RICO Law Attorneys

RICO Attorneys – Orange County, California

Lanza & Smith, PLC, has enjoyed unique success in cases involving civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act). Here are some examples:

In Orange County, California, Lanza & Smith successfully defended a multi-million dollar federal RICO lawsuit, obtaining a unanimous jury verdict for all defendants. The case was captioned Arrow Electronics v. Martin, venued in the Central District of California, pursuant to which plaintiff alleged over $6 million in total damages. But, the jury ruled in favor of all of Lanza & Smith’s clients, concluding that plaintiff had failed to establish liability under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.


Lanza & Smith has also utilized RICO to obtain favorable settlements for our clients in appropriate cases.

The Recorder, a California legal periodical, published an article authorized by Partner Brodie Smith addressing RICO.Contact Lanza & Smith to meet your civil RICO needs.

In 2017, Lanza & Smith successfully defeated a federal RICO lawsuit filed by the largest importer of Chinese garlic against several garlic farmers and exporters / distributors of garlic in China and the US. The RICO lawsuit was filed in 2016 by Harmoni in federal court in LA, and was dismissed as to 7 defendants by Judge O’Connell one year thereafter based on a motion to dismiss filed by Lanza & Smith (which was later reversed in part by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals). The lawsuit was thus partially revived, but was dismissed in 2020 as to all remaining defendants. The circumstances resulting in this lawsuit have been documented in the “Garlic Breath” episode of a Netflix original documentary series known as “Rotten.”

A Wide Array of RICO Related Claims

We can represent you or your business in a wide array of claims that frequently are filed in conjunction with RICO litigation, including:

  • Fraud
  • Unfair competition / unfair business practices
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Intentional interference with business relations
  • Unjust enrichment / conversion
  • Conspiracy
  • Contractual disputes

Contact Lanza & Smith: Southern California RICO Lawyers

We offer business-oriented legal representation to resolve civil disputes under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). To arrange a consultation with an Irvine, California, lawyer, contact us online or call 949-221-0490.

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