Richmond Divorce Attorney Richard W. Johnson Jr. | Cordell & Cordell

Richard W. Johnson Jr.

Senior Litigation Attorney

Richmond divorce attorney Richard W. Johnson Jr.Richmond divorce attorney Richard W. Johnson Jr. has always wanted to advocate on behalf of those who need strong, zealous advocacy.

“The majority of y career has been fighting for the underdog,” he said. “I view family law as a continuation of representing the underdog during the most important situations of their life. Assisting those in most need of assistance is what I have always done and practicing for Cordell & Cordell allows me to continue to do so.”

Mr. Johnson always tries to be empathetic to the problems and circumstances of his clients. Ultimately, he has always been aware that the business of practicing family law is about very important aspects of clients’ lives, and he attempts to approach the issues and problems with knowledge of the impact they will have.

“We must always keep our eyes on our long-term goals,” he said.

One of the greatest compliments he’s received came from a client in a child custody case. Following the case, in which the client received custody and the stability of a protective order, the client was able to further his career. Five years later, Mr. Johnson received his thank you note expressing how much better his life and career were after the case.

“It is those moments that I live for as a lawyer,” he said.

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Johnson is licensed to practice in Virginia.


Mr. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his Juris Doctor from Richmond School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Johnson worked for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. He also previously served as Chief Deputy Public Defender, Deputy Capital Defender, Capital Defender, and worked for a general practice law firm.


  • Virginia State Bar, 2003
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; 2009, Board of Directors 2019
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association; 2003, President 2008-2009

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • The Lessons of Darcel Murphy – Capital Defense Workshop (2020)
  • Encounters with the Constitution – Christopher Newport University (2017)
  • Regular lecturer with the Indigent Defense Commission on Ethics and Client-Centered Representation