150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

James H. Richardson

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Elderkin Law Firm, Erie, Pa.

Contact Information

150 E. 8th St.

Erie 16501-1269
Work (814) 456-4000
Fax (814) 454-7411

Practice State



Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation, as well as Collaborative Law.  In addition. Jim serves as a Mediator in Family, Civil, Probate, and Labor and Employment disputes.


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  • Crawford, Pennsylvania
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Mercer, Pennsylvania
  • Venango, Pennsylvania
  • Warren, Pennsylvania


Franklin and Marshall College, B.S., 1976

Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, J.D., 1979

Legal Organizations

American Bar Association, Family Law Section; Erie County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, (Chair: 1982-84, 1990-91, 1998-99, 2006-2007; Treasurer: 1995-97; Executive Committee: 1995-97); Pennsylvania Bar Association, Committee on Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1994-present; Code of Evidence Committee: 1995-1998; Family Law Section: 1985-present (Council 1995-97, 2013-present)(Rules Comm 2015-present); ADR Neutral and Mediator for the U.S. District Court, WDPA: 2015-present; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals: 2013-present; Collaborative Professionals of NWPa: 2013-present.


   Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer", Philadelphia Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Outstanding Pro Bono Awards from the Pa Bar Ass'n and Erie County Bar Association: May 2004. 

   Shriners Hospital for Children, Erie Unit, Board of Directors, 1993 through present; Chairman, 2001 through 2002.  President Pa. Shrine Ass'n: 2009-2010.  Potentate of Zem Zem Shrine Center 2010.  Scottish Rite, Valley of Erie, 33rd Degree. Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge #362: WM 2015.  Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award: 2003.  BSA Silver Beaver Award: 1998.

CLE Presentations

Moderator & Speaker - Pa Bar Ass'n Family Law Section Workshop "What Every Family Law Lawyer Needs to Know About Lawyer and Judge Discipline": Summer, 2012.   Moderator & Speaker - Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Workshop ``Tips for Avoiding and Responding to Disciplinary Complaints'': Summer, 1997.  Frequent author and lecturer on family law and ethics issues for the PBA, PBI, and Erie County Bar Ass'n.  Frequent lecturer on Endowment, Will, Gifts and Estate Planning for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Pennsylvania Family Lawyer publications: (1) Post-Secondary Education Expense casenote: October, 2014; (2) Bankruptcy Fraudulent Transfer casenote: December, 2013; (3) Personal Injury Proceeds Issue in Support casenote: June, 1997; (4) Erie County Custody Mediation Process article: June, 1997.  Dickinson School of Law publications in 1978 and 1979.

AAML Chapter

Membership Chair: 2002-2005. 

Board of Examiners: 2003-2006, 2014-present.

Chapter Secretary: 2015-present

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