Andrea Lucero is a paralegal at our Long Beach Office with over 22 years of experience working in many different legal fields. Andrea is well versed in family law, civil litigation, corporate law, criminal law, and is quickly gaining experience in SKT’s immigration practice. She loves putting her multifaceted talents and years of experience to work for the various needs of our valued clients. Andrea is an integral part of the SKT family.
- National Notary Association
Having lived in Germany for 15 years of her life, Andrea speaks fluent German. She is also a skilled photographer and has been serving as a Notary Public for over 16 years.Read More
Kylie Wood joined the SKT family in May 2018 as the Long Beach receptionist. In addition to her receptionist duties, Ms. Wood assists in the organization, maintenance, and closing of our client files. She is also an integral part of SKT’s marketing department where she completes the design and ordering of SKT’s marketing materials, the organization of charity events and company parties, client/attorney outreaches, and trade shows, and much more. She is also responsible for overseeing SKT’s online/social media presence.
Ms. Wood graduated from Los Alamitos High School where she took several classes on fire technology, emergency medical response, and sports medicine. She was yearbook editor in her senior year. Because of her exemplary amount of volunteer hours and service to her community, she was awarded a cord of honor at her graduation.
On a Personal Note:
Ms. Wood grew up in Orange County and moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend college. She lived there for three years, then moved back to Southern California to raise her daughter. She enjoys painting, cooking, as well as being outdoors and sightseeing.Read More
Celia Flippin is a Paralegal in our Long Beach office. Ms. Flippin graduated from PLATT College, in Cerritos, California, in 1997, receiving an Associates of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies.
She joined SKT in 2017 with over 20 years experience in assisting attorneys in legal matters with a specialization in civil litigation. She has quickly become an invaluable member of the SKT family.
Biography / Experience:
Chris Wong has over 20 years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts. Mr. Wong has handled cases from inception to discovery through final resolution, if not by settlement, then by dispositive motion, trial, or appeal. Chris has extensive experience with special motions to strike (aka “anti-SLAPP” motions) at both the trial and appellate levels. Before coming to SKT, Mr. Wong spent over a decade handling professional liability defense cases involving a wide range of underlying matters including business and commercial law, family law, intellectual property, trust and estate planning, immigration law, and corporate transactions.
- B.A., Claremont McKenna College
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- State Bar of California
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit
Joseph S. Schuchert is a Partner at Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP. Mr. Schuchert joined the firm in 2015, following more than thirty years in the practice of law. Mr. Schuchert has a substantial background in securities law, having served as a principal in a private equity fund, a hedge fund, and a family investment office. Throughout his career, Mr. Schuchert has also been a partner in several law firms dedicated to the representation of financial services firms and their principals.
Experience and Trials:
Mr. Schuchert continues his emphasis on securities and corporate law, representing corporations and their founders in a broad range of corporate and litigation matters. Mr. Schuchert has tried to conclusion more than ninety trials or arbitrations. He is also regularly engaged to represent corporations and their founders in connection with formation, the raising of capital, the purchase or sale of assets, and Board of Directors’ best practices.
In 2017, Mr. Schuchert was appointed as a law lecturer at UC Irvine School of Law, teaching “Alternative Investments- Diverse Legal Issues in an Expanding Asset Class.”
Charitable and Personal:
Mr. Schuchert resides in Southern California with his wife in close proximity to their four adult children. They are passionate in their support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and are members of the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital, a group solely dedicated to raising money for CHLA. They also support and volunteer in connection with Las Floristas and its various programs benefiting Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.Read More
Kristi Quynh Ngo manages SKT’s Immigration Practice Group. She specializes in EB-5 investments, various employment-based visa categories, and family-based immigration matters. Ms. Ngo represents foreign investors in obtaining U.S. permanent residency through Regional Center and direct EB-5 investment. She also advises businesses on regional center formations and ensures immigration law compliance.
Ms. Ngo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. She subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law with an emphasis in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
Ms. Ngo is a member of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
- Extensive experience in assisting individuals and companies in various employment-based and investment-based immigration matters, including L-1 intracompany transferee visas and EB-5 investment visas.
- Helps hundreds of families unite through family-based petitions and appellate-related work.
- Drafts rebuttals, appellate briefs, and motions to reconsider or reopen USCIS decisions.
- Knowledgeable in the adjustment of status and consular processing.
- Successful defense of clients before the Immigration Court in deportation and removal actions.
- Has represented foreign beneficiaries whose United States relative sponsors passed away before receipt of immigrant statuses resulting in humanitarian re-statement of immigration petitions and green cards for all beneficiaries.
- Advised and assisted foreign beneficiaries on challenging the admissibility of immigration-based misrepresentations and criminal history.
- Speaks at various conferences and seminars on I-526 petitions and source of funds issues, developments on EB-5 adjudication, and alternative visa options.
- Has litigated numerous marital dissolution, paternity, and domestic violence actions.
- Represented a spouse in a marital dissolution action involving over a million dollars in assets, which resulted in a favorable settlement with permanent spousal support and no reimbursement for Watts charges and Epstein credits.
- Represented owner of a national technology company accused of breach of contract and fraud, resulting in a favorable settlement for less than 10% of the damages sought.
- Represented defendant in a conversion action involving high compensatory and punitive damages, which resulted in the dismissal of the case with prejudice at the demurrer stage.
- Co-author, “House of Gold: Documenting Property-Related Source of Funds for Vietnamese Investors,” EB5 Investors Magazine.
- Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California.
- California Bar
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
Kendya Wyatt is a Paralegal at our office in Long Beach, California. Ms. Wyatt handles many cases across the spectrum of Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Family Law. After her seven-year career as a Customer Services Supervisor at the Consumer Resource Network, she obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Charter College. Ms. Wyatt began with the firm as a File Clerk and was promoted to Paralegal in 2015. She handles SKT’s Personal Injury cases as well as some Family Law cases and serves as a highly valued member of our team. Mrs. Wyatt has also served as a Notary Public since February 2016.
In her spare time, Ms. Wyatt enjoys watching and playing basketball with her husband of fourteen years.Read More
Phoebe Ortega is a Legal Assistant in our Los Angeles County office. As Legal Assistant, Phoebe is our Immigration Team’s right hand. She assists with everything from filing petitions/exhibits, writing first drafts, to maintaining client documents. Phoebe can seamlessly handle any task that’s thrown her direction.
Phoebe is incredibly smart, creative, and hardworking, and enjoys being a part of the Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP (SKT) team because everyone has a caring and positive attitude toward each other, the clients, and everyone else who walks through our doors.Read More
Controller & HR Manager
Ms. Alvarez brings her professionalism and work ethic to us from California State University, Long Beach where she obtained a degree in finance. Ms. Alvarez’s role at Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner,LLP is as the Human Resources Manager and Bookkeeper.
Ms. Alvarez’s role is vital to the operation of the firm as she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of Human Resources and Bookkeeping. Additional to the importance of her occupation, her spirited demeanor is appreciated as her daily energy invigorates the staff with a positive outlook, which helps our staff perform at its best.Read More
Eliot F. Krieger is a founding partner of Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP (“SKT”). Mr. Krieger has over 25 years of trial experience and is regarded as one of the top litigators in Southern California. Mr. Krieger oversees the firm’s international offices, regularly traveling between the U.S., Vietnam, and the Philippines. Additionally, Mr. Krieger has associated and consulted with attorneys and law firms in the Philippines for over a decade on various legal issues from criminal defense to assist in negotiating land deals for Philippine corporations.
Mr. Krieger’s extensive trial experience comes from his years at one of the most prestigious Los Angeles law firms, a major international law firm and as an Assistant United States Attorney. During his time in the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Krieger oversaw all federal immigration-related cases for the Central District of California and ran the Los Angeles County Immigration Task Force which coordinated local, state and federal immigration fraud prosecution and assisted immigrants and non-immigrants seeking immigration status in Los Angeles County.
Mr. Krieger has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Southern California and has been recognized as one of the Top One Percent of Attorneys in America. He has also been honored by the FBI for his prosecution of fraud and corruption. In addition, Mr. Krieger has been appointed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Harvard Law School
J.D. / Cum Laude
The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
B.A. / Magna Cum Laude
- Present high profile politician’s wife charged in Federal District Court with money laundering millions of dollars. Resulted in probationary sentence.
- Represented defendant accused of money laundering and structuring 6 million dollars. Resulted in civil compromise with no criminal prosecution.
- Represented defendant accused of using a false passport and aiding a fugitive by the federal government Resulted in no prosecution.
- Represented defendant accused by the US Attorneys Office of misusing millions of dollars of charity money and money from government grants. Resulted in no prosecution.
- Represented defendant accused of sale of millions of dollars of precursor chemicals to methamphetamines, facing over twenty years under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Resulted in 3 1/2 year sentence.
- United States Department of Justice: Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section
- Prosecuted white-collar crime. Cases included public corruption, money-laundering, health care fraud, HUD fraud and immigration fraud.
- Prosecuted and tried only case in the Central District that convicted defendant of money-laundering for the purposes of tax evasion.
- United States v. Sorochkin (weapons);
- United States v. Batista (bank fraud, identity theft);
- United States v. Ramirez-Molina (immigration);
- United States v. Boujaoude (passport fraud);
- United States v. Laser Eye Center (health care fraud);
- United States v. Greybor Medical Transportation (fraud, money
- laundering, tax evasion)
- Received award from FBI for Laser Eye Center prosecution.
- Served as Indian Crimes Coordinator and Tribal Liaison for the Central District of California. Coordinated all tribal issues involving the United States Attorney’s Office arising in the Central District of California.
- Served as Immigration Fraud Coordinator
- Headed Department of Justice pilot program designed to effectively prosecute fraud crimes perpetrated against undocumented aliens.
- Served as member of Immigration Fraud Task Force
- Served as chairperson of multi-jurisdictional task force targeting fraud perpetrated by immigration consultants and attorneys. Law enforcement members of the task force included representatives from the United States
- Attorney’s Office—Los Angeles County; the District Attorney’s Office—City of Los Angeles; the California Attorney General’s Office; the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the California State Bar. Full task force also included non-law enforcement groups, including the Mexican American Bar Association, the Coalition for Human Rights, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and a US Immigration Courts judge.
- International Business Experience
- Worked with local counsel in negotiating several land deals regarding structuring of foreign investment in the Philippines.
- Advised and negotiated real estate deals for various Philippine corporations including:
- Cambridge Real Estate Corporation
- Orsal Development Corporation
- Eco-Alternative Building Concepts Corp.
- Developed and arranged funding for three townhouse complexes near Clark, Philippines
Lectures and Classes:
- White Collar Crime, Adjunct Professor / Instructor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
- “Thinking about Thinking: Integrating Law, Philosophy & Science”, Teaching Fellow / Instructor, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Philosophy, Visiting Assistant Professor (Part-Time), University of Maryland at Baltimore County
- “Government Investigations: I-9s, LCAs, and Other Immigration-Related Investigations”, 16th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Chapter
- “Remarks on Federal Law Enforcement in Indian Country within the Central District of California”, Tribal and State Law Enforcement Summit, Rancho Mirage, California
- Civil Enforcement of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act”, Federal Bureau of Investigation Conference on Gambling. Las Vegas, Nevada
- Rifts Over RFRA: Divergent Approaches to the Free Exercise Clause”, Southern California Philosophy Conference, University of California Irvine, California
- “The Utility of a Philosophy Degree for Lawyers”, California State University, Long Beach Pre-Law Program, Long Beach, California
- “Protected Expression: Towards a Speaker-Oriented Theory”, 73 Denver Law Review 69
- The Court Declines in Fairness: Teague v. Lane”, 25 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 184
- Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem