Richard C. Southard, Esq.
Former Undefeated Prosecutor with Excellent Trial Record
Before starting his own firm, Mr. Southard was the
Criminal Court Deputy Bureau Chief and prosecutor for the Kings County
District Attorney’s Office. This is one of the largest and most frequented urban prosecutor’s
offices in the U.S., serving 2.5 million diverse individuals throughout
the area. The case volume at this office is more than 100,000 per year,
which is greater than the amount of cases prosecuted annually by some states.
Prior to working at the DA’s office in 1996, Richard Southard studied
at Brooklyn Law School. During his time here, he studied under Brooklyn
District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes, how to be an aggressive trial advocate.
Since that time, he has prosecuted numerous violent crimes cases.
Passion for Law
Attorney Southard has
supervised and trained well over 50 junior assistant DAs
conducted NYPD recruit training programs regarding courtroom testimony
participated in School Advocacy Programs on criminal law concepts for three local elementary schools
He is currently an
adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, teaching Communication Skills in the Courtroom
Starting His Own Practice
Mr. Southard opened up his law office in 2003 in lower Manhattan, but has
handled cases in all five boroughs, Westchester, Nassau and Albany counties. Mr. Southard believes that every case deserves his personal attention
and instead of assigning work to be handled by paralegals or attorneys
with minimal experience. He stays abreast of the latest criminal defense
strategies bay participating in many Continuing Legal Education courses.
Accolades & Achievements
10.0 Superb Rated lawyer on Avvo
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Top Contributor for Avvo in 2014
Clients' Choice Award for Criminal Defense on Avvo in 2012
- A+ Rating on BBB
One of the
10 Best Lawyers for 2014 by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys™
Guest Commentator, Court TV, Fox News Channel, ABC News Now
Attorney Southard has been a guest commentator on:
- Catherine Crier Live
- Trial Hour
- Open Court
- Both Sides for Court TV, on a consistent basis
Fox News Channel has invited him to appear as a legal analyst regarding well-known cases
involving Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson.
ABC News Now has welcomed him as a legal analyst on their program as well.
To stay up to date with the latest from Attorney Southard, you can follow
his legal blog
here where you can submit legal questions and expect answers.