Honorable Richard H. Sothoron Jr.

Honorable Richard H. Sothoron Jr.

Of Counsel
Location:
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Phone:
301-358-5997
877-PARLETT (877-727-5388)
Fax:
301-952-9117
Email:
The Honorable Richard H. Sothoron, Jr. has been practicing law for over 43 years. Judge Sothoron is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1969. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating in 1966. Judge Sothoron began his legal career in 1971 as an Assistant State's Attorney for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. He was an associate attorney at DePaul, Willoner, Kenkel and Associates until 1976 when he became a partner of the firm. In 1978 he became a partner at Shipley, Knight, Manzi and Zanecki and continued as a partner under its new organization and name of Knight, Manzi and Sothoron. In 1982 he founded his own practice handling civil litigation, administrative litigation and criminal defense, defending those accused crimes in Prince George's County, southern Maryland, and the District of Columbia, until he was appointed to the Bench in 1990. Judge Sothoron was appointed as an Associate Judge to the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1990, and was elected to the bench for a fifteen year term in 1992, where he served for sixteen years until his retirement from the bench in 2008. After retirement Judge Sothoron has acted as a mediator and arbitrator for cases. Judge Sothoron joined Wilson & Parlett as Of Counsel in 2013. Judge Sothoron is admitted to practice in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a past President and current member of the Prince George's County Bar Association, past President and current member of the Maryland State Bar Association, a member of the American Bar Association and a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. During his long legal career, Judge Sothoron has been recognized for his outstanding work in the legal field by numerous organizations. In 2003 he received The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award, in 2006 he received the Maryland State Bar Association's Judge Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award and in 2007 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile accidents
  • SSDI

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974
  • Maryland, 1970
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Juris Doctorate - 1969
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1966

Classes/Seminars

  • Part-Time Instructor, Criminal Law and Evidence, Prince George's Community College, 1974 - 1975

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating, Martindale - Hubbel
  • Elected Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1985
  • Elected Fellow, American Bar Association, 1996
  • Appointed Associate Judge to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, 1990 - Present
  • The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, 2003 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association’s Judge Anselem Sodaro Judicial Civility Award , 2006 - Present
  • Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Baltimore School of Law, 2007 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Current member and past president, 1990
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, President-Elect, 1989
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Secretary, 1988
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Chairman, Fundraising Committee to Furnish Bar Headquarters, 1988
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Treasurer, 1977
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1982 - 1986
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Co-Chairman, Purchase of Bar Headquarters Committee
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Law Committee
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Chairman, Civil Law Committee
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Sports Commissioner
  • Law Foundation of Prince George's County, Board of Directors, 1991 - 1992
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1991 - 1993
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Local and Specialty Bar Committee, 1991
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Special Committee on Paralegals, 1988 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Criminal Law Section Council, 1985 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Economics of Law Practice Section Council
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member, Medico-Legal Committee, 1984
  • American Bar Association, Member, Criminal Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Maryland State's Attorney's Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National District Attorney's Association, Member
  • Montgomery-Prince George's Continuing Legal Education Institute, Inc., Trustee
  • Maryland Worker's Compensation Benefit & Insurance Oversight Committee, Appointed Member, 1991 - Present
  • Board of Ethics for Prince George's County, Appointed Counsel, 1988 - Present
  • Industrial Development Authority for Prince George's County, Appointed Secretary, 1987 - Present
  • Prince George's County Public Safety Master Plan, Appointed Chairman, 1986 - 1989
  • Prince George's County, Appointed Member, Correctional Advisory Board, 1982 - Present
  • Prince George's County Personnel Board, Appointed Member, 1982 - 1986
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Nominee for Treasurer, 1997 - 1998
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Current member and past president

Past Employment Positions

  • Private Practitioner, 1984 - 1993
  • Trial Court's Judicial Nominating Commission, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Appointed Member, 1988 - 1990
  • Blue Ribbon Commission for Public Safety and Community Relations Prince George's County, Appointed Member, 1989
  • Knight, Manzi, sothoron & Brennan - Upper Marlboro, Partner, 1980 - 1984
  • Trial Court's Judicial Nominating Commission, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Appointed Member, 1979 - 1983
  • Shipley, Knight, Manzi & Zanecki - Upper Marlboro, Partner, 1978 - 1979
  • DePaul, Willoner & Kenkel - College Park, Associate/Partner, 1974 - 1978
  • Prince George's County, Assistant State's Attorney, 1970 - 1973
  • Maryland Department of Juvenile Services - Upper Marlboro, Juvenile Probation Officer, 1970
  • Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Deputy Courtroom Clerk, 1966 - 1969
  • Assistant State’s Attorney, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office