William Richards Jr
William (Bill) Richards, Jr.
Mr. Richards has a track record of distinguished academic accomplishments and complex civil litigation experience acquired through working for a number of San Diego law firms.
After earning his B.S. in Business Administration (Management) from San Diego State University, Mr. Richards graduated magna cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, ranking in the top 9% of his graduating class (#20 of 214 graduates) and making either the Honor Roll or Distinguished Honor Roll list every semester.
While attending law school, Mr. Richards was also named a Jefferson Fellow and received the highest grade in his Civil Procedure II and Jurisprudence courses, earning him the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and Jefferson Medal for both courses. To further hone his complex legal research and writing skills, Mr. Richards served as an editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review after writing a Student Note titled: “Fool Me Once: The Inherent Unconstitutionality of Compelling DNA Abandonment Through Deceit“, exploring the Fourth Amendment implications of state-sanctioned warrantless DNA collection by employing deceit to induce DNA “abandonment.” Mr. Richards was also elected to the Student Bar Association and its Community Events Committee; served as a Teaching Assistant for a Federal Rules of Evidence course for three consecutive semesters; interned for the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender; and attended Pepperdine University School of Law for a winter intersession program to enhance his proficiency in Negotiation Theory and Practice.
After law school, Mr. Richards focused on specializing in employment/labor law and consumer protection civil litigation. In particular, he has managed and prosecuted a multitude of class action employment law cases involving, among others, claims relating to unpaid wages and overtime, denied meal and rest periods, misclassification, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation/termination, discrimination, and much more. He has also prosecuted numerous consumer protection class actions, including complex multi-district class action litigation involving false advertising and unfair competition claims against national market leaders. Mr. Richards further has significant experience in human resource management, and has drafted and implemented several companies’ employment agreements, employee handbooks, and other employment-related policies and procedures. He has also previously served as the Employment and Labor Law Compliance Officer for a San Diego law firm, where he was responsible for ensuring complete compliance with all federal, state, and local employment/labor law regulations. Notably, Mr. Richards has drafted preliminary and final approval motions that resulted in settlements worth tens of millions of dollars, and attorneys’ fee awards in the hundreds of thousands. Moreover, Mr. Richards has appeared before numerous federal and state courts at countless hearings involving a wide array of complex substantive and procedural matters. Specifically, he has argued before U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California, Eastern District of New York, and District of Massachusetts, as well as the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel), Washington Court of Appeals (Commissioner), and multiple California Superior Courts (i.e., San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, etc.). As an attorney with the Watkins Firm, APC, Mr. Richards currently focuses his practice mainly on representing employers and employees in employment/labor law disputes and transactional matters, as well as various other areas of civil litigation.
Areas of Practice
- Employment & Labor
- Business Law
- Consumer Protection Litigation
- Unfair Competition
- Civil Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Real Estate Disputes
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
- J.D. – 2013
- San Diego State University, San Diego, California
- B.S. Business Administration (Mgmt.) – 2009
- State Bar of California, 2014
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2015
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2015
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2015