When attorney and new author Solange Ritchie isn’t practicing law, you can usually find her penning her next legal thriller. Solange’s first psychological thriller, The Burning Man, featuring FBI forensic pathologist, Dr. Catherine (“Cat”) Powers will hit book stores on September 15, 2015. Published by Morgan James Publishing, The Burning Man promises to have you on the edge of your seat from the first page.
Born in the beautiful tropical island of Jamaica of a Jamaican father and a French mother, Solange immigrated to the US at age 11. Since then, she has been a dynamic force for change. Fed up with thrillers that start with a fizzle and longing to see more power women as lead characters, Solange decided to create her own characters. Despite the demands of a busy legal career with her husband, Steve Young, she accomplished her ambitious goal by rising each morning to write before work, dedicating her weekends to writing and even spending her vacation time writing.
Words have always been Solange’s passion. Now so, more than ever.
Solange has achieved a successful writing career while working hand in hand with her husband doing “last minute trials” mostly in Southern California. Dubbed “the Case Saver,” Solange does the “heavy lifting,” handling intense legal motions that either make or break a case, especially in business, labor and employment law areas. Once the cases get beyond that point, they either settle or they go to trial. Her husband, Steve, has successfully defended and prosecuted over 175 jury trials, many times against huge firms, with amazing multi-million dollar results. So Solange and Steve make the perfect one two punch. With a Bachelor in Telecommunications BA from the University of Florida, Solange’s passion for writing has always been clear.
Solange just learned that she is to receive the State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Section’s highest award, the Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award for 2014. The award will be presented at the State Bar convention in San Diego on Sept. 12, 2014. Only one attorney is selected for this honor each year. The Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has exercised notable leadership or contributed to the development of greater justice in a field of law. The award is presented annually to an individual who is a sole practitioner or a member of a small firm and who has devoted years of faithful service and leadership to the community or his or her fellow attorneys. To be eligible, the individual must be a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California.
One of 11,000 plus graduates of Western State University College of Law, Solange was recently inducted into the Western State University College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame. While in law school, Solange rose through the law review ranks to become Editor In Chief, while working full time as a paralegal. When people told her it couldn’t be done, she did it anyway. Solange has always been tenacious. Her personal motto is “Don’t quit and never surrender.”
When Solange was just 37 years old, her first husband died due to gross medical negligence at a Southern California hospital. That life-altering experience helped shape her to the person she is today. She began writing creatively as a way to deal with the stress of his hospitalization and his death.
With a passion for philanthropic work (stemming from growing up with an older brother with Down’s Syndrome and John’s death), Solange serves on numerous charities and legal boards, including The California Women Lawyers Association, The Orange County Bar Association, The Orange County Women Lawyers Association, The Orange County Trial lawyers Association, The Community Court’s Foundation and El Viento.
Solange’s magazine articles are too numerous to list. They include Employers’ Liability for Punitive Damages: The California Supreme Court Defines “Managing Agent” Under California Civil Code Section 3294(b) (2003), Consumer Protection: The Trend Towards Finding Unconscionability in Arbitration Agreements (2007), Finding the Smoking Gun: A Hands-on Guide to Dealing with Electronic Discovery (2007), Can You Bet With a Sicilian When Death Is On the Line? What’s New and Hot in Anti- SLAPP (2010) and The Case Against Dispositive Motions in Limine Part 1 and 2 (2011 and 2012). Solange’s other articles and her legal presentations can be found at her legal website – www.solangeritchielaw.com.
She regularly publishes and speaks to both attorneys and law students on areas such as punitive damages, civil procedure, diversity and gender equality, and finding fulfillment and balance in the busy practice of law. Solange lives in the Southern California area where she shares a house with her husband and two dogs who are the true masters of the house. She enjoys traveling, writing, Pilates and yoga, as well as good food and great conversation.