Edmund F. Richardson


Practice Areas


  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (J.D., cum laude, 1973)
    • Managing Editor, Law & the Social Order, Arizona State Law Journal
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (B.S., Business Management, 1970)

Court Admissions

  • Municipal, Justice and Superior Courts of Arizona, 1973
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, 1973
  • Supreme Court of Arizona, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2008


  • Spanish

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Business Law Section
  • Real Estate Law Section

Professional Experience

Ed is a well-rounded attorney with more than 41 years’ experience in business, real estate and lending transactions and litigation in Arizona law firms and as in-house counsel to a real estate development firm. He understands that excellent representation transcends documentation and pleadings and requires understanding of business fundamentals and individual client expertise, vision and objectives.

For most of the last 41 years, Ed has represented financial institutions and their subsidiaries in all aspects of the industry, from compliance to documentation and enforcement. A major portion of his work in assisting lenders in documenting and originating loans is focused on due diligence, including corporate partnership and limited liability company governance and authority, title to real and personal property, priority of encumbrances, secured transactions, as well as avoidance or resolution of broken priorities, zoning, building and safety compliance, review of surveys, permitting, inspection and certificates of occupancy for buildings and residences in real estate transactions.

As in-house counsel for a real estate developer, Ed was responsible for all aspects of subdivision applications and reports, title issues, environmental quality compliance, assured water supplies, preparation of CC&Rs, association documentation, rules and regulations for the association and all other aspects of the developments.

Ed’s business practice has included formation, operation and governance of corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures.

Ed’s practice also includes preparation of wills and trusts for estate planning and asset preservation.

Publications & Presentations

  • Seminars on Uniform Commercial Code
  • Commercial Real Estate Lending Seminars
  • Employment Law Seminar for Arizona Credit Union League
  • International Law Seminar for the State Department of Commerce

In time of prosperity and expansion businesses need experienced counsel with knowledge of the opportunities and dangers in the market.

Tougher times require the same skills as well as the ability and creativity to meet the challenges and stresses that accompany a receding economy. You need someone who knows the regulators and whom the regulators trust.

Lenders need counsel who understand their business. Borrowers need counsel with the same understanding. There is no substitute for experience. Ed Richardson can provide the guidance and legal products you need.

Fluent in Spanish, Ed served as an Official Court Interpreter in Maricopa County Superior Courts from 1968-1972. He enjoys family, family history and genealogy, sports, furniture making, and antiquarian books

Current Events

  • Attorney Edmund F. Richardson was featured in the March/April issue of Az Business Magazine as one of Arizona’s 2013 top banking attorneys.

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