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"Rich Puts the Client's Needs First" rating

I would not be alive today if I was not for the hard work and dedication of Richard Southard. Rich is single focus from the day he took on my case was to get me the deal that I wanted. And he NEVER did anything without that goal in mind. I was in an impossible situation and thanks to Rich Southard, I avoided what could have been a very dark period in my life. Rich is warm, personable, patient, and understands what it takes in front of the judge and “behind the scene”. When you are in trouble and your life is about to take a turn for the worse there are several decisions you must make. The one choice you cannot get wrong is hiring a true professional defense lawyer. Richard Southard is the best choice you can make. Why roll the dice with a young kid or a snake oil sales person? Hire a winner who will get you the best result possible. I owe my future to him.

"Professional and Effective" rating

I was slightly bewildered when trying to choose an attorney and unsure of which to choose out of the countless that work in Manhattan. I felt very assured after my initial consultation and I wasn't let down. I was kept well informed at all times and the matter was dealt with swiftly and effectively. If I need another criminal lawyer at some point then I will use LORS again.

"Outstanding Attorney!" rating

I am extremely pleased with Richard's professional skills and knowledge or law. If it weren't for him I would be in a very unpleasant financial situation. Richard went all out of his way to help me win my DWI case I was charged with. He never stopped (almost 2 years), even in situations when I frankly thought that this case is completely hopeless. He got all of the charges dismissed and I have a fresh start because of him. I hope that there are more attorneys like Richard Southard!!! Victor N.

"Trustworthy and Reliable... AAA+" rating

I stumbled upon Richard Southard by sheer accident. I dialed the wrong number and I got the RIGHT Lawyer for my problem. He got my case dismissed and I even counter sued and won! His hard work and determination are a wonderful asset. He is reliable trustworthy and dependable I would use him again without a doubt. His AAA+ expertise is highly recommended. This man is a saint!

AVVO CLIENTS

"Absolutely Fantastic" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

I was recommended by a family member to this lawyer for a previous DWI case. Not only was he able to keep my cousins record clean, he saved mine as well. This guy is the real deal, and if you have anything DWI related, you should definitely seek him out.

"A Lawyer at its Finest!!" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Mr. Southard handled my Unlawful Possession of Marijuana case a few months ago. After the charge, I immediately called a couple of attorneys who all guaranteed the judge would absolutely grant me an ACD being this was my first offense. I felt like they were telling me exactly what I wanted to hear so decided to do more research online. I found Mr. Southard after reading all of the favorable reviews written of him. Mr. Southard lived up to every expectation. He contacted me shortly after I called and… was very professional and pleasant over the phone... From the beginning he was forthright and honest with me, explaining all of my options... My original intention was to get an ACD (which basically allows your record to be wiped clean ONLY after a year of not getting into any further trouble). Instead, my case was dismissed! If it wasn't for Mr. Southard, I would had represented myself not knowing all of my options and would had agreed to the lesser charge and paid a fine. Now it's like nothing ever happened. I'm extremely happy with how Mr. Southard handled my case and highly recommend his services if the situation arises where you need legal help/advice. Hopefully I won't need another lawyer but if I do, he is absolutely the one I would call, hands down (no pun intended!!).

"Pleased Client" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Mr. Southard handled a DUI/DWI case which had been mishandled by another attorney. He was professional, thorough and kept us informed on all the possibilities and outcomes. He responded quickly to a call for consultation, reviewed, previewed the case and agreed to handle the case. The outcome was favorable when the penalty could have been much greater. I highly recommend him and if needed would call him again.

"Knowledgeable and Responsive" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

He made perfect sense of the situation laying out all my options and the possible outcomes. I had a situation Thursday of Labor Day Weekend visiting NYC on vacation and he was the only person to call me back and schedule a meeting that Friday. Everyone else wanted me to meet them hours before my flight was schedule to depart on Tuesday or called me back hours after I met with Mr. Southard. Long story short, I received the most favorable outcome for my situation and I am very pleased. It was a blessing. Very happy I decided to seek help from Mr. Southard. God willing, I will not have to but would definitely work with him again.

rating "Shoplifting case – Very Professional!"

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Very professional - excellent communication - He managed to bring to my case the best possible outcome. He represented me-while I was in my country and I was not even forced to do any community service!!! Very good person as he understood some difficulties I was facing!! Thanks Richard for everything!!

"One of the Best" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

From the moment my family contacted him on my behalf (while I was detained) he was very helpful and immediately did everything he could to make sure I got out that same night. As the case progressed, I learned that he is a consummate and knowledgeable professional who has a great reputation amongst his peers, public officers, and courts. Most importantly, it felt like I was his only client. He worked with me personally to help ensure the best possible outcome and a successful case. He was determined to help my situation and really cared about my well-being. Least to say, I got lucky when we selected him, and now for anything in the future I know he will be my go-to guy. Thank you.

"A Very Knowledgeable Lawyer" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Richard is a very talented, knowledgeable, and helpful lawyer. He always had answers for all my questions.
I was charged with shoplifting; the very first time I faced such an unfortunate situation. I was very upset when I saw his name on Avvo and just sent a question by email. It was a weekend night. He was very responsive. He replied to me right away and answered all my questions, even though it was very late. He gave me hope and helped me though out the case.
At the end I got out of the case without being convicted. I would definitely recommend Richard Southard. He is a great person.

"I wish I could find a lawyer EXACTLY like him in Michigan!" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

I called Mr. Southard on an early Saturday morning, intending to leave a message asking for a call back the following week. To my surprise, within moments he returned my phone call! So it began, here I was having a consultation with Mr. Southard over the telephone on an early Saturday morning! THAT was my first impression, then with every minute that went by as we spoke on the telephone, he continually amazed me with all of the information he gave to me. I was so amazed at how much information he gave to me in just a short conversation. I have never had an attorney give me as much help as he did in that amount of time. He was so knowledgeable in every question I asked of him. I wish I could find an attorney EXACTLY like him in Michigan. I wonder if he would fly here...I could probably afford to fly him here coach. :) (Hint Hint)

"The Best Decision!" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

I really messed up making stupid decisions and faced criminal charges and time. My previous lawyer didn't show much interest in my case, and only gave me negative feedback with no hope. I contacted Richard C. Southard and it was the best decision. This man worked hard for me and kept me informed of all options and solutions no matter how impossible it may seem. It is because of Mr. Southard's dedication that I got a second chance to better myself in life. Almost 6 years later I have accomplished so much, and till this day I am grateful for Mr. Southard's faith and hard work in my case. I would highly recommend his services.

"Efficient and Helpful" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

From the first meeting with him, I was very reassured by his confident manner of speech and his insight regarding the case. And my first impression was right! He met the DA personally to discuss my innocence. Before the court day, we knew that my case was dismissed and it didn't go to trial.

"Outstanding Lawyer – Able to Obtain Desired Goal" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Richard Southard is an excellent lawyer. He is responsive, thorough, and accomplishes what he states he will accomplish.
Feel confident when working with Mr. Southard, as he has worked at the DA's office, and his strategies are solid.
He is realistic regarding the outcomes and possibilities and pursues the best option for you - not the easiest "out" for him.
Furthermore, his fees/rates are very fair, and he is easily reachable by phone or email at any time.
As always, prior success does not indicate future outcomes, but it was pleasant working with Mr. Southard to accomplish an outstanding resolution to the case. Highly recommend!

"I would Highly Recommend Richard Southard" rating

  • Trustworthy (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Responsive (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Knowledgeable (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent
  • Kept me informed (5.0 of 5 Stars) Excellent

Richard is very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in a way that helped me understand exactly what our plan should be, and we were able to exercise it quickly and efficiently. There is no doubt that he looked out for my best interests. He is also very responsive and always keeps on top of everything. I felt very comfortable with him and his expertise. I would absolutely trust Richard and recommend him to everyone I know.

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"Got me the best possible outcome" rating

Richard Southard is a great lawyer. I completely trusted him in representing me in my case. He is very understanding and easy to reach and explained the details of my case, as well as the possible consequences very clearly. He was able to get me the best possible outcome of the situation and I highly recommend him.

"A great lawyer" rating

Richard Southard is a great lawyer. He fully explained to me in a coherent and simple manner the case and what I should be expecting of it. He is very easy to reach, and is always readily available to answer questions, either via email or phone. I got charged with failing to have a court-ordered interlock device in my car, and he was able to knock it down to a violation, with no criminal record. I highly recommend Richard!

"One of the best decisions I have ever made" rating

I had the misfortune of getting in trouble with the law. I thought my situation was impossible. I hired Richard Southard to help and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. He actually achieved better results that I had originally thought possible, all while being extremely professional and very accessible. I hope I won't need his services in the future but I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who has been arrested.

"Honest" rating

I haven't utilized Richard's services, but I simply asked him a question via email. I got a prompt response, some advice, and was told I didn't need a lawyer. Haven't worked with him, but seems honest.