Judge Anne Kendrick Richardson received her B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College in 1984 and her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1989. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer in the Central District of California and then passed the California bar in 1990. She was then a public interest fellow at Litt & Stormer until 1993 when she became an associate (Hadsell & Stormer) and then a partner in 1998 (Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick). During this time, she was also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles teaching Section 1983 civil rights litigation and appellate advocacy. Since then, she has also taught as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law. In 2014, she joined Public Counsel where she was the director of the Consumer Law Project and associate director of Opportunity Under Law. She has been a board member of the ACLU of Southern California, and a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and National Lawyers Guild. She was appointed to the bench in 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.


A Historian’s Call to Arms – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2018

Government Policies That Created Our Segregated Cities, and What Can Be Done About It – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2017

Inheriting Injustice and Perpetuating Impunity: What You Didn’t Know About Guantánamo – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2016

The buck starts here: Living wages and sustainable employment – CELA Voice – 2015

What Can “Go Set a Watchman” Teach Us That “To Kill a Mockingbird” Cannot? – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2015

That Fine Line Between Hero and Traitor: What Can We Learn from the Snowden Disclosures? – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2015

Guantánamo Diary: Random American Justice – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2015

The Bear Truth (How an Individual Right to Bear Arms Emerged from the Desire for a Well Regulated Militia) – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2014

Justice “Lite”: What Everyone Should Know about the Military Commissions – Los Angeles Review of Books – 2013

Chapter 28 on Evidence in Age Discrimination in Employment edited by Lindemann, Grossman, and Kadue

"Opposing Employment Discrimination," Chapter 15 of the NLG Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law (Clark Boardman Callaghan)

Co-author with Nancy Bornn, Chapter 21 of Sexual Harassment in Employment Law (1997 Supplement), edited by Lindemann and Kadue

"Absolutely Exhausted” – Los Angeles Lawyer, 9/95


2017 Attorney of the Year – California Lawyer

2014 Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California – Super Lawyers

Top 50 Women Litigators in Southern California

2012 honoree – National Lawyers Guild

2006 Pro Bono Advocacy Award – ACLU of Southern California

2006 Attorney of the Year – California Lawyer


Brown Bag Lunch Lectures: Q&A with Anne K. Richardson on Private Civil Rights Litigation – ACLU of Southern California – 2013


Los Angeles Superior Court – Courtroom Rules

The Robing Room – Hon. Anne K Richardson

Anne Richardson – Ballotpedia

Anne Richardson – LinkedIn

Appointees to Los Angeles Superior Court Include Three Who Gained Election in June Primary – Metropolitan News-Enterprise