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John Secrest Richards

Real estate Attorney at Danville, CA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as J.R. Richards, John Richards

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Advocacy for wide variety of real estate disputes including quiet title, boundaries, tree and view, easements, purchase and sale, real estate fraud, construction, and agent liability.

    17 years, 200 cases

  2. Business
    Resource for contract drafting, negotiation, breach of contract, and real estate investments.

    17 years, 100 cases

  3. Landlord or tenant
    No nonsense landlord representation.

    17 years, 200 cases

Richards Law is proud to announce that J.R. Richards has joined the California Bar Real Property Executive committee!


Richards Law is a law firm with years of experience to obtain concrete results for your real estate needs.  We take a practical and determined approach to litigation and transactional representation for property owners.  Richards Law is based out of Danville, California representing landowners in just about every district of Northern California with a special emphasis on Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County and San Francisco County. Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation before taking control of your situation to give you the peace of mind that your case is being handled in your best interest.


Led by John Richards, Richards Law is available to resolve disputes with ownership, boundaries, easement, title, business disputes, breach of contract, HOA disputes, reformation, rescission, neighbor law, business purchase, business sale, business dissolution, deed of trust, tree controversies, views, broker liability, fraud, and material non-disclosure.


Richards Law represents landlords concerning property ownership, eviction, unlawful detainer, property insurance claims.


Richards Law also offers transactional services: property sales, options to purchase, lease drafting, business leasing, and business sale agreements.

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Richards Law
261 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA, 94526

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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Private Party Real Estate Sale
JR handled the sale of my mother's house upon her passing. He handled a sale between private parties, saving us commissions and we successfully avoided onerous provisions the title company attempted to impose upon us, avoided an arbitration clause and successfully navigated a deal with a stubborn buyer. JR was friendly, competent. and flexible. I would definitely use him in the future should the need arise.
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Posted by Shanif | January 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent leadership
JR Richards took on my rental real estate case dealing with a non-paying tenant .. tenant was illusive when it came to rent payments .. tenant began to assume that since his long term vision (and he had no cash) was to purchase the property that he can ignore paying rent .. JR navigated the case beautifully with full knowledge of the process, JR was compassionate yet realistic and guided me and set expectations of what to expect and JR delivered .. JR filed the case and we won, tenant got evicted even though he tried to pull all stops, JR always seem to know what might happen and stayed a step ahead .. my full recommendation for JR to lead any of your real estate related cases! Very knowledgeable, strategic and anticipates with deep insights!
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Posted by Duane | February 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
JR helped me resolve a frivolous lawsuit by a person who had no representative. Being from the east coast, I had no knowledge of the laws around a demur. With his expert knowledge and background in financial affairs and real estate, he managed to get us a settlement vs. an expensive demur and possible court appearance. What a weight off my mind! JR is committed, knowledgeable, and looks out for your best interest and not his pockets. How do you spell relief? JR I would recommend him every time for your real estate or funding real estate legal needs.
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Response from John Richards February 4, 2016
Thank you, Duane. It's good to see that my office is actually following our business model.
Posted by Ingrid | February 24, 2015
Life saver
I have had JR with Richards Law help my small business for the past two years with several unfortunate lawsuits. I have been pleased with the communication and response time I have been given. There is no price that can be given for the peace of mind and the reduced stress in my life because of my association with Richards Law. I recommend JR to everyone I come in contact with. I know he can help you as well.
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Posted by Rick | July 29, 2014
Honest, Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Responsive, Reasonable Attorney (no, I'm not his Mother - just a very satisfied client)
I couldn't be happy with JR! As a former police officer and as a property manager and businessman, I have worked with dozens of attorneys on both criminal and civil cases. JR is truly top drawer- was obviously well-versed in his area of law, outlined our options and strategies, very personable and understandable, kept me informed, responded quickly and was very fair in billing. JR truly puts his client's interests before his own - as all attorneys are supposed to do, but few actually do. You can't go wrong with JR.
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Response from John Richards February 4, 2016
Thank you, Rick. We pride ourselves on developing long term relationships with clients like you.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2014
Excellent service for landlord
JR represented us in a tricky dispute with a tenant and was exceedingly thorough in preparing a case for eviction for non-payment of rent. He was able to negotiate a settlement without needing to go before the judge saving us time and money.
Response from John Richards February 4, 2016
Glad to be of service. Thank you for your feedback.
Posted by Laurence | July 22, 2014
Very Pleased With Richards Law
My absolute favorite attorney of all time. Wow, can there be such a thing? Yup. =) JR is one of the good guys.....not a billable hour bully. JR is highly competent, super friendly and easy to talk to, focused, listens, explains clearly, and handles things the way you want them handled-like having a lawyer in the family. He R-E-A-L-L-Y cares....and he knows his stuff. I have used him for issues as far ranging as libel, identity theft, real estate, taxes, property inspection, false service of process, and HOA law. Perfectly happy with everything he has done. Wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Can't recommend him enough. Richards Law is reasonable in price-and excellent in service. I have switched all of my legal work to his office, and the HOA I work with has done the same. JR gets results-the experience could not be any more positive! (sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming) Call'll see.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 24, 2013
Investment loan agreement
I had to go out of country before I could conclude a loan agreement (I'm the lender), so JR took over and began to gather documents he believes were necessary to evaluate the borrower and collaterals. He was knowledgeable and kept me informed with progresses by email.
Response from John Richards February 4, 2016
Thank you Jonathan.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-10%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Richards Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bardellini, Straw & Cavin, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Denison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mortgage Rescue Disaster
  • $800,000.00 +
  • Constructive Trust
  • Title to Home or just compensation
  • Loan Dispute Victory
  • $377,000.00 collected.


  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Chairman
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney: VLSC
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Juris Doctorate with Honors
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Specialization: Real Estate Law
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (32)
Endorse John
Real estate Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Committed to ethical and aggressive client representation."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although new to Avvo, it is clear that Mr. Richards has a lot of practical, valuable experience. His answers are accurate and analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
General practice Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known John for over a decade, and strongly endorse his services. He is attentive and responsive. John truly looks out for the best interest of his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being affable, John Richards is an excellent real estate attorney. He is very knowledgeable, conscientious and dedicated to his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.R. is an active and well-connected attorney in the East Bay."
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