Ben Richardson


State Court Judge Richardson grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Woodland High School in East Point. After graduation from Howard University in Washington, D.C., he went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Georgia. Ben then practiced general law in Athens before moving to Columbus in 1994, as Muscogee County Assistant Solicitor General. He was promoted to Chief Assistant Solicitor General in January 1996. He was sworn in as Solicitor General in January 2003 by Governor Roy Barnes, becoming the first African American to hold this position in Muscogee County. In January of 2014, he was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Judge of State Court for Muscogee County.

Ben’s awards and recognitions include: the Order of Saint Maurice, for his community work with the Columbus and Ft. Benning community; Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Forty Under Forty; ” and 2008 Solicitor-General of the Year by the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General.

Ben and his wife, Valerie, have one son, Justin.  He enjoys being active in the community and is a member of several boards, organizations, and associations throughout the city and state. He is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Columbus.