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William O. Richardson

Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Phone: 910-488-5050
Fax: 910-339-4373
Email: billy@therichardsonfirm.com

William O. “Billy” Richardson has been practicing law in North Carolina since his admission to the Bar in 1980. Throughout his career, he has built a reputation as a zealous, effective litigator, in and out of the courtroom. He has appeared in front of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Billy is active politically and currently serves the people of Cumberland County as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

He continues to build The Richardson Firm, in hopes of providing zealous, competent representation for each client that he has the pleasure of representing.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2004

Education

  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
    • J.D. – 1980
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. – 1977
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

State v. Hennis, 323 N.C. 279 (North Carolina Supreme Court 1988)

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2011
  • Rated AV Preeminent

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • The North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Member, 1980 – Present
  • YMCA, Board of Directors, 1997 – 2004
  • YMCA, President, 2002 – 2003
  • Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Government Committee
  • for Chamber of Commerce, 2000
  • UNC Wilmington, Board of Visitors, 1999 – 2002
  • UNC Chapel Hill, Board of Visitors, 1997 – 1999
  • Education Foundation of Cumberland County, President, 1990 – 1991
  • Democratic Mens Club, President, 1990 – 1991
  • Myrover-Reese, Board of Directors, 1985 – 1996
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Member, 1980 – 2000
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Chair, Stewardship Committee (7 times)
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Vestry Committee, 1984 – 1992
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rector Search Committee, 1985
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rector Search Committee, 1992
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Member, 2000 – Present
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Co-Chair Stewardship 2007 & 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Elected, North Carolina House of Representatives, Member, 1992 – 1996
  • 12th Judicial District, Cumberland County North Carolina, Assistant District Attorney, 1980 – 1983
  • Beaver, Holt & Richardson, Partner, 1983 – 2000
  • Mitchell, Brewer & Richardson, Partner, 2000 – 2008
  • Richardson & Brittain, LLC, Partner, 2008 – 2010

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