Richard St. Paul, Esq.
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 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, and the National Police Accountability Project. He has served as the legal advisor to the New Rochelle chapter of the NAACP and as Counsel to the New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund in New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund v. City of New Rochelle (2003) and most recently as Counsel to Cesar Ruiz in the landmark case of United States and Cesar Ruiz v. Village of Portchester(2006). As a voting rights attorney, Richard has successfully litigated to protect and enhance the voting rights of African-Americans and Latinos in Westchester, NY.
Additionally, Richard has worked on several political campaigns, including the Presidential ’04 campaign as the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Legal Director in the State of West Virginia. As the HAVA Legal Director, Richard was tasked with leading the ballot security operation in the state. Richard successfully recruited, trained and deployed over one hundred attorneys for the ballot security operation. Richard has also worked in a political and legal capacity, handling election law and campaign finance issues for Hoffman for Congress ’04 (CD 18), Pirro for U.S. Senate ’06, Pirro for New York State Attorney General ’06, Payton for PA House of Representatives ’08 (179th LD), and Dan Donovan for New York State Attorney General ’08.
Richard has dedicated much of his life to Public Service. He is committed to putting people over politics. 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, NY. As a Council member he has worked to bring open government and accountability to the City and was featured in the New York Times article, “Questioning Developers’ Incentives” (Brenner, 2008). Furthermore, after the 2010 census, Mr. St.Paul was tasked with helping to lead the redistricting efforts on behalf of the New Rochelle Republican Party and his Republican Council colleagues. In that capacity, Richard proposed a a fair redistricting plan that preserved the African-American districts and created two Latino influenced districts.
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). Richard also served as an Adjunct Professor at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY. In addition, Richard has served his country for several 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 2011 Richard was named as one of New York’s Rising Stars by New York Capitol News. Also, 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 has been called on multiple times for his political and legal expertise and has made multiple appearance on several New York based TV programs.
Richard is a native of the Bronx, NY and currently lives in New Rochelle, NY.