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Matthew Richardson (born May 22, 1973) is a partner and attorney for the Greenville-based private practice law firm of Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham, P.A. He is the grandson of former South Carolina Supreme Court Justice, the late Julius B. "Bubba" Ness. In late-March 2010, Richardson announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat being vacated by Republican Henry McMaster, who is running for governor, in the 2010 election. [1] Nearly seven months later, however, Richardson lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 to Republican challenger Michael Alan Wilson after receiving slightly over forty-four percent of the vote. [2]


  • Bachelor's degree, Duke University (1995) in economics
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of South Carolina School of Law (1998)

Professional experience

Upon passing the state bar, Richardson served as a law clerk for both the Honorable Kaye G. Hearn on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and then later for the United States District Court Judge P. Michael Duffy. In 2001, Richardson joined Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham P.A., a Greenville-based private practice law firm, which specializes in consumer protection, securities fraud, commercial and real estate disputes, products liability, intellectual property protection, voting rights, employment rights, and compensation for injuries to workers and families; six years later, he was made partner there.

Other roles

  • Treasurer, South Carolina State University - Board of Trustees (2006-07)
  • Board of Directors Member, South Carolina Future Minds Foundation
  • Member, South Carolina State University - Board of Trustees Executive Committee
  • Member, Central Carolina Community Foundation - Advisory Committee
  • President, South Carolina Federal Bar Association
  • Vice President, South Carolina Association of Justice

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Richardson has raised $362,200 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign as of September 27, 2010. [3]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
South Carolina Democratic Party $50,000
Matthew Richardson $3,680
Elizabeth L. Eble $3,500
Lulu, Inc. $3,500
John A. Hagins, Jr. $3,500



See also: South Carolina Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Matthew Richardson ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Michael Alan Wilson 53.7%
     Democratic Party Matthew Richardson 44.2%
     Green Party Leslie Minerd 2.0%
Total Votes 1,332,806


Richardson currently resides in Barnwell, South Carolina with his wife, Beth Burke, and their three children.


  • Compleat Lawyer Award (2003) from the University of South Carolina
  • Liberty Fellowship from the Aspen Global Leadership Network

Contact information

Campaign Address:

South Carolina

Matthew Richardson for Attorney General
P.O. Box 12641
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (864) 640-8132

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