A native of Sumter, South Carolina, Richard began his public service when he joined the United States Navy after graduating from high school. Richard served for over a decade in the Navy’s nuclear engineering program where he was able to appreciate the world beyond America’s borders. While in the Navy, Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering as well as a Liberal Arts degree thus becoming the first college graduate in his family.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Richard attended the University of South Carolina (the "real" USC) School of Law in Columbia, SC. While at USC, Richard served as an intern in the South Carolina State Senate Judiciary where he helped to craft many important laws and regulations. This experience gave him remarkable insight into how the law can help or hurt its citizens. Richard was also selected as the Managing Editor of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal.
After graduation, Richard chose to take his education and experience back home to Sumter where he joined the Clark Law Firm representing individuals and families. There, Richard gained invaluable strategic and trial experience by working with some of South Carolina’s best jurists and attorneys. Richard gain immense satisfaction from helping those he grew up with as well as those who watched him grow.
Richard and his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008 and after successfully passing another bar exam he obtained a license to practice in that state as well. Shortly thereafter, he joined a legal defense firm where he represented businesses and insurance companies throughout the country. That experience has provided Richard with a unique perspective on defense strategies and practices designed to take away or reduce benefits to injured or aggrieved people. After a while, Richard realized that his skills, wealth of knowledge, and conscience were better served by representing individuals. That calling urged him to start The Turner Law Firm where he stands ready to assist you.