Monique R. Richardson has been an attorney for more than 17 years and has dedicated the majority of her legal career to representing low income clients. She now serves as the General Counsel for the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Prior to that position, she served as the managing attorney for the Tallahassee branch office of Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. Her work at LSNF not only included her managerial duties, she also handled a large caseload. She represented 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. She frequently conducted outreach to the local senior centers and senior housing facilities, as well as the Refuge House and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. Ms. Richardson was regularly appointed by the Court to represent disabled adults in guardianships and abused or neglected adults in Adult Protective Services cases.
As a solo practitioner, Ms. Richardson represented clients in criminal, family and wrongful death cases. For several years, she also 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.
Her available time beyond a demanding work schedule is devoted to making lecture presentations, and being present in community forums focused on special personal interests, such as ameliorating domestic and sexual violence, providing pro bono legal assistance to veterans and seniors. Ms. Richardson has served as Chair of the Gadsden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, and volunteers with the North Florida Veterans Stand Down the Tallahassee Veterans Legal Collaborative. She has also made presentations for the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Grandparents as Parents, Black Women’s Agenda, the Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry program, and the Great American Teach-In in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
Ms. Richardson was raised in Tallahassee by Bishop A.J. and Mrs. Connie Richardson. She has a younger brother, who also resides in Tallahassee. She matriculated through the Leon County public school system and 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 thirteen countries; she has also made trips to Hawaii and Alaska. Other than traveling, she enjoys playing piano and watching classic movies, primarily Alfred Hitchcock films. She has also been a foster caregiver to several kittens sheltered at the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center.