Bart Kaspero is one of Orange Counties Top trial attorneys with an outstanding reputation in litigation. He has successfully tried many complex criminal cases. Mr. Kaspero’s expertise also includes international trade and commerce, crypto-currency, cannabis law matters, and blockchain programming.
Mr. Kaspero attended the University of California in Irvine (UCI) for Clinical Psychology, studying human memory, personality theory, and social dynamics. He graduated with Cum Laude Honors and a Bachelors degree in Clinical Psychology. Shortly after graduating, Mr. Kaspero eagerly accepted an employment offer from E*Trade. After his time with the company, he left and headed for Chapman School of Law in sunny Orange County, California. During his time at Chapman, he clerked for Hon. Judge Ngo T. Nguyen (ret.) in the West Justice Center for the CA Superior Court. Mr. Kaspero interned with the City Attorney’s office for Newport Beach where he earned trademark and copyright certifications.
Mr. Kaspero used his leadership skills and reputable legal skills to manage a consulting firm representing and assisting Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese owned businesses in obtaining commercial licenses. His scope of work included conditional use permits, general plan amendments, zoning amendments, building code violations, ABC licensing, and many other difficult obstacles faced by international businesses.
Mr. Kaspero’s career began in Riverside County as a state-appointed attorney litigating both felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict. As a result of this job, in just one year led 15+ trials that concluded with full acquittals and hung verdicts for his clients. Mr. Kaspero has been in private practice for the last 12 years.
In 2016, Mr. Kaspero earned special certification in BI/DW from UCI. More specifically, by definition ‘the term Business Intelligence (BI) refers to technologies, applications and practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business information.’ Doing this eventually led him to develop numerous data mining and analytical tools. He then wrote and published research papers in several journals related to his criminal record privacy and data warehouse knowledge.
Presently, Mr. Kaspero utilizes his expertise in international customs/tariffs laws to navigate compliance, minimize duties owed, and mitigate penalties imposed on importers. Mr. Kaspero’s efforts to guide the firm’s current and potential clients through the cutting-edge and ever-changing world of international trade/innovative businesses are an extremely valuable resource to SKT.
SuperLawyers Magazine Rising Star: 2008, 2009, and 2013 through 2017.
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (NTLA): 2015 through 2018.
Nation’s Top One Percent: 2015 through 2018.
International Technology Law Association, Antitrust, Privacy, Unfair Practices section of the CA state bar, and is involved with the Dean’s Leadership Society of UCI’s award-winning social sciences alumni program.
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
Tanya Stewart is a Paralegal in our Orange County office. She received her certificate in Paralegal Studies from Charter College in 2013. Before graduating, she completed her internship at a well-regarded Family/Immigration Law Firm where she was later offered to work as a Contract Paralegal/Interpreter. In 2014, Ms. Stewart started working at an Immigration/Estate Planning Law Firm, where she acted as the liaison between the attorneys and their clients. Her ability to speak Spanish as well as English gives her the opportunity to translate for our Spanish-speaking clients. Tanya loves being a part of the Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP team because she enjoys making a difference in our clients’ lives.
On a Personal Note:
In her free time, Ms. Stewart enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children hiking new trails and taking in gorgeous views.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
In Memoriam of Charles T. Spagnola (August 13, 1957 – July 12, 2017)
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and partner Charles T. Spagnola. Mr. Spagnola was a world-class lawyer and founding partner of Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola, & Klausner, LLP (SKT). He made immense contributions to SKT and his clients during his lifetime, and was highly respected both within the firm and by his peers. Since the inception of SKT, Charles applied his extraordinary talent and exemplary leadership in countless ways: as a formidable advocate for clients, an inspiring mentor to many, and a strong practice leader. Chuck was widely known for his spirit and eloquence as a trial lawyer who brought his enthusiasm into the courtroom and mesmerized juries.
Mr. Spagnola maintained a robust practice in civil litigation and criminal defense that focused on representing corporations and business professionals in complex contractual disputes, real estate transactions, copyright and trademark litigation, international trade disputes, commercial leasing and acquisition, and white-collar crime. He also had significant experience in trade secret misappropriation and governmental regulatory matters. Charles took more than 100 matters to a jury trial and had advanced skills in alternative dispute resolution, litigation management, organization, negotiation and strategic planning.
Mr. Spagnola received several honors throughout his career including Martindale-Hubble® Law Directory’s highest national peer review rating of “AV” and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He was also appointed a judicial hearing officer for the City of Long Beach and Los Angeles Superior Court (2003), certified for civil non-jury trials and unlawful detainers. (2005).
Charles’s many accomplishments and service to SKT have left an enduring imprint on our firm. We will miss Chuck greatly and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Past Professional Affiliations:
• State Bar of California
• Los Angeles Bar Association
• Long Beach Bar Association
• State Bar of California
• U.S. District Court (Central, Eastern & Southern Districts of California)
• U.S. District Court of Arkansas (Western & Eastern Districts)
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
• Licensed California Real Estate Broker
• South Bay Association of Realtors
• California Association of Realtors®
• National Association of Realtors
Past Representative Clients:
• Berg-Nelson Company
• Saigon Communications, Inc. (Saigon TV)
• Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange
• Clevis Management Group, Inc.
• Absolute Graphic Technology – USA, Inc
• Toca, LLP
• Diamond Drapery Company, Inc.
• Diamond Drapery Installation, Inc.
• Spec-Tex, Inc.
• Soccers Elite Corp.
Past Charitable Interests and Community Service:
• Mr. Spagnola served as the secretary on the Julius Sumner Miller Foundation Board of Trustees, an organization dedicated to helping the elderly.Read More
Elizabeth Johnson has a strong civil background and has spent the last 17 years in the family law arena. She has extensive knowledge of family law issues, especially child support cases involving the Department of Child Support Services.
Ms. Johnson is a highly regarded member of Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP’s family law team, and has been with the firm since 2009. You will find that her competence, compassion, and tenacity will serve you well during a difficult time. She is committed to her clients, bringing integrity and professionalism to all areas of law.
- University of California San Diego La Jolla, California B.A. in Political Science (graduated 3/1995)
- University of San Diego School of Law San Diego, California J.D. (graduated 12/2000)
- Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section
- Long Beach Bar Association Family Law Section
- Whittier Bar Association (Past President)
- Carolyn J. Martin’s Family Law Study Group
- BNI Top Producers (President 2018-2019)
- Three years with the San Diego Department of Child Support Services
- Fourteen plus years in Family Law (including Dissolutions of Marriage; Paternity; Custody; Child Support; Spousal Support; complex Property Issues; and Post-Judgment Matters)
- Daily Settlement Officer, Whittier Court, 11/2018 to present
Honors & Awards:
- Alec L. Cory Pro Bono Award Foundation of the State Bar of California Scholarship Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
- AVVO 10-Star Rating
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
On a Personal Note:
Ms. Johnson grew up in North Orange County and spent twenty years in San Diego before moving back to this area. Ms. Johnson and her husband, Jason, are the proud parents of three spoiled cats. Ms. Johnson enjoys slowly running half-marathons, traveling, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.Read More
Robin D. Cowley is a seasoned family law paralegal at our Orange County Office. With over 25 years of experience working in the legal field, Robin is well versed in all areas of family law including divorce, alimony, child custody, visitation, child support, paternity, domestic violence, legal separation, adoption, and modifications.
Her favorite part of being a family law paralegal at Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP is helping our clients through their difficult time. Robin is appreciated by her clients for her ability to ease the stress of worrying about deadlines, procedure, daily issues, and tasks off their shoulders, and keeping them informed while navigating them through the complex waters of family law.
Robin D. Cowley began her career in the legal field in 1981 as a Witness Coordinator for the Victim/Witness Program in the Orange County Courts. Robin obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services from Cal State University, Fullerton and later went on to earn her Paralegal Certificate from Orange Coast College. Robin also serves as a Notary Public.
- Cal State University, Fullerton – Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services
- Orange Coast College – Paralegal Certificate
Karl Truong is a partner of Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP (“SKT”) and oversees the firm’s International Practice Group. He focuses on international business transactions, business litigation, intellectual property, and immigration.
Mr. Truong is highly regarded for his expertise in guiding businesses into the U.S. market and foreign investment projects into Asia. His robust involvement working closely with domestic and foreign government officials and agencies dates back to his time in Washington, D.C. Mr. Truong routinely acts for clients doing business internationally, assisting them with corporate expansions & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and copyright & trademark defense. Furthermore, he assists his clients with their immigration needs, whether it be L1 or EB-1 visas for his corporate clients or the EB-5 visa for individual investors and their families. Mr. Truong regularly rotates through SKT’s offices in Asia.
Mr. Truong’s extensive experience in the international practice of law includes serving as in-house counsel for an international media corporation where he handled regulatory and legal issues. Subsequently, he was invited to Capitol Hill to work for a Member of Congress in the House of Representatives with the responsibility for Commerce, International Relations, Immigration, and Science & Technology issues. Prior to joining SKT, Karl was with the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB”) in Washington, D.C. where he navigated complex transnational contractual issues, liaised with foreign government officials, and provided legal and technical analysis on Bank and government projects.
Mr. Truong received his J.D. from Chapman University Fowler School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of California of Riverside.
- Represented an international media corporation accused of copyright infringement. Resulted in a favorable settlement for less than 5% of damages demanded.
- Facilitated the entry of large Asian corporations into the U.S. market through business entity formation, the acquisition of necessary licensing, and adherence to regulatory commercial law.
- Negotiated and secured large real estate leases and acquisitions for foreign manufacturers into Asia.
- Obtained industrial certification and licensing for foreign corporations operating in Asia.
- Advised and liaised with government officials in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico for transnational energy, transportation, and social projects.
- Negotiated and prepared licensing agreements worldwide for international entertainment corporation.
- Guided Vietnamese and Chinese EB-5 investors through each step of the EB-5 visa
The Future of the Legal Profession feat. Keynote Speaker Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
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