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 served the people of Cumberland County for eleven years 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

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

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

Bar Associations

  • 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

    Member Since: 1980 - current

  • YMCA, Board of Directors

    Member Since: 1997 - 2004

  • YMCA, President

    Member Since: 2002 - 2003

  • Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Government Committee for Chamber of Commerce

    Member Since: 2000

  • UNC Wilmington, Board of Visitors

    Member Since: 1999 - 2002

  • UNC Chapel Hill, Board of Visitors

    Member Since: 1997 - 1999

  • Education Foundation of Cumberland County, President

    Member Since: 1990 - 1991

  • Democratic Men’s Club, President
  • Myrover-Reese, Board of Directors

    Member Since: 1985 - 1996

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Member

    Member Since: 1980 - 2000

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Chair, Stewardship Committee (7 times)
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Vestry Committee

    Member Since: 1984 - 1992

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rector Search Committee

    Member Since: 1985

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rector Search Committee

    Member Since: 1992

  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Member

    Member Since: 2000 - current

  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Co-Chair Stewardship 2007 & 2012


  • 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

Client Reviews

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Gloria D.

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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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