Richardson and fifteen other outstanding young lawyers from around the state were selected from a very strong field of applicants for the Leadership Academy’s eighth class. The NCBA is partnering with Joy Ruhmann and Level Up Leadership for the training at this year’s academy, which will run five sessions between early March and mid-June.
According to the NCBA, the mission of the Leadership Academy “is to help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities, whether their communities be the legal profession, their firms, legal departments and any other organizations with which they are associated, or their local, state, national or even international communities, or any other environments where lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.”
The Leadership Academy provides an intensely interactive and participatory leadership training program. Roberta King Latham, former chair of the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division, and Shelby Benton, Past-President of the NCBA, currently co-chair the organization’s Leadership Academy initiative.
Keith Richardson joined the Forrest Firm’s Raleigh office in January of 2018. He spent the last six years at a large regional law firm representing large national insurance carriers and employers in workers’ compensation litigation.
As part of the Forrest Firm’s litigation practice, Mr. Richardson represents clients in commercial and business litigation, including disputes regarding contracts, business, employment, real estate and other areas of risk management. Mr. Richardson represents clients at every stage of the dispute resolution process, from pre-trial negotiations to trials and appeals.
Keith Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Political Science in 2006 from Appalachian State University in Boone. In 2009, he earned his juris doctor degree from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During law school, Mr. Richardson served as the Chairman of Regent’s nationally-ranked Moot Court Board. Following his first year of law school, he worked as a judicial extern for Federal Magistrate Judge Wallace Dixon in the Middle District of North Carolina. During his second year of law school, he worked for Federal District Court Judge Walter Kelley in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Mr. Richardson is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association.