Honors & Recognitions

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

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2012-2014


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. 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 large national life insurance company in obtaining injunctive relief against former wholesalers based on wholesalers' improper access and use of trade secret information.
  • Assisted in the defense of former President and CEO of regional bank from shareholder derivative claims seeking damages in excess of $90 million.
  • Defended large cutting and grinding tool manufacturer against breach of employment agreement claims involving potential liability of more than $1 million.
  • Represented large national travel center company in multi-million dollar breach of contract action concerning the purchase of real property and facilities to be used as a full-service truck stop. 


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