Joel A. Richardson

Joel Richardson

Tel:   303.831.5990
Fax:  303.832.7144
Direct Dial: 303.645.4417
jrichardson@cla-law.net

Joel Richardson has been practicing civil litigation for over twelve years.  Originally from Kansas, Joel moved with his family to Colorado as a teenager, graduating from Lakewood High School.  Joel went on to attend the University of Colorado at Denver, where he made the Dean’s list and was awarded the Regents Scholarship each semester.  Joel graduated summa cum laude in 2000 with a B.A. in English, emphasis in writing.  Joel and his wife, Kelly, moved to San Francisco after both graduating from UCD to pursue their post-graduate degrees. While in San Francisco, Joel worked for over four years as a law clerk at the employment litigation firm, The Law Offices of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto and Angela Alioto, learning about litigation hands-on, from procedure, to motion practice to eventually performing legal research and drafting legal memoranda, under the supervision of the firm’s attorneys.   While working days at the Alioto Law Firm, Joel attended evening classes at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship.  Joel was an assistant editor of the school’s Maritime Law Journal and graduated in the top 20% of his class in 2005.  While continuing to work and attending the University of San Francisco, during the third year of law school, Joel and his wife also welcomed their first child, a son.

Upon graduation, Joel and his wife returned with their young son to join their families and raise their own family in Colorado.   Upon completion of the July 2005 bar exam, Joel joined The Ross-Shannon Law Firm as a clerk, and then worked for nine years as an associate attorney upon receipt of his successful bar exam results and swearing in, October 2005.

Joel’s practice focuses on the defense of all manner of commercial, construction, insurance, and personal injury cases.  He has successfully handled hundreds of cases , from pre-litigation investigation and negotiations, to pleadings and motions practice, discovery and depositions, on through District Court trials and appeals in Colorado State and Federal Courts. Through the years, Joel has garnered the respect and good will of the legal community, including attorneys whom he routinely opposes.

In his leisure time, Joel enjoys spending time with his family; he and his wife welcomed a daughter in 2007.   His children attend local public schools and engage in numerous sports, with Joel’s proud support and participation.  He and his family also enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, including hiking, camping, skiing and cycling.   Joel is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, as well as the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association.

Admissions
State of Colorado, 2005
Federal District Court for the State of Colorado

Education
University of Colorado at Denver, cum laude, 2000
University of San Francisco School of Law,

Professional Affiliations
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Trial: Eagle Valley and GCube Insurance v. Wellons, Inc., U.S. Dist. Ct., Colorado, May 2017