Orange County – Receptionist/File Clerk
Paola Rios is the Receptionist and File Clerk for our Orange County office. Paola serves a very important role at SKT by providing critical support and document organization that helps prepare our attorneys when they are working on a case. Paola is fluent in both English, Spanish and French.
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.
Mr. Schuchert continues his emphasis on securities and corporate law, representing corporations and their founders in a broad range of corporate and litigation matters.
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”.
Mr. Schuchert resides in Southern California with his wife. They are passionate in their support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and are members of the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital.Read More
Kendya Wyatt Paralegal at the Los Angeles County office. Kendya handles many cases across the spectrum of Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Family Law cases. After her seven-year career as a Customer Services Supervisor at the Consumer Resource Network, she obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Charter College in Long Beach. Kendya began with the firm as a File Clerk and was promoted to Paralegal in 2015. Ms. Wyatt handles the Personal Injury cases as well as some Family Law cases and serves as a very important member of our team. Ms. 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
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 has a strong civil background, and has spent the last 15 years in family law. She has extensive knowledge of family law issues, especially child support cases involving the Department of Child Support Services.
Elizabeth is a highly regarded member of Schuchert, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola and Klausner, LLP’s family law team, and has been with the firm since 2009. You will find that Elizabeth’s tenacity can help protect you in this 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.
- University of San Diego School of Law San Diego, California J.D.
- Whittier Bar Association (Past President)
- Orange County Bar Association
- Orange County Lavender Bar Association
- Child Support
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 Counsel for County of San Diego Department of Child Support Services
- State of California
- State Bar of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Siobhan Bishop joins us with over 15 years of writs, appeals and civil experience. She has done every kind of appeal and writ. She has represented clients in insurance bad faith cases, business litigation, products liability, premises liability, employment discrimination, professional liability and public entity. She has argued and won several cases before the California Appellate Court. In our civil practice group, Siobhan has drafted many successful motions for summary judgment and summary adjudication. For example, she has drafted and argued several motions for summary judgment on issues including negligence, insurance agent liability, breach of fiduciary duty and trade secrets. She also assists us in our family law appeals. Siobhan has had the winning argument in appellate briefs on behalf of parents whose parental rights have been terminated.
In short, Siobhan is a brilliant attorney and when there are complex legal issues, she is the one you want to have figuring it out.
- Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, Michigan, B.A.
- Whittier Law School Costa Mesa, CA, J.D.
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