Richard S. deSaulles

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Attorney Richard S. deSaulles
Richard is proud to call American Samoa his home and to serve the people and businesses of American Samoa.
Richard deSaulles grew up in suburban Long Island, New York before moving to California where he graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., Political Science). After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, Richard earned a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Southern California School of Law. While in Law School, Richard authored a scholarly dissertation under the supervision of USC Professor and Fox News legal and political analyst Susan Estrich.

After graduating law school, Richard worked as a Division Chief in the Monterey Office of the County Counsel before founding his solo law practice in 2008. Richard spent six years as a Law Professor at the Monterey College of Law, where he taught courses in Legal Writing and Legal Remedies. Until 2014, Richard was an active member of the California State Bar and he served as a Panel Attorney for the California Parole Advocacy Project and as a member of a local citizens' oversight committee. Richard's solo practice litigated civil rights and personal injury cases in both federal and state courts in Northern and Southern California, and he succeeded in obtaining substantial settlements for accident and police brutality victims and their families.

In 2012, Richard seized an unusual and exciting opportunity to practice law on the beautiful Island of Tutuila in American Samoa. Richard joined the well-established and highly reputable law firm of Ashley & Associates as an associate attorney, but was promoted to Managing Attorney the following year. The 2017 re-branding of Ashley & Associates as RDA Law Firm has been undertaken under the leadership and management of Mr. deSaulles.

Richard is the current President of the American Samoa Bar Association, and he previously served as its Treasurer from 2013 until 2015. Since 2013, Richard has also volunteered his time to teach classes and to serve as Treasurer and Board Member of Pacific Horizons School, where Richard is currently serving as the Board Chairman. Since 2015, Richard has also served Hope House American Samoa as a member of the Board of Directors. Richard has always showed a commitment to serving his local community, and he is proud to continue to serve the people of American Samoa.

Richard's wife is a former teacher at Pacific Horizons School, where their two children attend. The deSaulles family, who originally travelled to American Samoa for a two-year adventure, have enjoyed living in American Samoa for over five years with no plans to leave American Samoa any time soon. They truly enjoy "island life" and serving the wonderful people and businesses of American Samoa.

Practice Focus

RDA Law Firm is a general practice firm, providing legal services in the areas of business and civil litigation, collections, corporate law, and admiralty & maritime law. We also help local and foreign businesses obtain business licenses in order to conduct business in the Territory.

Notable Cases

Gao v. Shi, District Court Case No. 10-16 (October 2016).
WH Fisheries Inc. v. Carol Linda, et al., High Court Case No. 40-15 (August 2016).
Nomura v. Jones, High Court Case No. 50-06 (August 2016).
Conference of Samoan Adventist Church (American Samoa), Inc. v. Ekalesia Asofitu Tuto’atasi I Amerika Samoa, Inc., High Court Case No. 02-15 (September 2015).
In re: The Claim for Workmens’ Comp. Benefits by Leuena Mose, ALJ Case No. 03-2010 (May 2015).
Hart v. Hart, FDADR No. 02-14 & DR No. 31-14 (Fam. Drug & Alcohol Div. September 2014).
Johnson v. City of San Diego, et al., U.S. Dist. Court Case No. 07cv0570 JAH (AJB) (S.D. Calif. 2012).
Alomar v. City of San Diego, et al., U.S. Dist. Court Case No. 09cv1853 JAH (WVG) (S.D. Calif. 2012).
Ladou v. City of Chula Vista, et al., U.S. Dist. Court Case No. 09cv1438 (S.D. Calif. 2009).
People v. Ladou, Cal. Sup. Court Case No. SCS220855 (South San Diego 2008).


Key Note Address, Pacific Horizons High School Commencement Ceremony, American Samoa, May 2013.
“Unconstitutional Jessica’s Law Leaves Thousands of Registered Sex Offenders With Nowhere To Live.” October 2011.
“Challenges and Pitfalls of Representing Mentally Ill Parolees At California Parole Commission Hearings.” June 2011.
“Gang Culture in California Prisons: Setting Prisoners Up for Parole Failure.” January 2011.
“Application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct to the Office of the County Counsel.” Presented at the Monterey Office of the County Counsel for the California State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, Salinas, California, June 2008.
“The Female Infertility Dilemma: The Prevalence of Infertility in America and the Violations of Equal Protection and the Americans With Disabilities Act Blocking Access to Treatment.” May 2003.
“Megan’s Law: Circumventing the Constitution to Protect Our Children.” May 2000.
“The Berkeley Experience: How to Gain Admission to U.C. Berkeley and How to Thrive at Cal.” Numerous presentations, 1998 – 2000.


University of Southern California (USC) School of Law (Juris Doctor/J.D.)
University of California, Berkeley (B.A./Political Science)


2012 – present    American Samoa Bar Association, Member since 2012
2008 – 2014        California State Bar, Member (currently inactive)

Professional Associations and Memberships

2017 – present    President, American Samoa Bar Association
2016 – present    Board Chairman, Pacific Horizons School
2016 – present    Board Member, Hope House American Samoa
2015                      Coach, American Samoa Youth Soccer
2013 – 2016         Treasurer, Pacific Horizons School
2013 – 2015         Treasurer, American Samoa Bar Association
2012 – 2013         Member, American Samoa Committee for the Amendment of the Rules of                                                           Civil Procedure
2007 – 2008        Coach/League Manager, PG Pony Youth Baseball
2006 – 2011        Member, Pacific Grove Unified School District Measure D Citizen’s                                                                         Oversight Committee, California

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