Joseph L. Richardson

Joseph Richardson

Practice Areas

Business, Corporate, and Partnership Transactions

Business Litigation

Construction Law

Employment & Labor Law

General & Civil Law

Real Estate Law

Regulatory and Administrative Law


San Bernardino, CA


(909) 381-0527



(909) 381-0658

Joseph L. Richardson is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Borton Petrini, LLP. Joseph graduated from the University of Redlands in political science, cum laude, where he was student body president, Greek Man of the Year, and received the Senior of the Year award.

He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. While at Northwestern, he participated in moot court, served as SBA class representative for two years, and took business school courses at Kellogg School of Management, including a course through which he completed research with classmates in Ghana.

Joseph practices civil litigation, including the representation of individuals and companies in labor/employment, tort, and contract matters in state and federal courts. His labor/employment practice includes class actions, PAGA, EEOC and FEHA claims, wrongful termination, whistleblower, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and employee classification issues (exempt/non-exempt; employee/independent contractor), as well as appearing before state agencies including DLSE and EDD.

His tort work includes business torts, defamation, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. He has extensive experience with all aspects of litigation, including discovery, depositions, law and motion, and alternative dispute resolution. Joseph has taken more than 20 trials (jury and bench) to verdict as first chair.

Joseph advises employers on risk management issues, including employee classification, state and federal compliance issues, and policies and procedures from hiring to termination. He drafts and negotiates contracts on behalf of his business clients, serves as general counsel for several non-profits, and has guided several churches through legal issues based on the status of their governing documents.

Earlier in his career, he was a plaintiff’s attorney specializing in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

A stand-up comedian in college, Joseph is a frequent keynote speaker, media contributor, and seminar panel participant and moderator. He presents to employers on the legal and ethical responsibilities of individuals and companies, as well as sexual harassment training; to student leaders (including greek members and athletes) in college/university environments on legal ramifications of campus conduct; and in community settings on how the law imitates life.

He has also taught California Civil Procedure and Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of LaVerne College of Law. Joe is an active community member who serves on several local boards including the Garner Holt Foundation and Family Service Association of Redlands, and is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Redlands.

Joseph is admitted to practice before all California courts and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He is peer review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the San Bernardino County Bar Association.

Lectures & Seminars:

“Employment Law 2014 Comprehensive Guide,” Attorney Faculty for National Business Institute All-Day Seminar, San Bernardino, CA, September 2014
Adjunct Professor, California Civil Procedure and Trial Advocacy, University of La Verne College of Law, Summer 2015-Spring 2020
“Love, Leadership, and Legal Responsibility,” Cal State Bakersfield, October 2017, October 2018
“Sprains, Strains and Fractures: Greeks and the Law,” UCLA, December 2017
“Rules Surrounding Employee Accommodations for Cancer Patients,” Oncology Social Worker Symposium, University of California Riverside, February 2018, February 2019
“Sprains, Strains and Fractures: Athletes and the Law,” Cal State University Fullerton, November 2018
“Dramatic Irony: Legal Rights and Ethical Leadership,” AFLV West Conference, San Diego, April 2019
“Life as a Courtroom,” Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, August 2019

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University of Redlands, B.A., 1989–1993

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1993–1996


State Bar of California, 2001

U.S. District Court, Central District, 2001

Business and Professional Associations

San Bernardino County Bar Association

Business Networking International (BNI), Business Executive Chapter, 2017–Present