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Morghan Leia Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP
605 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10158
Phone: 212-557-7200
Fax: 212-286-1884
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed in New York Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Morghan Leia Richardson is a partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. Ms. Richardson focuses her practice on family law and regularly handles cases that involve complex divorce litigation, uncontested divorce, divorce mediation, child custody, child support, orders of protection and family offense petitions.

Before pursuing a career in law, Ms. Richardson worked as an investigative reporter and was the recipient of a journalism award from Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for a news story on a suspicious adoption. She attended Tulane University Law School, where she served as a managing editor for the school’s maritime law journal, and graduated with a Juris Doctor.

Prior to practicing family law, Ms. Richardson worked in business litigation, representing Fortune 500 companies. That experience, and her personal life as a divorced parent, gives Ms. Richardson the ability to fight for the rights of her clients. She understands the challenges that come with divorce and other family law matters and seeks to find the best solution possible. Ms. Richardson holds a basic training for divorce mediation certificate from The Center for Mediation & Training in New York City.

Ms. Richardson is extremely active in her local and legal community. She is the author of several articles on divorce for The Huffington Post and other publications. She is a member of the Queens County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where she currently serves on the Section for Women in the Law. 

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


3 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

About Morghan Leia Richardson

First Admitted: 2005, Maryland


Representative Clients

  • Michael Wainstein, in his divorce from Real Housewives of New York star Julianne Wainstein.

Educational Background

  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A., 1999


  • People v Muhammed 2009 NY Slip Op 05269 [63 AD3d 617] June 25, 2009 Appellate Division, First Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. As corrected through Wednesday, August 5, 2009 , 2009

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Service on the board for nonprofit Lawyer Moms of America, a nonprofit volunteer organization aimed at pressing immigration reform to prevent child/family separation at the borders. , 2018
  • 2001 Investigative Reporting - Second Place, The Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Texas, 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Divorce Law continuing legal education presentation teaching other attorneys NY divorce law., CLE Presentation and Lecture, Divorce 101, Marino CLE, Family Law, Prenups, Relationships, 2019
  • Overview on the use of ADR in matrimonial and family law disputes. Attorneys and litigants must come to understand that courthouse life in the post-pandemic world will only serve to exacerbate the problems of our historically overburdened matrimonial parts. Our distinguished panel will encourage matrimonial practitioners to refocus the direction of matrimonial litigation by fast-tracking their cases through ADR. NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is an accredited provider of CLE credit in New York, approved for traditional live-classroom format, as well as webinars. This course is approved for experienced and newly admitted attorneys., Panelist, ADR in Divorce: Fast-Tracking Resolutions (Presented by National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), CLE, Divorce, Mediation, 2020
  • NYSBA's annual CLE for the Women in the Law section. Served as co-chair for creating the event; moderated the event and the panel on in-house counsel and diversity. , Moderator, NYSBA Women on the Move CLE, New York State Bar Association , Family Law, Prenups, Relationships, Women In The Law, 2018
  • Gentlemen, let me confirm what you have long suspected: if you are the primary income earner in your family, particularly where your wife has stayed at home, be prepared to pay in your divorce. For the most part, laws have consistently leaned towards protecting women who do not work, who set aside careers (or never start one) and raise children. These laws favor the idea that there is an inherent value in raising children and tending to the family. As society changes in the workforce and in our expectations of parental duties, men can still be caught off-guard by somewhat antiquated laws that are slower and more resistant to change. So what you have long suspected is generally true: "It is cheaper to keep her.", Author, Gentlemen: It Is "Cheaper to Keep Her", The Huffington Post, 2013
  • In this piece we explore five ways that divorce mediation can help resolve the get crisis., Co-Author, 5 Ways That Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve the 'Get' Crisis,, 2014
  • Anne’s ex-husband was an obsessive, controlling and verbally abusive police officer. He drank. He cheated. And when Anne protested, he threatened to use his job to take custody of their preschool-aged kids and make her life a living hell. He also threatened to use his position as the sole bread-winner to hire the best lawyer and steam-roll over her in court. Yet, rather than feeling trapped and overwhelmed, Anne seized control of the situation – by taking control of her finances., Author, True story: How to squirrel away $5,000 to get out of a horrible marriage (and get the kids, house and alimony), Bankruptcy in New Jersey, 2013
  • Good listening skills aren't just important to relationships. They can also keep you out of jail. I see it all the time: guys are dumbfounded that their wives take drastic measures to get their attention when they want a divorce. But it's no surprise to me. Aside from being a woman and a divorce lawyer, I was also a "mean girl" in high school. I know how they operate. Here's a few simple things to understand how your wife operates too., Author, Top 3 Tips To Avoid a "Mean Girl" Style Divorce, The Huffington Post, 2013
  • Every married woman needs at least $5,000 in a bank account in her own name – no matter what her husband thinks. But should your account indeed be a “divorce slush fund”?  Maybe. I don’t need to throw a bunch of grim divorce rate statistics at you. If you live in this world, you already know. So let’s get real: An account held jointly in both spouses’ names can be accessed by either person. If your husband drains the account, a judge may require he pay you back some of it. But that can take months or even years. What will you do until then?  How do you hire a lawyer to make him pay it back?  How do you pay your bills and feed your kids? He may not pay child support or alimony unless that same judge requires him to do so – again, this takes time. How will you make it?, Author, Every woman needs $5,000 in her own account – even if it’s a secret, Wealthy Single Mommy, 2012
  • The Notice Pleading Restoration Act's attempt to reverse 'Twombly' and 'Iqbal' pleading standards. Twombly and Iqbal marked a significant change in the way federal courts evaluate motions to dismiss made under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6). In direct response to Twombly and Iqbal, Sen. Arlen Specter, D.-Pa., introduced the Notice Pleading Restoration Act of 2009 (S. 1504). The bill seeks to reverse Twombly and Iqbal in favor of a return to the dismissal standard set by Conley, and in effect lower the pleading bar that Twombly and Iqbal have raised., Co-Author, "Lowering the Raised Bar," (The Notice Pleading Restoration Act’s attempt to reverse ‘Twombly’ and ‘Iqbal’ pleading standards),, 2009


  • Designated by Lawyers of Distinction for Family and Divorce Law., Family and Divorce Law, Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Award for pro bono work on a contested adoption case in Maryland., President's Citation, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Award for outstanding commitment to pro bono case involving a contested adoption., Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Spriggs & Hollingsworth LLP, 2006
  • Journalism award for investigative reporting on a suspicious and botched adoption in Galveston County, Texas., Investigative Reporting, Second Place, The Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Texas, 2001


  • Why get a prenup? A typical prenup sets out what is viewed as marital property and what will remain separate property. It addresses who gets financial support and how much. In this short Vlog I talk about reasons why to get a prenup, reasons why prenups can be overturned, and some interesting things you might want to put in your agreement., Prenup Season is Here!, Family Law, Prenups, Relationships, 2019
  • Basics of custody determinations., Let's Talk About Custody, Family Law, Prenups, Relationships, 2019
  • Emma Johnson, blogger and financial reporter, talks to the lawyers at Richardson Legal PLLC about our practice and our top three tips when looking for a divorce firm in this post originally featured on We Heart Astoria (dot) com., Three things to look for in a divorce attorney, 2013

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Kings County Supreme Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, 2021
  • Mediator, New York County Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators., 2020

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediator, Kings County Supreme Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, 2021
  • Mediator, New York County Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators., 2020
  • Certificate in Basic Training for Divorce Mediation from the Center for Mediation and Training, New York, NY, 2010
  • QDROs and Pensions: Advanced Training in Divorce Mediation with the Center for Mediation and Training, New York, NY, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Mediator, Kings County Supreme Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, 2021
  • Mediator, New York County Court's Roster of Matrimonial Mediators., 2020
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Member, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, 2010 - Present
  • President's Citation, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Member, Queens County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • Maryland, 2005
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee for Women in the Law, 2013 - Present Subcommittee co-chair for the Women on the Move initiative, 2017 - Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • New York, 2008

Industry Groups

  • Divorce
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Office Location for Morghan Leia Richardson

605 Third Avenue
34th Floor
New York, NY 10158

Phone: 212-557-7200

Fax: 212-286-1884

Last Updated: 6/13/2022

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