Experienced, Fair and Committed to Justice.
Monique Richardson is dedicated to the vital legal principle that all people—regardless of their station in life—should be treated the same before the law.
During her legal career, Ms. Richardson has worked with the State Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender and as the managing attorney for the Tallahassee branch office of Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (LSNF) for eight years. Her career has been centered on providing high-quality legal representation to clients who otherwise would not have had such access.
Prior to managing the Tallahassee office, Attorney Richardson managed LSNF's Quincy office. Her work at LSNF not only included her managerial duties; she also handled a large caseload, including representing elderly clients in various types of cases including housing, consumer and probate matters. She also represented victims of domestic and sexual violence in family law cases, including injunctions and divorces. And Ms. Richardson was regularly appointed by the Court to represent disabled adults in guardianships and abused or neglected adults in Adult Protective Services cases.
Prior to her positions at LSNF, Ms. Richardson was a solo practitioner, representing clients in criminal, family and wrongful death cases. For several years, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, encompassing Pinellas and Pasco counties. She gained significant trial experience as an Assistant Public Defender, representing clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency matters. Ms. Richardson is now the General Counsel for the Eleventh Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, encompassing the State of Florida.
Beyond her demanding work schedule Ms. Richardson is a frequent lecturer and participant in community forums focused on her special personal interests: providing legal assistance to veterans and seniors and ameliorating domestic and sexual violence.
Ms. Richardson has served as Chair of the Gadsden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, and she volunteers at the North Florida Veterans Stand Down. She was selected to be a member of the Florida Bar's Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, and served as Chair one of its subcommittees. She has been a featured speaker for the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, Grandparents as Parents, Elder Abuse and Fraud Prevention Summit, Black Women's Agenda, the Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry program and the Great American Teach-In in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
A member of the Leon County community for more than 30 years, Ms. Richardson was raised in Tallahassee by A.M.E. Bishop A.J. and Mrs. Connie Richardson, a certified nurse practitioner. She has a younger brother who also resides in Tallahassee. She matriculated through the Leon County public school system. She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration at Florida A&M University. Until her senior year in college, she worked as a Teachers' Aide at Pineview Elementary School. She went on to graduate with her law degree from the University of Florida.
Her travels outside of the United States have taken her to eleven countries; she has also made trips to Hawaii and Alaska. Other than traveling, she enjoys playing piano and watching black-and-white movies, primarily Alfred Hitchcock films. She has also been a foster caregiver to several kittens sheltered at the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center.