Lanza & Smith, PLC

Lanza & Smith
A Professional Law Corporation

3 Park Plaza, Suite 1650
Irvine, CA 92614
949-221-0490
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Sample Victories

Arrow v. McCauley, Heppy, et al.: Defense verdict
(2009 federal trial) (Trials Digest summary - PDF file)

Lanza & Smith successfully defended a $6.5 million lawsuit, on behalf of 3 defendants, pursuant to a unanimous jury trial verdict in federal court in 2009. The lawsuit was premised upon federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act) and related business torts.

Fipps v. Western Tax Services: $700,000 result
(2009 class action settlement)

Lanza & Smith negotiated a $700,000 settlement award for a class of 275 victims of accounting fraud scheme by acquiring proceeds seized by federal prosecutors in resolution of 4 separate lawsuits (federal and state) litigated from 2003 through 2009.

Kern Delta Water District v. Lopez: Dismissal judgment
(2007 judgment of dismissal)

Lanza & Smith defeated the government's efforts to condemn a client's land through an eminent domain lawsuit, including an award for legal fees & costs, pursuant to summary bench trial filings and notice of abandonment, thereby preserving a 77 acre family farm valued at roughly $2.5 million.

Beaudet v. Western Pacific: $700,000 award
(2007 settlement)

Lanza & Smith earned a $700,000 settlement award for several victims in sophisticated real estate non-disclosure, fraud, and unfair competition lawsuit relating to a hazardous waste facility.

Martin v. Arrow Electronics: $1.5 million jury verdict
(2006 federal trial) (Trials Digest summary - PDF file)

Lanza & Smith obtained a $1.5 million jury trial verdict on behalf of its client, plus award for recovery of attorney fees and legal costs, which ultimately resulted in a $1.74 million judgment. It was the second largest federal trial verdict in all of Orange County in 2006, and has been published in multiple jury verdict sheets.

J&L Grace L.P. and McCauslan v. Kennihans, et al.: Defense judgment
(2005 summary judgment)

Lanza & Smith obtained a judgment in favor of its clients (defendants), plus award for recovery of attorney fees, defeating $1.6 million lawsuit in sophisticated real estate litigation premised largely on breach of purchase & sale contracts.

Confidential Settlement – 2012

Lanza & Smith obtained a $1.5 million settlement recovery for it clients in resolution of civil litigation under a confidential settlement.

Confidential Settlement – 2013

Lanza & Smith obtained a $1.35 million settlement recovery for its client in resolution of a business litigation dispute in federal court in the Central District of California, Southern Division (Santa Ana), under a confidential settlement.


Lanza & Smith, a Professional Law Corporation, is based in Irvine, California, and represents clients across Southern California, including Irvine, Newport, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange, Tustin, Anaheim, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Westminster, Riverside, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo; and Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.