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Amy E. Richardson
Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
1033 Wade Ave Ste 100
Raleigh, NC 27605
Member Bio
Amy Richardson is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Ms. Richardson practices in Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina. She focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance, government enforcement actions and complex civil litigation.

Government Enforcement Actions. Ms. Richardson has successfully represented companies before federal and state regulatory agencies and Offices of Inspector General in enforcement and regulatory investigations involving the Universal Service Fund, unbundled network elements, special access, number porting and the Freedom of Information Act. Ms. Richardson also has experience helping companies navigate claims arising out of the False Claims Act.

White Collar Criminal Defense. Ms. Richardson’s extensive white-collar criminal defense experience includes preparing and counseling clients for grand jury appearances, successfully negotiating immunity agreements, participating in debriefings with prosecutors, and trial work. Her representations have covered issues ranging from the complex loan-securitization process to alleged Procurement Act fraud. Her clients have included private companies, corporate executives, employees, and former government officials. Ms. Richardson represented one of the defendants in U.S. v. Price, Zaborsky & Ward, a high-profile obstruction of justice case in the District of Columbia Superior Court. At the conclusion of the two-month trial, the defendant was found not guilty.

Regulatory Compliance and Internal Investigations. Ms. Richardson assists clients in identifying, complying and discovering noncompliance with complex and evolving federal regulatory requirements. Ms. Richardson has counseled corporations in the areas of whistleblower reporting, universal service, identity theft, online payment systems, and state and federal privacy regulation.

Complex Civil Litigation. Ms. Richardson has represented clients on a variety of issues in state and federal court proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels and in arbitration. She has experience with multidistrict litigations. Ms. Richardson has been involved in all aspects of such complex proceedings, including direct and cross trial examinations, drafting and arguing briefs and pleadings and taking and defending depositions. Her recent cases involved a departing employee dispute, civil forfeiture, intercarrier compensation and enforcement of covenants not to compete. Ms. Richardson was also a member of the litigation team in the matter of Hatfill v. John Ashcroft. The team obtained one of the largest Privacy Act settlements in history and Dr. Hatfill’s full exoneration.

Ms. Richardson graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2002, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, as the Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board, and received The Advocacy Award for her graduating class from the law school faculty. Ms. Richardson graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina in 1998. Ms. Richardson served as a law clerk for the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Ms. Richardson was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked among Business North Carolina magazine’s 2015 and 2016 “Legal Elite.” She serves on the Wake County Commission for Women and Wake County Council for Fitness and Health. Ms. Richardson is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Defense Research Institute and Raleigh Civitan Club.
Firm Information
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is a boutique law firm with a simple yet ambitious purpose: To provide our clients with the best representation available at any price, and do it without either the wasteful overhead or the unrealistic billable hours requirements typical of our larger competitors. Since 1998, our distinctive blend of professionalism and parsimony has earned us a national reputation for excellence in communications and information technology regulation, civil and criminal trial litigation, appellate work, and international trade and national security matters.

Our History

In 1998, our firm opened its doors with a handful of lawyers doing superlative work for leading-edge communications and technology clients. Having spent many years in excellent firms that declined as they grew larger, the lawyers of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis deliberately set out to run their firm differently. While the big firms were busy merging and hiring business consultants, we focused on our clients rather than our profits—and in the process, we quietly established ourselves as one of the nation's premier communications and information technology law firms.

After gaining prominence in the field of communications regulation, we steadily entered other practice areas in which we saw the same potential for excellence. Our criminal defense practice is extensive and aggressive, and our trial litigation group handles civil matters from investigation and fact gathering through trial. The attorneys in our Supreme Court and appellate practice have argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, and routinely handle major appeals before federal and state appellate courts. Our legislative practice includes attorneys who have worked for Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and have served as senior officials in the executive branch and at the FCC. Our international trade, investment, and national security practice has achieved many firsts in matters involving regulation of foreign investment, transactions with foreign-policy and national-security components, and technology exports.

A Few Words About Fees

Every client, no matter how prosperous, wants to minimize the cost of legal representation without settling for second best. By eschewing the traditional high-leverage, high-billable-hour model characteristic of large firms, we find that we can offer our clients first-rate legal representation at rates that are significantly lower than most of our closest competitors. In addition, our fees cover all usual incidental expenses, such as legal research, photocopying, and local transportation costs, so you won't have to hire a consultant to understand our bills. And if you're trying to leave the billable hour behind, we are agile enough to be extremely flexible about alternative billing arrangements, such as flat fees, monthly retainers, and blended rates.

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Practice Areas
Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance
DRI Committees
Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance
Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics
Women in the Law

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