Lance G. Richardson is a 1986 Co-Valedictorian graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School. He was active in athletic programs to include soccer, wrestling and lacrosse. Lance received his college degree from the University of Maryland in 1990 and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994. After working a short time in private law practice with the firm of Kopen and Quick in Easton, Maryland he became an assistant public defender in Queen Anne’s County from 1996 until January 2003, at which time he was hired as a Deputy State’s Attorney by then State’s Attorney, Frank Kratovil.
Lance was appointed State’s Attorney in January 2009 by Judge Thomas Ross to fill the vacancy created by Frank Kratovil, who was elected to the United States Congress. Lance continues to serve the citizens of Queen Anne’s County as State’s Attorney after being re-elected in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022.
Mr. Richardson is active in area youth sports as a former coach and currently a referee. He is an instructor in alcohol and drug education and is a Character Counts Coach for Queen Anne’s County schools. He has served as President of the Mid-Shore Pro Bono Project, President of the Queen Anne’s County Bar Association and was a trustee on the Queen Anne’s County Free Library Board of Directors.
Since becoming State’s Attorney, Mr. Richardson has started a Diversion Program centered around the rehabilitation of first time, misdemeanor, non-violent, offenders. This program is the first of its kind for Queen Anne’s County and allows minor crimes to be adjudicated with minimal court involvement, thus saving valuable time, resources and monies better utilized for more serious offenses that require court action. The Diversion Program is operated at no cost to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County or the State of Maryland, as it is fully funded by the program participants.
Lance was raised in Queen Anne’s County and he continues to enjoy the wonderful quality of life that this community provides. In his spare time Lance enjoys weightlifting, playing and refereeing soccer as well as officiating weddings.
Mr. Richardson is supported in his daily operations as State’s Attorney by a staff that includes a Chief of Staff, two Deputy State’s Attorneys, two Assistant State’s Attorneys, two victim witness staff members, and five legal assistants.