Anne Richardson

Anne Richardson is the directing attorney of Public Counsel's Consumer Law Project and associate director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law.

Richardson joined Public Counsel from Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick based in Pasadena, California, where she was a partner specializing in complex employment and civil rights cases including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, whistleblowers, privacy and other constitutional rights, consumer class actions, and international human rights law.  A seasoned trial and appellate attorney, she has represented consumers for over twenty years. 

Richardson has earned a reputation as a preeminent civil rights practitioner over her 26 years as an attorney. Richardson has received national attention for impact cases involving low income residents of Los Angeles (Housing Works v. County of Los Angeles), student loans (Terrell v. University Accounting Service), wage and hour class actions (United Steel v. ConocoPhillips), whistleblower claims under Section 1983 (Blair v. City of Pomona) and international human rights law (Doe v. Unocal). She has twice been named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, once in 2017 for her work as co-lead counsel in Rodriguez v. City of Los Angeles in which she challenged unconstitutional curfew provisions in gang injunctions, and previously in 2006 for her work in Doe v. Unocal  where she was part of a team that sued on behalf of 13 villagers for wrongful death, rape, and forced labor during the building of a gas pipeline in Myanmar. Beginning in 2008 she represented Obaidullah, an Afghan detainee at Guantanamo Bay, who was finally cleared and released in 2016 (Obaydullah v. Obama). 

Over her career Richardson has been recognized numerous times as a leading attorney. She was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers in 2014, and is regularly named one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in Southern California, has been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2004, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. 

In addition to her work inside the courtroom, Richardson has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola and Whittier Law Schools. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction.  She clerked for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.