Kris Poppe joined the Richardson Firm in 2016 after nearly 35 years of military service, including over 20 years as an Army Judge Advocate.

Kris served as an NCO in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an Army infantry officer before becoming an attorney. As an active duty Judge Advocate, Kris built a service-wide reputation for his courtroom skill and criminal law expertise and was the “go-to” trial defense counsel for high-profile and complex cases. Among those cases, he defended the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib trials and Major Nidal Hasan. Kris culminated his Army career as the first Chief of Capital Litigation for the Trial Defense Service and as a military trial judge. He has continued to be an aggressive and effective advocate for those accused of serious crimes in state, federal and military courts.

Kris graduated with distinction from the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University and is an alumnus of The Ohio State University with a BA in History. He married his high school sweetheart, Susie, and they have two children; Lucas, an Army military intelligence officer, and Katie, a graduate student in Middle Eastern studies.

Kris is committed to continuing the Richardson Firm’s tradition of excellence in state and Federal courts and also ongoing service to the military community and military law.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
    • Homicide
    • White Collar
    • Sexual Assault
    • Drug Offenses
  • Federal Court
  • Court-Marital Defense
  • Military Courts of Appeals
  • Administrative Separation
  • Officer Elimination
  • Inspector General Investigations
  • Board for Correction of Military Records
  • Memorandum of Reprimands
  • Non-Judicial Punishment Proceedings

Representative Cases

  • MSG Timothy Hennis (Fort Bragg Death Penalty Case)
  • LTC Steven Jordan (Abu Ghraib)
  • MAJ Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood Shooting)

Client Reviews

“The Richardson law firm is outstanding! From their courteous and efficient office staff to their knowledgeable lawyers. Both in accident injury and criminal disputes, we were lucky to have them represent our family. Their kindness and...”

Gloria D.

“I highly recommend this firm if you're looking for an attorney in Cumberland County. My traffic matter was handled within one week of receiving my citation. You just cannot beat that. Attorney Patrick Anstead is really good at his job and Melissa is very...


“If you are looking for an Attorney for handling Military reasons for your loved one, I Highly recommend The Richardson Law Firm. I cannot not thank Attorney Kris Poppe and staff enough for handling matters for my son. May my review show my forever...”

Elaine M.

I was facing a serious felony charge looking at 20 years. As soon as I stepped in the office, the staff were very polite and professional and took care of my case as if it was their own. I ended up walking away with a misdemeanor and a year probation. This law...

Smooth O.

This law firm is the best! Thank you Mr. Poppy & his assistant Melissa for handling my case with compassion and kindness. I could always call Melissa and Kris was there anytime I needed to see him. It was a very serious case, thank God I had someone on my side...

Penny B.

Being in need of legal representation, I contacted Mr. Matthew Richardson after he was recommended to me by a friend. Mr. Richardson and his paralegal, Ms. Codia DiTarana-Evans were pleasant to work with and did an excellent job taking care of my legal needs.

Karen B.

Matt Richardson was extremely helpful in giving legal advice. He had our best interest in mind. He was detail oriented, and made us a priority. I highly recommend his practice for all legal matters big or small.

Elizabeth T.

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