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Scott N. Richardson - West Palm Beach, FL

1401 Forum WaySuite 720 West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Updated: 09/09/2019

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer


Scott Richardson has over 40 years experience representing individuals charged with or being investigated for the commission of criminal offenses. He has handled many high profile cases which have received national attention. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier trial lawyers organization in the United States and Canada...

About Scott N. Richardson

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Assault & Battery
  • Drug Offenses


  • 100%

Representative Clients

  • Obtained an acquittal at trial for defending a woman charged with the murder of her husband using a “Battered Spouse” defense
  • Obtained an acquittal at trial for defending a police officer charged with murder in the death of a detainee
  • Successfully defended a deputy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a motorist who was in the process of assaulting the deputy
  • Successfully defended a jail guard charged with manslaughter in the death of an inmate


Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Florida Bar, 1996 - Present

Other Affiliations

  • Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions 2004-2009 and 2014-2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association (Member)
  • Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010 - Present (Fellow)
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016 - Present (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Gerald Bennett Prosecutor/ Public Defender Trial Training Program of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, Member of the Faculty, 1993 - 2016
  • Visiting Prof -Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Center for Int'l Legal Studies, 2006 - 2009

Past Positions

  • Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, Assistant State Attorney, 1978 - 1981
  • Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, Chief Assistant State Attorney, 2010 - 2012
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 2012 - 2017


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1978
    Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, 1975
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Political Science


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Siberian Justice, FACDL

Office Information


1401 Forum WaySuite 720 West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Office Hours

Weekdays: 9am to 5pm


Other Sources of Feedback About Scott N. Richardson

Included on the 2023 Florida list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Scott N. Richardson on Super Lawyers


  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for 25 consecutive years
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Community Service Award, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1990
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Family Advocacy Award, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2001
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016
  • Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense: White Collar West Palm Beach for 2019” by Best Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2017 - 2020

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