judge trunnell

5th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge

Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Associate Judge appointed January 2020.

Private Practice

  • Trunnell Law LLC, Crofton, Maryland, 2010-2020
  • Whitworth & Trunnell, P.A., Crofton, Maryland, 1993-2010
  • Law Offices of Richard R. Trunnell, Crofton, Maryland, 1993-1996
  • Wilson, Goozman, Bernstein and Markuski, Laurel, Maryland, 1993-1996

Assistant State's Attorney

  • Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 1988 – 1993

Judicial Internships/Clerkships

  • The Honorable Calvin R. Sanders, Associate Judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Maryland, Rockville, Maryland, Judicial Law Clerk 1987-1988
  • Miller, Miller and Canby, P.C., Rockville, Maryland, Law Clerk, 1986-1987
  • The Honorable Norman P. Ramsey, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, Judicial Internship 1986


  • May 1987 University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctor
    Activities: Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade; Class of 1987 Representative to the Honor Board
  • May 1984 Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals, Maryland 1987
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2012

Professional and Civic Activities/Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission 2015-2019
  • Maryland Judiciary Juvenile Justice Standards and Training Workgroup, 2016 to Present
  • Member, Family and Juvenile Law Council of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), 2015 to 2018
  • Co-Chairperson of the Legislative Affairs Committee for the Family and Juvenile Law Section Counsel of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), 2016 to 2017
  • Author, “How Well Does the System Serve Our Kids? A View of Juvenile Justice in 2016, Maryland Bar Journal, Volume XLIX, No. 5, September/October 2016
  • Best Interest and Privilege Attorney for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
  • Pro Bono Domestic Violence Attorney for the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
  • Instructor “Hot Tips in Family Law” MSBA CLE 2016
  • Instructor “Representing Children in Juvenile Court” MSBA CLE 2016
  • Instructor on Complex Issues for Best Interest Attorneys, Anne Arundel Community College, 2012
  • Trained Mediator since 1995 and on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel Circuit Court Custody/Visitation and Property Panel since 2012 and Non-Domestic Panel since 2016
  • Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Anne Arundel County Chapter 1998-2000