Richard Richardson

Richard Richardson

San Francisco, California

I began working with Joel H. Siegal more than 10 years ago. Since that time, we have worked on cases dealing with civil rights, wrongful death, medical malpractice, breach of contract, employment discrimination, consumer protection and serious personal injuries. Common among all our cases is our abiding dedication to public service, fighting on behalf of victims who have suffered from serious injuries due to the negligent and reckless acts of large institutions. Together, Joel and I have used our 40 years of litigation experience to aggressively represent victims who would otherwise have no voice in our legal system.

In 2002, I graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in political science. Following graduation, I volunteered for the National Urban League, San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, and the Oakland NAACP branch office. I then began working for the J. Paul Getty Museum, a large nonprofit art institution located in Los Angeles.

At the end of 2003, I began working as a law clerk for Joel Siegal and Jerry Garchik. With Joel and Jerry, I researched and drafted memorandums concerning civil rights claims. This experience solidified my intent to enroll in Golden Gate University School of Law.

After graduating from Golden Gate University, I was admitted as an attorney into the California Bar on September 25, 2007. I immediately went to work for Kamala Harris as an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Here, I worked for four years as a state-level prosecutor specializing in litigating domestic violence, sexual assault, complex fraud and DUI cases. During my time as a prosecutor, I took interest in litigating serious and violent felony cases, including attempted murders and vehicular manslaughters. In all, I prosecuted more than 350 probable cause hearings and 15 jury trials. I also negotiated settlements and/or plea agreements in thousands of cases. In addition, I experienced some of my proudest moments while giving public speeches as a neighborhood liaison for the Bayview-Hunter's Point neighborhood.

The People v. Graves was one of the most meaningful cases I worked on as a prosecutor. The case involved a defendant who was charged with misdemeanor molestation of 10 minor female victims. After a three-week jury trial in which I introduced 17 witnesses, the defendant was convicted of 17 criminal counts of assault and/or molestation and was sentenced to serve four years in state prison.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2012


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco State University
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Misdemeanor Trial Attorney of the Year, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Black Prosecutor’s Association, Planning Committee, Board Member, 2010
  • Eastland Gardens Civic Association, Board Member, 2011 - 2012
  • National Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Charles Houston Bar Association, Member, 2005 - 2010
  • San Francisco District Attorney, Neighborhood Liaison for Bayview-Hunter’s Point, 2007 - 2011