making a change
one hoa at a time
Richards Law was established in 2005 by John D. Richards III. Throughout the years our firm’s mission has been to find the perfect balance between Board authority and homeowner rights. We desire HOA life to be enjoyable, property values to increase and a better quality of life to be ensured.
We have found that an aggressive yet a respectful approach when dealing with homeowners provides the best results for all.
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
Meet the legal professionals at Richards Law
John D. Richards
John Richards is the founder of Richards Law, PC. Mr.
Richards is one of a select few attorneys to be admitted into the Community Association’s Institute’s (CAI) “College of Community Association Lawyers” in 2007. His practice includes general counsel, covenant enforcement, collections, complex HOA litigation, lobbying, landlord-tenant issues, general business law, and other related matters that commonly arise for associations.
He has been recognized as one of Utah’s “Top Rated” and “Legal Elite” lawyers by Utah Business Magazine. John served as president of the Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute in 2005. He successfully lobbied the Utah legislature on several bills pertinent to community association issues, including amendments to the Utah Condominium Ownership Act and introduction of the Utah Community
Association Act in 2004, which he authored.
John is a member of the Utah and Oregon Bar Associations, and he is a member of the Real Estate section and the Business and Litigation sections of the Utah Bar Association.
John is in high demand to speak on HOA issues throughout the State of Utah and the Country.
John received his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1999, and was a third-year visiting student at the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. He received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah in 1995 with a minor in Japanese.
John enjoys spending time at Bear Lake, playing guitar and exploring Japan.
Isaac James joined Richards Law PC in November 2018 as a litigation attorney. Prior to joining Richards Law, Isaac was employed by Liberty Mutual in the Law Office of Leonard and James, where he managed and defended Liberty Mutual’s Utah insurance litigation claims, which included defending cases involving commercial and personal auto accidents, premises liability, industrial accidents, construction defect, and other personal injury claims.
Isaac began his legal career in 2008, at the law firm of Richards, Kimble & Winn, where he practiced primarily in the areas of community association law, real estate law, and general litigation before moving to Morgan, Minnock, Rice & James in 2011. During his time at Richards Kimble & Winn, Isaac worked with numerous community associations drafting governing documents, litigating a variety of community association claims and defenses, and providing guidance on a wide array of association governance issues.
Isaac received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 2008, and has been admitted to practice in Utah State and Federal Courts. He is also a graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where he received his bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in music, and played on the men’s intercollegiate soccer team.
Patsy received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and post-graduate work was done at Arizona State University. Patsy is a graduate of Texas A&M Law School and initially practiced in the areas of family law and personal injury law.
For the last 12 years she has practiced community association law with John Richards. Her HOA practice consists of collections and all aspects of general counsel representation for community Boards. Patsy has been active in the Utah Chapter of Community Association Institute for many years. She provides an invaluable service to Richards Law with her ability analyze and solve complex problems, including her well-developed skill in dealing with owners.