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In the News: ACH Cases

Cris Arguedas arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building April 8, 2011.

Cris Arguedas arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building April 8, 2011.

Ex-Akin Gump Partner Taps Big-Name Defense Lawyer
The Recorder, February 13, 2017
Ross Todd reports “Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas… to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.”

Podcast: The Billion Dollar-plus Criminal Case that Simply Wasn’t
Ivan J. Dominguez speaks with attorneys Cristina Arguedas, Ted Cassman, and Raphael Goldman about one of the year’s most significant federal criminal cases – United States v. FedEx Corp.

DOJ’s ‘Epic Failure’ Gives California Firm Chance To Make Name Defending FedEx
Forbes, July 14, 2016
Jessica Karmasek says ACH “recently made a name for itself by successfully defending FedEx Corporation against the U.S. Department of Justice.”

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Behind the Scenes of the Surprise FedEx Dismissal
Law.com, June 20, 2016
The decision to dismiss, writes Ross Todd, was “set in motion by the powerful opening statement delivered June 13 by FedEx defense lawyer Cristina Arguedas of the Berkeley, California criminal defense boutique Arguedas, Cassman & Headley.”

The Justice Department’s dropping of the charges against FedEx
The Washington Post, June 22, 2016
Eugene Volokh says the case “appears to be a huge win for defense lawyer Cristina Arguedas.”

Prosecutors’ novel FedEx prosecution collapses in less than a week
The Daily Journal, June 20, 2016
Tim O’Connor writes that U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer “expressed deep doubts about the government’s case in questions he asked over the three days of the bench trial” and said the U.S. atorney’s office “had done the right thing by dropping the case.”

Shocking decision by federal prosecutors to drop their case against FedEx
The Recorder, June 23, 2016
This case may change the landscape, writes The Recorder. Cris Arguedas tells them that up to now there have been “plenty of companies who, when faced with the government demanding money from them, they just go ahead and pay it because it’s easier for them.”

Dismissal of FedEx Criminal Charges Should Embolden Corporate Defendants
Women Criminal Defense Attorneys Blog,i> June 22, 2016
Susan Bozorgi writes that “it came as a refreshing change of pace when FedEx chose to fight criminal charges brought against it for its alleged role in delivering pharmaceuticals illegally prescribed through online pharmacies.”

O.J. Never Testified, Probably Because of this Lawyer’s Killer Cross
Law.com, April 4, 2016
In a new interview, Cristina Arguedas discusses the FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” 21 years ago she played Marcia Clark in a mock cross-examination of Simpson.

In Feds v. FedEx, Both Sides Can Pack a Punch
The Recorder, August 1, 2014
Julia Love reports on FedEx pleading not guilty to 15 charges, saying FedEx “armed itself with fearsome counsel.” Noting that “legendary defense lawyers” Cristina Arguedas of Arguedas, Cassman & Headley and Allen Ruby of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom “represented home run champion Barry Bonds in his trial on charges of perjury,” Love quotes UC Hastings Law professor Rory Little saying “I’d be both thirsting for this fight and fearful of this fight if I were a prosecutor on the case.”

Indicted Divorce Lawyer Turns to ‘Ferocious Advocate’
The Recorder, October 10, 2012
San Ramon divorce lawyer Mary Nolan brings in Berkeley defense lawyers Cristina Arguedas and Ted Cassman.

Arguedas Tries to Shred Bonds’ Ex
The Recorder, March 28, 2011
“After the government’s star witness in the Barry Bonds trial gave emotional, teary-eyed testimony, Cristina Arguedas began a blistering cross examination that produced what one veteran litigator deemed some of the best courtroom theater he’s seen in years.”

Ruby Takes Stage, But Arguedas May Steal Scene
The Recorder, March 25, 2011
“If Cris Arguedas is on your trial team, she has a major say on your strategy both inside and outside the courtroom,” says William Keane, the former federal prosecutor who defended track star Trevor Graham in a BALCO prosecution.

All-Star Teams in Bonds Case: The Lawyers
New York Times, March 20, 2011
The Times reports that three lawyers will sit with Bonds at the defense table. “Those lawyers — Allen Ruby, Cris Arguedas and Dennis Riordan — are regarded as some of the nation’s best.”

BALCO saga finally reaches trial of case’s star: Bonds
CBSSports.com, March 19, 2011
“[Bonds] has some of the best lawyers in the nation, but Cristina Arguedas could be the most formidable,” says Peter Keane, former dean of the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Who’s who in the Bonds trial courtroom
ESPN Online, March 18, 2011
Cris Arguedas and Allen Ruby will lead Barry Bond’s defense team.

In always-online culture, juries may need digital sequestration
The Recorder, February 14, 2011
Lawyers on both sides of the Barry Bonds case “want a stronger than-usual warning to jurors to avoid Internet research and social media during the trial.”

Is He to Be Guilty, Or Not to Be Guilty?
Washington Post, March 17, 2007
Legal Eagles Flock to the Kennedy Center for the Murder Trial of Prince Hamlet

Playbill for the event
The prosecution in the mock trial of Hamlet argued he was of sound mind. “This was method, not madness,” Cris Arguedas declared.

Elite Lawyers Anchor the Defense
New York Times, December 7, 2007
The “all-star lineup” is unveiled for a high-profile sports case and includes Cris Arguedas and Ted Cassman.

Former H-P, Apple CGs Turn to a Berkeley Lawyer
Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2006
Former Hewlett-Packard and Apple general counsels hire Cris Arguedas in two high-profile cases.

Prosecutor in Drug Case Hires High-Profile Defender
The Recorder, June 29, 2005
The San Francisco prosecutor facing charges that he traded favors with drug defendants hires Cristina Arguedas.

Leaky prosecutions draw fire from defense lawyers
The Recorder, December 1, 2004
Defense attorney Cristina Arguedas says federal prosecutors have an obligation to ensure that leaks don’t ruin the reputations of people under investigation.

She’s No Name Dropper
The Recorder, November 29, 2004
ACH has developed a reputation for defending professional athletes. But don’t ask for names.

Mock Martha: Lawyers stage Stewart trial
The Recorder, September 9, 2004
Cris Arguedas plays prosecutor in a mock trial educational seminar sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Charges Dropped Against Stanford Doctor
San Francisco Chronicle, April 9, 2003
In a development straight out of a “Perry Mason” episode, the ACH team gets the star prosecution witness to admit on the stand that he forged a key document. The result: Prosecutors drop elder abuse and embezzlement charges against a Stanford doctor accused of killing her senile grandmother.

Enron Trader Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
New York Times, October 18, 2002
In a deal negotiated by the ACH team, senior energy trader Timothy Belden becomes the first executive to admit conspiring to manipulate power prices to take advantage of California’s energy crisis. As part of his plea, he agrees to cooperate with prosecutors.

Rape Charges Against Raider Tossed Out
San Francisco Chronicle, September 13, 2002

Charges Dropped in Alleged Taped Rape
Oakland Tribune, September 13, 2002
Prosecutors decide to drop 25 rape and sex charges against Oakland Raiders player Darrell Russell and two friends after ACH lawyers demonstrate that the alleged “victim” was an extremely unreliable witness and cast major doubts on other evidence.

Tosco Manager Won’t Face Criminal Charges
San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2000
Arguedas et al. convince prosecutors that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against a midlevel manager in a chemical explosion that killed four workers.

Bay Area Woman Added to O.J. Team
San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 1995

Cris Cross
California Lawyer, September 1995

American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense
Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth (Random House, 1998)
O.J. Simpson’s Dream Team hires Cris Arguedas to conduct a mock cross-examination of their client to test his ability to stand up under a prosecutor’s questions. The verdict after two days of her relentless questioning: Simpson should not testify in his own defense.

Culture Clash
California Lawyer, August 1992
To defend sports agent Mike Blatt in the infamous “Crossbow Murder” case, Cris Arguedas and Penny Cooper had to make the prosecutor seem like the kind of guy who would send an innocent man to jail. In the end, they didn’t come out looking pretty, either—but they achieved their goal: victory for their client.

Court Overturns Convictions of Three in Wedtech Case
New York Times, June 1, 1991
ACH lawyers persuade a federal appeals court in New York to throw out the racketeering conviction of their client, Franklyn Chinn, arguing that the prosecution’s star witness was a perjurer. The federal government eventually decides not to retry the case.

Chinn’s Lawyers Take on a Male Bastion
Wall Street Journal, May 30, 1989
Reagan-era figure Franklyn Chinn could have had his pick of New York attorneys to defend him in the high-profile Wedtech case. He chose Penny Cooper and Cris Arguedas—and eventually, they won his complete exoneration.

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