Richardson, Amy E.

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Address: 1919 M Street N.W. 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Lawyer Firm: Harris Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP
Phone: 202-730-1300
Fax: 202-730-1301

Areas of Practice Trial Litigation, Internal Investigations, Government Investigations, Audits and Enforcement

Amy Richardson is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance, government enforcement actions and complex civil litigation.

Government Enforcement Actions. Ms. 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. Ms. Richardson also has experience helping companies navigate claims arising out of the False Claims Act.

White Collar Criminal Defense. Ms. 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. Ms. 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. Ms. Richardson assists clients in identifying, complying and discovering noncompliance with complex and evolving federal regulatory requirements. Ms. 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. Ms. 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 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. Ms. 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.

Ms. 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. Ms. Richardson graduatedsumma cum laude from the University of North Carolina in 1998. Ms. 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.

Ms. Richardson is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Defense Research Institute and Raleigh Civitan Club. She was named a "Rising Star" by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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