A native of North Carolina, Billy was born in New Bern, NC and attended public schools in Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 1973, received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill in 1977, and JD from Campbell University School of Law in 1980.
Billy knows the value of a good public education, and he was fortunate to attend excellent schools during his youth.
Devoted Husband and Father
Billy and his high school sweetheart, Barbara Boughman Richardson, married in 1978. They are the proud parents of son and law partner Matthew, married to Kimberly, daughter Caroline, an occupational therapist married to Brendon McGann, and son Zachary, a recent graduate of the Campbell University School of Law. Billy and Barbara are also delighted to enjoy five grandchildren.
Experienced Advocate and Prosecutor
From his early days as Assistant District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District in Cumberland County to his years of success in private practice, Billy has learned to appreciate the law as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and civil advocate. As a founding partner of The Richardson Firm, Billy shares his practice with his eldest son Matthew Richardson, Kris Poppe, and colleagues Chandan Shankar, Heather Rattelade, and Keischa Lovelace.
Civic & Business Leader
From his early days as high school senior class president and student body president at UNC, through his work as a prosecutor, as a member of the NC House of Representatives, and as an attorney in private practice, Billy has maintained a deep and personal association with his community, underscored by his commitment to public education.
Billy serves his community across a wide variety of organizations:
- Former President of the Education Foundation of Cumberland County
- Former Member of the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Visitors
- Former Member of the UNC Wilmington Board of Visitors
- Former President and current board member of the YMCA of the Sandhills
- Member of the Fayetteville Regional Chamber
- Former Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Government Committee
- Former President of the Cumberland County Democratic Mens Club
- Member of the Advisory Board for Vantage South Bank
- Member of the Cumberland County Bar Association since 1980
Constancy in Faith
Billy's faith is a grounding influence in his life.
As with his commitment to his family, Billy remains dedicated to his spiritual community. A member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Billy expresses his faith by serving his family, his church, and his community.
Dedicated Public Servant
Billy was elected to the NC House of Representatives in 1992 and served through 1996. He brings the same hands-on spirit to his service to the people of North Carolina as he brings to his personal and professional life.