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Robert E. Richardson Jr.

Robert E. Richardson Jr.

Vice Chair
Term: 2008-2017

Robert E. Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the Law Firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC. Mr. Richardson's practice areas include labor and employment, securities and class action litigation.

Mr. Richardson also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust ("LECET") for the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida. During his time as a Construction Market Representative, he has lead campaigns in Cincinnati to fight on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools ("CPS") construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Mr. Richardson also led the effort to implement the first Responsible Bidder Ordinance to ever pass in the City of Cincinnati in March of 2012. He is now advising the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

Mr. Richardson hosts a weekly radio show on Saturdays at 11 a.m., "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," on 1230AM The Buzz of Cincinnati. Real Talk features politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broadscale issues. 

Mr. Richardson received both his BSE in Electrical Engineering and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati. While at the University, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President in the spring of 2001. In 2002, Mr. Richardson was awarded its highest honor for undergraduates - the UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence.

 In January of 2012, Mr. Richardson made history when he was elected as Secretary becoming the youngest person to ever be elected as an officer on the Board of Trustees at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as Chairman of the Academic and Students Affairs Committee where he advocates lowering the cost of education and provide more scholarships for students.

 Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards including: the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee and the Board of Visitors for the University of Cincinnati College Of Law.