Carol T. Richards


Carol T. Richards is recognized as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the Louisiana
State Board of Legal Specialization.

She received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from the Tulane University School of Law in 1982
and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar the same year.  During law school, Carol Richards was
Research Assistant to Professor A. N. Yiannopoulos.  She was acknowledged for her assistance
with the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on Property (2d ed.), the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on
Personal Servitudes, and three editions of the Louisiana Civil Code.

Her undergraduate degree is from Louisiana State University, and she also has an M.A. from the
University of Texas at Austin.

Carol has had an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell from 1988 through the present.  And in 2010, she was designated AV Preeminent - The Highest Possible Rating by Martindale Hubbell. 

In 1989 Carol Richards was appointed to the Louisiana Supreme Court Task Force on Women in
the Courts, which body rendered its final report in 1992.  She is a past chair of the Family Law 
Section of the Louisiana Association of Justice and a past-president of  the Association for 
Women Attorneys in New Orleans (AWA).  She was awarded a lifetime membership to the AWA for
service to that organization.  For the last four years, Carol Richards has been a member of the 
Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics Advisory Service Subcommittee, as well as  the 
Louisiana State Bar Committee for Continuing Legal Education.

Carol Richards has been named one of the top 50 Family Law practitioners and a Louisiana 
Super Lawyer for the years  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.  In 2007, she was named one of the 
Top 25 Women Lawyers in the State of Louisiana, another Super Lawyer award. In 2009, New
Orleans Magazine named her one of the Top Lawyers in the New Orleans area in the field of 
Family Law. 

Carol has been a member the Louisiana State Law Institute Committee on Child Custody since 
2009.  She is also a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the 22nd Judicial District Bar Association and its Family Law Section.  

Since 1990 Carol Richards has practiced law with her husband, Alan B. Tusa.  Their law firm, 
Tusa & Richards, LLC, is located in Covington, Louisiana.