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Amy E. Richardson


Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., Duke

Amy Richardson is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Professor Richardson practices in Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina....

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Amy Richardson is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Professor Richardson practices in Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina. She focuses on white collar criminal defense, legal ethics, government enforcement actions and complex civil litigation. Professor Richardson represents lawyers and law firms in disqualification, disciplinary investigations and prosecutions. Professor Richardson’s disciplinary experience includes matters before the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) as well as state bars.

Government Enforcement Actions. Professor Richardson has successfully represented companies before federal and state regulatory agencies and Offices of Inspector General in enforcement and regulatory investigations involving the Universal Service Fund, unbundled network elements, special access, number porting and the Freedom of Information Act. Professor Richardson also has experience helping companies navigate claims arising out of the False Claims Act.

White Collar Criminal Defense. Professor Richardson’s extensive white-collar criminal defense experience includes preparing and counseling clients for grand jury appearances, successfully negotiating immunity agreements, participating in debriefings with prosecutors, and trial work. Her representations have covered issues ranging from the complex loan-securitization process to alleged Procurement Act fraud. Her clients have included private companies, corporate executives, employees, and former government officials. Professor Richardson represented one of the defendants in U.S. v. Price, Zaborsky & Ward, a high-profile obstruction of justice case in the District of Columbia Superior Court. At the conclusion of the two-month trial, the defendant was found not guilty.

Regulatory Compliance and Internal Investigations. Professor Richardson assists clients in identifying, complying and discovering noncompliance with complex and evolving federal regulatory requirements. Professor Richardson has counseled corporations in the areas of whistleblower reporting, universal service, identity theft, online payment systems, and state and federal privacy regulation.

Complex Civil Litigation. Professor Richardson has represented clients on a variety of issues in state and federal court proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels and in arbitration. She has experience with multidistrict litigations. Professor Richardson has been involved in all aspects of such complex proceedings, including direct and cross trial examinations, drafting and arguing briefs and pleadings and taking and defending depositions. Her recent cases involved a departing employee dispute, civil forfeiture, intercarrier compensation and enforcement of covenants not to compete. Professor Richardson was also a member of the litigation team in the matter of Hatfill v. John Ashcroft. The team obtained one of the largest Privacy Act settlements in history and Dr. Hatfill’s full exoneration.

Professor Richardson graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2002, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, as the Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board, and received The Advocacy Award for her graduating class from the law school faculty. Professor Richardson graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina in 1998. Professor Richardson served as a law clerk for the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Professor Richardson was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked among Business North Carolina magazine’s 2015 “Legal Elite.”

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