtBoard of Directors2013 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMemberN/A
San Diego Superior Court, North CountyTwo-Attorney Panel Settlement ConferenceN/A
San Diego County Task Force on Domestic ViolenceCo-chairN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationDirector2002 - 2005
San Diego County Bar FoundationDirector2002 - 2005
Consumer Attorney Association of San DiegoDirector2002 - 2008
Consumer Attorney Association of San DiegoMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
La Jolla Village Homeowners Assn. v. Superior Court, Court of AppealN/A
Dodge v. Superior CourtN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Neighbor Disputes Law and Litigation,Chapter 7 - Noise, Odor and Light2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of California - San DiegoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Educational ServicesSuccessful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California2003
WorkshopEvidence and Trial Practice1996