Richard is a licensed Attorney in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in federal, state and local courts. Richard practices in the areas of Civil Rights, Employment law, Governmental Relations, Real Estate, Wills, and other General Litigation matters. He is a certified small claims arbitrator in the City of New York as well as a member of the New York State Procurement Council. In addition, Richard is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New Rochelle Bar Association the National Police Accountability Project and serves as a Board Member and Vice-Chair of the Program Committee for the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board.
Richard has served as Counsel to the New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund in New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund v. City of New Rochelle (2003) and as Counsel to Cesar Ruiz in the landmark case of United States and Cesar Ruiz v. Village of Portchester(2006). Richard was elected to the New Rochelle City Council in November of 2007. He served as Councilman until Jan. 1, 2012. From 2009-2010 Councilman St. Paul was appointed by his Council colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor of the City of New Rochelle. Richard has worked in the White House under the Clinton Administration, on Capitol Hill in the Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah and in the Office of Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge.
He has served as Senior Counsel and Governmental Affairs Director to the New York State Senate Majority Leader (2009-2010). In addition, Richard has served his country for eight years as part of the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Legal Service Organization and the Army Corp of Engineers. (2000-2008). In 2014 Richard was named as one of Westchester’s County Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars. Also in 2011, Richard was named as one of New York’s State and City’s Rising Star by New York Capitol News. In 2011 Richard was invited to the White House along with a group of young political leaders to discuss multiple issues including the economy with President Obama and his Senior Staff.
Richard currently serves as a member of the Nation Council for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Richard also serves as an executive board member and the Legal Redress for the New Rochelle Chapter of the NAACP.
Richard is also an Advisor to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) NAACP branch. As a voting rights attorney, Richard has successfully litigated to protect and enhance the voting rights of African-Americans and Latinos in Westchester, NY. In addition, Richard is Counsel to the New York City Small Homeowners Association and Advisor to the Westchester County Office of Minority Women and Business Enterprise (MWBE). In that capacity, Richard leads the outreach effort on behalf of the County of Westchester to MWBEs. Richard is a native of the Bronx, NY and currently lives in New Rochelle, NY. Richard has been called on multiple times for his political and legal expertise and has made multiple appearances on Fox News Channel, RNN’s and Fios’s The Richard French Live show, New York 1’s Inside City Hall and ABC’s Here & Now.