ThBefore starting his own firm, Mr. Southard was the Criminal Court Deputy Bureau Chief and prosecutor for the Kings County District Attorneyâ€™s Office. This is one of the largest and most frequented urban prosecutorâ€™s offices in the U.S., serving 2.5 million diverse individuals throughout the area. The case volume at this office is more than 100,000 per year, which is greater than the amount of cases prosecuted annually by some states.
Education Prior to working at the DAâ€™s office in 1996, Richard Southard studied at Brooklyn Law School. During his time here, he studied under Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes, how to be an aggressive trial advocate. Since that time, he has prosecuted numerous violent crimes cases.
Passion for Law Attorney Southard has supervised and trained well over 50 junior assistant DAs He has conducted NYPD recruit training programs regarding courtroom testimony He has participated in School Advocacy Programs on criminal law concepts for three local elementary schools He is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, teaching Communication Skills in the Courtroom
Starting His Own Practice Mr. Southard opened up his law office in 2003 in lower Manhattan, but has handled cases in all five boroughs, Westchester, Nassau and Albany counties. Mr. Southard believes that every case deserves his personal attention and instead of assigning work to be handled by paralegals or attorneys with minimal experience. He stays abreast of the latest criminal defense strategies bay participating in many Continuing Legal Education courses.
Accolades & Achievements 10.0 Superb Rated lawyer on Avvo Top 100 Trial Lawyers Top Contributor for Avvo in 2014 Clients' Choice Award for Criminal Defense on Avvo in 2012 A+ Rating on BBB One of the 10 Best Lawyers for 2014 by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneysâ„¢ Guest Commentator, Court TV, Fox News Channel, ABC News Now Attorney Southard has been a guest commentator on:
Catherine Crier Live Trial Hour Courtside Open Court Both Sides for Court TV, on a consistent basis Fox News Channel has invited him to appear as a legal analyst regarding well-known cases involving Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson. Additionally, ABC News Now has welcomed him as a legal analyst on their program as well.rough this position, he handled hundreds of criminal cases in a variety of practice areas and prosecuted numerous DUI cases. Before his time at the DAâ€™s office, Michael gained significant criminal defense experience working for a private law firm.