- 5.0/5.0 2 reviews
Our firm is a leader in complex federal white-collar criminal litigation. Our attorneys have handled cases in a wide variety of areas, including: Accounting Fraud, Bank Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bribery, Computer Crimes, Counterfeiting, Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Environmental Offenses, Extortion, Forgery, Import-Export Offenses, Insider Trading, Human Trafficking, Internet Fraud, Medicaid/Medicare Fraud, Money Laundering, Mortgage Fraud, Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes, Procurement Fraud, Public Corruption, Racketeering/RICO, Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud, Email Intercepting, Health Care Fraud, Identity Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Investment Fraud, Securities Fraud, Telemarketing Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Witness Tampering. In addition to vigorously defending our clients during the investigation and trial stages of a case, we are experienced in identifying alternatives to prison in the event a sentence is imposed. These include community service, house arrest, a monetary fine, a suspended sentence, a work furlough, and placement in a drug rehabilitation center. With our extensive trial experience in civil and commercial cases, we give our clients the ability to litigate in both state and federal courts secure in the knowledge that we can see the case through to trial and beyond. Our federal insolvency practice, led by the former United States Trustee for five Judicial Districts, including all of Southern California and Hawaii, gives our clients the ability to litigate matters in Federal Bankruptcy Court with enhanced proficiency and credibility. We provide insolvency-related services in the areas of creditors' rights, non-dischargeability and revocation actions, fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, and all other adversarial or contested matters that call for an extra level of excellence.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") retained Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC as one of three law firms nationwide to audit and investigate fraudulent loans made by a national lending institution, resulting in the largest failure and FDIC receivership in banking history. The firm, as approved FDIC counsel, assisted in the investigation, pursuit and litigation of fraud related claims arising from hundreds of millions of dollars in losses from toxic loans. Bienert, Miller and Katzman is uniquely qualified to investigate and pursue these claims, given the firm's extensive experience in criminal, litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Thomas H. Bienert is the former President of the Orange County Bar Association for 2013-14. Steven J. Katzman is the former President of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum for 2011-12. Kenneth M. Miller served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in 2011-13.
All Attorneys are members of the California Bar.
Specific Areas of Practice for our San Clemente office:
5.0/5.0 on 11/07/14
Mr. Riddet provided me with a very high level of legal service. He has a fine legal mind and a fantastic work ethic. Read more
Mr. Riddet provided me with a very high level of legal service. He has a fine legal mind and a fantastic work ethic.
2.0/5.0 on 08/07/15
He is all for the money. Once he get's it all he will dump you like garbage. He is deceptive and influential. Excellent speech Poor performance. One o... Read more
He is all for the money. Once he get's it all he will dump you like garbage. He is deceptive and influential. Excellent speech Poor performance. One of the most unethical lawyers I have ever met. does not accept responsibility for his wrongdoings and boasts his performance against President Clinton. Great friend of Judges and prosecutors having being one himself but a useless criminal defense lawyer.
5.0/5.0 on 01/28/16
Honestly I would have to say that the past 2 years have been the toughest and most stressful years of my life due to my pending criminal case and everything that comes al... Read more
Honestly I would have to say that the past 2 years have been the toughest and most stressful years of my life due to my pending criminal case and everything that comes along with it. But the one thing I can be thankful for is having Mr Riddet as my attorney. He has not only saved me from possibly years of jail time but he has also been very kind, up front and honest about everything from day one and has never made false promises to me. He is a straight shooter and very up front and honest. As a matter of fact the one thing I've noticed about him is that he under promises and over delivers. Both him and his team are the best in the business and honestly the only good thing that has happened to me since my criminal case began. Just to give you a little background on my case, I had a very complicated and high profile criminal case with over 20 felony counts. I probably made over a 100 calls to all kinds of different criminal lawyers and heard all kinds of different sales pitches and as a matter of fact I even hired two other lawyers prior to Mr. Riddet. They were all liars and crooks. Please save your money and do not go with anybody else. This man has saved me from going to jail and has given me a second chance at life. If you are reading this post, I have been exactly where you are today and I have felt the fear, pain and stress of dealing with the nightmare of legal issues but now I can say that I'm a free man and I am in a whole another situation because of Mr. Riddet and his firm. I hope that you take every word of this review to heart and let them save your life. He is top class and is the best at what he does. Mr. Riddet and Mr. Bienert, I simply can't thank you enough for all your hard and kind work but I hope this review would show a bit my gratitude for you and you hard working team. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!