Today Richard M. Steingard joins Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP as special counsel to head the Los Angeles office’s White Collar and Civil Fraud Defense practice. Steingard has exclusively practiced criminal defense for 25 years and joins the firm after 17 years of a solo practice in Los Angeles. Steingard’s criminal trial and appellate practice emphasizes pre-and post-indictment representation of individuals and corporations, primarily in federal court.
His recent matters include RICO; mail and wire fraud; political corruption; trade secret, securities and foreign export violations; tax offenses; and environmental offenses. He has tried scores of cases in federal and state courts, and appeared in federal appellate courts throughout the country. Among his successes, he won an acquittal for Jeffrey Lo, who was accused of illegally smuggling an infra-red thermal imaging camera to China.
Steingard received a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1982 and a B.S. from UCLA in 1979. He joined the California Bar in 1982 and the New York Bar in 1988. He is a former Board of Directors member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and is the current co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit for the Central District of California.