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Anne K. Richardson

Anne K. Richardson

Pasadena, California

Ms. Richardson is a partner at Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, a private plaintiffs' side law firm located in Pasadena. Ms. Richardson specializes in all aspects of complex employment and civil rights cases, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, privacy and other constitutional rights, consumer class actions, and international human rights law.   She represents government and private industry whistleblowers and individuals who have faced discrimination on the basis of religion.  Both a seasoned trial and appellate attorney, she has represented plaintiffs in race, sex, and sexual orientation discrimination and harassment cases for over twenty years.

Ms. Richardson was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California by SuperLawyers in 2014, and is regularly named one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in Southern California.  She has been named a SuperLawyer every year since 2004, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, and is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She was honored as a California Attorney Lawyer of the Year for her work on the Doe v. Unocal case involving international human rights, and received the Pro Bono Award from the ACLU of Southern California in 2006.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola and Whittier Law Schools, and is a frequent presenter on topics relating to plaintiffs' side employment and civil rights law.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Employment Discrimination
  • 20% Whistleblower Retaliation
  • 10% Privacy and Constitutional Violations
  • 10% Consumer Class Actions
  • 10% International Human Rights Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008


  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1989
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Law Review: Stan. L. Rev., 1988 - 1989
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Published Works

  • "Opposing Employment Discrimination", NLG Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, Chapter 15
  • "The Graying of America", 26 West Los Angeles Law Review 189 (1995), 26, 1995


  • Civil Rights Litigation, Loyola Law School, 1996 - 2004
  • Appellate Advocacy, Loyola Law School, 1994 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2011-2014
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2006
  • Super Lawyer, 2004 to the present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh & Smith, 2003 to the present
  • Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014
  • NLG Award, 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • ACLU Pro Bono Award, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America, 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, Member, 1998 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2012 - Present
  • ACLU of Southern California, Board Member, 2000 - Present
  • California Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • National Lawyers' Guild, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers' Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer, US Dist. Court Judge, Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990
  • Litt & Stormer, Public Interest Fellow, 1990 - 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACLU of Southern California, 2000 - Present
  • Representing Obaidullah, an Afghan detainee held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002


  • Spanish
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