Honors & Recognitions

"Top 5 Under 35" Award, Ingham County Bar Association, 2012

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2012-2015


Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 2007

Michigan State University, B.A., 2004

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court

Joshua K. Richardson
T: 517.371.8303
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Joshua K. Richardson

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T: 517.371.8303
F: 517.371.8200

Josh Richardson is a shareholder with  Foster Swift.  He is a member of the General Litigation Practice Group, where his highly respected research, writing and courtroom skills have been utilized on a wide range of general and commercial litigation matters.  He has successfully represented numerous businesses in the following practice areas:

  • Employment Litigation: noncompetition agreements; wrongful discharge; Title VII, Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Whistleblowers' Protection Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act claims; collective bargaining disputes; claims before the EEOC and Civil Rights Department.
  • General Litigation: municipal law; governmental immunity; premises liability; civil rights litigation; zoning, land use and real property litigation; and appellate practice.
  • Commercial Litigation: contract disputes; real property; oil and gas; telecommunications; insurance regulatory defense; construction law; e-commerce disputes.
  • Information Technology Law: Electronic discovery and privacy matters; intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and noncompetition agreements; licensing and contract disputes.

In addition to his legal practice, Josh also devotes his time to various professional and community organizations. He is a current board member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, a Barrister member of the American Inns of Court and is active in the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Association. Josh also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in the defense of former President and CEO of regional bank from shareholder derivative claims seeking damages in excess of $90 million.
  • Defended regional tool manufacturer against breach of employment agreement claims involving potential liability of more than $1 million.
  • Successfully resolved multi-million dollar antitrust action against multiple listing services who allegedly precluded access to an online real estate company to avoid competition.
  • Obtained $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of a distributor of agricultural machinery after the distributor was blacklisted from purchasing machines and making sales by manufacturers.
  • Secured dismissal of multi-million dollar action against a national truck stop chain involved in a real estate transaction, and obtained a six-figure judgment against the plaintiff for attorney fees and costs.
  • Assisted national life insurance company in obtaining injunctive relief against former wholesalers based on wholesalers' improper access and use of trade secret information.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful death claims relating to alleged environmental contamination on property designated an EPA Superfund site.
  • Achieved dismissal of multi-million dollar sewage disposal backup claims on behalf of various municipalities.
  • Successfully resolved multi-million dollar oil and gas action on behalf of mineral rights owners based on alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and wrongful insider dealings.
  • Obtained TROs and preliminary injunctive relief on behalf of numerous clients against former employees and executives for violations of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements.
  • Secured dismissals of numerous employment discrimination and wrongful discharge actions against employers, municipalities, and school districts across Michigan.


Speaking Engagements


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Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Inns of Court, Barrister Member
Community Involvement:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lansing, Board of Directors, Chair