James H. Richardson

James H. Richardson

Founding Partner
Huntsville, Alabama

James H. Richardson, a founding partner in Richardson Maples, PC, is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He is a fifth generation lawyer, the son of a former Alabama State Bar president, the grandson and brother of judges serving Madison County, Alabama. He received his undergraduate education at Davidson College (B.A. 1975) and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law (J.D. 1978), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. A former Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Foy Guin, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama (1978-79), Mr.  Richardson was admitted to practice in the State of Alabama in 1978, and has since  been admitted to practice in the U. S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, the U. S. Claims Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Richardson has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, and  is a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Alabama Association for Justice (formerly the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association), and is a former member of the Defense Research Institute and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

Mr. Richardson's practice has always involved civil litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and businesses, both domestic and foreign. Over the years, he has been engaged in a broad spectrum of cases, with a primary emphasis on insurance related matters, such as liability claims of all types, ,  coverage disputes, bad faith and fraud, handling hundreds of cases for the insurance industry. Frustrated with the hostile manner in which his former clients treated accident victims, policyholders, and their lawyers alike, Mr. Richardson chose to limit his practice to the representation of victims of accidents and insurance company abuse. Mr. Richardson finds great professional gratification in the opportunity to bring his experience to bear on behalf of the injured and to protect the unknowing from the predatory practices of today's insurance industry.

Mr. Richardson and his wife Nancy are the proud parents of two sons. Their older son Ben is a 2016 honors graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and is serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable W. Keith Watkins, Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Their younger son Will, a student at Vanderbilt University, is also contemplating law school. Jim and Nancy are members of First United Methodist Church and have been active in a variety of community boards in the Huntsville area.


Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation, Plaintiff and Defendant
  • Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Antitrust
  • Trade Secrets
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • International Tort and Contract Claims
  • Product Liability
  • Bad Faith Claims
  • Fire and Arson Cases
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Environmental Claims
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA Claims
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Wrongful Discharge Claims
  • Franchising
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Hugo Black Scholar
    • Law Journal: Journal of the Legal Profession, Member, Board of Editors, 1976 - 1978
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "Unconscionable Litigation and the Attorney", 3 Journal of the Legal Profession 153, 1978

Representative Clients

  • Aesculap AG
  • Allianz Insurance Companies
  • BMW of North America, Inc
  • Dana Corporation
  • Gerling Insurance Companies
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • 3M Corporation
  • Mayflower Transit, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Steelcase Inc.


  • J. Alan Thompson, President; Off The Grill Franchising, Inc.
  • Thomas R. Stinson, Director of Human Resources; Wyle Laboratories, Inc.


  • Frequent Lecturer, Various Topics Including Worker's Compensation and Wrongful Discharge Claims

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on Franchising
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member
  • Alabama State Bar, Sections of Litigation and Employment Law, Member
  • Alabama State Bar, Member, Task Force on Pro Hac Vice Admissions
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • State Courts, Appointed Mediator
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Member, Panel of Neutrals
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Mediator

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Hon. J. Foy Guin, Jr., District Judge, Law Clerk, 1978 - 1979
  • State of Alabama, Special Assistant Attorney General, 1987