Scott N. Richardson

Scott N. Richardson

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Assault & Battery
  • Drug Offenses

Biography

Scott Richardson has over 40 years experience representing individuals charged with or being investigated for the commission of criminal offenses. He has handled many high profile cases which have received national attention. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier trial lawyers organization in the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is limited to one per cent of the lawyers in any individual state, and is offered only to those who have been thoroughly investigated and found to have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality. In addition, Mr. Richardson has maintained the preeminent AV rating from Martindale Hubbell each year since 1993. He has taught courses in criminal law to students in Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. He served from 2012 to 2017 on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, which administers the Florida Bar Exam and investigates the character and fitness of all applicants to the Florida Bar. From 2016 to 2017, he served as Chair of the Board.

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Juris Doctor - 1978
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for 25 consecutive years
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Community Service Award, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1990
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Family Advocacy Award, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2001
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016
  • Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense: White Collar West Palm Beach for 2019” by Best Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2017 - 2020

Classes & Seminars

  • Gerald Bennett Prosecutor/ Public Defender Trial Training Program of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, Member of the Faculty, 1993 to 2016
  • Visiting Prof -Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Center for Int'l Legal Studies, 2006 to 2009

Published Works

  • Siberian Justice, FACDL

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Florida Bar, 1996 - Present

Professional Associations

  • Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions 2004-2009 and 2014-2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
  • Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2010 to Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2016 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Sole Practitioner

Past Positions

  • Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, Assistant State Attorney, 1978 to 1981
  • Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, Chief Assistant State Attorney, 2010 to 2012
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 2012 to 2017
Representative Clients
  • Obtained an acquittal at trial for defending a woman charged with the murder of her husband using a “Battered Spouse” defense
  • Obtained an acquittal at trial for defending a police officer charged with murder in the death of a detainee
  • Successfully defended a deputy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a motorist who was in the process of assaulting the deputy
  • Successfully defended a jail guard charged with manslaughter in the death of an inmate