Jessica C. Richardson

Steve E. Tomsche

Jessica C. Richardson

763-521-4499 (Main)
612-522-2040 (Direct)
763-521-4482 (Fax)

Holly Era, Paralegal/Legal Assistant

763-521-4499 (Main)
612-520-8616 (Direct)
763-521-4482 (Fax)


Jessica Richardson has been representing individuals, professionals, associations, and insurers in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 20 years. She consistently endeavors to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients, whether through providing counsel and guidance, negotiating settlements, or presenting a case to a jury. Because being sued is a new and stressful experience for many, at times presenting risk of significant personal financial exposure, Jessica maintains accessibility and clear communication with her clients throughout the life of a lawsuit.

Jessica has successfully tried and arbitrated cases in venues throughout Minnesota, including cases involving professional negligence, catastrophic injury, brain injury, and wrongful death. 

Jessica is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral and member of Big I MN E&O Education and Claims teams. She conducts voluntary audits of insurance agencies throughout Minnesota.


  • University of Minnesota School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2002
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002
  • Wisconsin, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Boating and Recreational Vehicle Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • No Fault Arbitration
  • Premises Liability
  • Sex Abuse
  • Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury

Professional Liability

  • Insurance Agents and Brokers
  • Design Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Community Associations
  • Directors and Officers (D&O)
  • For-profit and Non-profit Boards
  • Professional Disciplinary Matters

Other Civil Litigation

  • Defamation
  • Employment

Insurance Coverage

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society


  • “On the Road: Keeping Customers Covered when Business Delivers,” MIIAB Cutting Edge (December 2020)
  • “Why Not Record It?: Legal Considerations for Recording Agency Phone Calls,” DRI The Voice (March 2020) and PLUS Journal (April 2020)
  • “Cautionary Note about Cyber Insurance,” MIIAB Cutting Edge (December 2018)
  • “Minnesota Supreme Court Weighs in on No-Fault Issue,” Rider Bennett Defense Practice Group E-Alert (Summer 2005)
  • “Hostile Work Environment Claims Under the ADA,” The Beacon, A Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Summer 2005)
  • “Recent Trends and Developments in The Law,” The Beacon, A Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Fall 2004)
  • “Defendant’s Shield Becomes A Sword: Challenging Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia Claims in Minnesota Courts,” Minnesota Defense (Summer 2004)

Presentations and Teaching

  • “E&O Claims,” Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies (August 2023)
  • “FFCRA’s Impact on Insurance Agencies and Their Small Business Customers,” MIIAB (March 2021) and Twin Cities Insurance Club (February 2021)
  • How Firms are Handling Operations in Light of Ongoing Pandemic and Executive Orders,” Moderator, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (June 2020)
  • “Mock Trial Presentation,” Professional Insurance Agents of Minnesota (May 2019)
  • “Cyber Insurance and Insurance Agent Errors and Omissions,” Twin Cities Insurance Club (February 2019)
  • “TNCs and Priority of Coverage,” Twin Cities Claims Association (September 2018)
  • “How to Find and Use Social Media in Defending Your Case,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar (August 2018)
  • “No Fault Here and Now and What is on the Horizon,” Twin Cities Claims Association (December 2017)
  • “Tips for New Lawyers,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference (February 2017)
  • “No Fault Arbitration: Case Law and Rules Updates,” Minnesota CLE (December 2016)
  • “No Fault Panel Discussion,” Twin Cities Claims Association (September 2013)
  • “Hey Kids, Get Off My Lawn!; Or: How to Effectively Try a Case to a New Generation of Jurors,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar (August 2013)
  • “Maintenance and Use: You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me,” American Family (December 2011)
  • “Defend UM/UIM Cases – And Win,” National Business Institute (Spring 2007)
  • “What’s Work Product?,” Twin Cities Claims Association (Spring 2007)
  • “Strategies for Winning No-Fault Arbitrations,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference (Winter 2007)
  • “Auto Insurance Update,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference (Winter 2007)
  • “Professional Aspirations,” Minnesota State Bar Association (Fall 2006)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Trying No-Fault, UM and UIM Claims,” Hennepin County Bar Association (Fall 2006)
  • “No-Fault Arbitrations – From Start to Finish,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference (Winter 2006)
  • “I’ll Take Legal Updates for $1,000, Alex: The Latest Labor & Employment Developments,” Rider Bennett Labor & Employment Seminar (Fall 2006)
  • “Life after Kiess from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives,” Hennepin County Bar Association (Winter 2006)
  • “Ten Tips on Employment Investigations,” Rider Bennett Autumn Afternoon (Fall 2005)
  • “How to Conduct a Human Resources Audit in Minnesota,” Rider Bennett Labor & Employment Seminar (Fall 2005)
  • “Evidentiary Issues Relating to Fibromyalgia Claims,” Hennepin County Bar Association (Fall 2004)
  • “Modern Times:  Employment Law After 9-11,” Rider Bennett Labor & Employment Seminar (Fall 2004)