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Explosion at Warehouse Being Investigated

DRE and Richie Litigation are representing a client who recently had an explosion happen in their warehouse in  Jurupa Valley.  The blast occured around 5 pm and caused extensive damage to the building.

The Riverside County Sherriff’s department is investigating the cause of the explosion but at this time it seems that so far there are no victims, just building damage.

Our clients are always innocent until proven guilty and we are prepared to make sure that our client is protected and that the investigation is handled properly and juidiciously.

  Matthew Ashton   Aug 31, 2020   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Explosion at Warehouse Being Investigated Read More

The Truth about Danny Joe

Danny Joe (DJ):  In 2007, it was my first bodybuilding show in an organization called INBA and it was the Mr. San Diego Championship. Because it was my first time I went there and signed up as a Novice.  Novice is the category where a first timer enters a show.  I entered Novice Short Class.  They go by height:, short, medium and tall.  So I won my class, and then even for a novice, there’s an overall championship, meaning the winner of each class comes out and then battles for the overall title.  So I won that overall.  

By doing that, I became the 2007 Mr. San Diego Novice Overall Champion.   This is a picture that I took at the show (Shows Darren photo), which clearly shows that this is a Novice Overall Champion.  This is the picture I gave to the Korea Times.  I gave it to the writer but when he wrote the story, because there’s nothing in the story about Novice, that he’s frustrated about, the guy who made the video.  So he’s saying “Why do you take out the ‘novice’ and then make yourself Mr. San Diego?”.  


Darren Richie, Esq. (DRE):  So who would that question be best posed to?  You?  Or the writer of the article of Korea Times?


DJ:  The writer.


DRE:  If this guy who puts on a video, trying to put you in a false light portrays you in a negative image, has any questions about why a writer of an article in the Korea Times wrote something, he needs to ask them.  Not ask you.  And not think to himself that you did some kind of master manipulation by duping the Korea Times, who, by the way, called you.  Which means they already knew what you won or didn’t win, and think that you tried to gain the system.  It’s ridiculous.  

So a few other questions to follow up on some specifics The Overall Champion, can it only be a novice?  Or can it be anybody even that’s not a novice?


DJ:  Novice and Open. (Indicates with hands they are separate categories)


DRE:  Ok, so you were only competing against Novice?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  So what, Novice means first time.


DJ:  “First Time”  Which the writer wrote on the paper, on this newspaper article, saying that it is my “first time.”


DRE:  Which by the way to me, maybe I’m wrong, but that means it is extraordinary.  It is even a better achievement if for your first time, you are able to go out there and compete at that level and win.  I don’t understand what this guy is trying to prove.  If the guy is trying to prove you did something wrong or that you didn’t really win a championship or that you tried to influence and present some fraudulent information to Korea Times, he is completely wrong and he is welcome to go to Korea Times.  And if he did so, will the Korea Times support everything that you are saying?


DJ:  Right.


DRE:  Fantastic.  Do you want to spend more time on this subject?


DJ:  No, not at all.


He is accusing me of buying my G-wagon for $40,000.


DRE:  Oh, right.  I got it, right.  The G-wagon for $40,000.  By the way, if true, congratulations.  Very smart, astute business man if you bought a G-wagon for $40,000.  You should get an applause if you bought a G-wagon for $40,000.  But what he’s trying to say is that you don’t really have any money, you had to buy it for $40,000, and it’s probably a G-wagon that went through Hurricane Katrina that really is like salvaged title or something like that.  That’s what he’s trying to say.  So, you know what Danny Joe, let’s set the record straight.


Note that a Used 2008 Mercedes Benz G 55 AMG is Kelly Blue Book listed at $43,888 for a good price.


DJ:  “You only won the San Diego Novice Overall championship. Why are you claiming that you are a 2010 Mr. California Overall Champion?”


DRE:  Okay, now we are going into the second issue?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  So we are done with San Diego, right?   So talk to me about Mr. California.


DJ:  So to be exact, that show is called “2010 Mr. Los Angeles and California Championship”.  I went there and competed in an Open division, not Novice.


DRE:  Because it wasn’t your first time any more.


DJ:  No it wasn’t my first time anymore.  I won my short class, and then for the Overall, I won the whole thing.  So I gained the title of Mr. Los Angeles and California Champion.  


Cut to a video of a cell phone conversation:


DJ:  Would you like to tell my Korean audience who you are and your accomplishments in the bodybuilding community, please?


Lorenzo Gaspar (LG):  I’m Lorenzo Gaspar from San Diego, CA.  and I deal with the NPC, IFBB, INBA.


DJ:  Lorenzo, do I have your permission to record this video and phone conversation?


LG:  Yes


DJ:  I remember you were a head judge in that show.  Was that correct?


LG:  Right.


DJ:  Since you judged NPC and INBA, Do I have the right to call myself Mr. California Champion 2010, to be exact, even though I won the Overall title at INBA and not at NPC?  Because there is a lot of debate.  People are saying that you could only call yourself a Mr. California Champion if you won the show from NPC.  Do you think that makes sense or no?


LG:  No, That does not make sense because different organizations, like two different organizations can have the same title.  Yeah, you deserve that.  


DRE:  Just to make sure that the audience is following along, First, we buy a G-wagon for $40,000, which we should be congratulated for.  Then we win on the first time which is what novice means, our first competitive at a high level competition in San Diego, which we should be congratulated for.  And now you competed, not Novice, but in the Open class.  Was it short also?


DJ:  Short class.


DRE:  Short Class.  Short, Open for Mr. Los Angeles and California Champion.  And you won.


DJ:  And after that, there was an Overall.  So the winner of each class comes out for the Overall, that prestigious title.  And I became the first winner, first place winner, and I gained the title of Mr. Los Angeles and Mr. California Champion.


DRE:  Ok, so what’s this guy saying?


DJ:  He’s saying that I never won the show.  


DRE:  Well how can he say that?  


DJ:  I guess he did his own research.


DRE:  Okay and what would he find?


DJ:  He’s saying that there’s, he didn’t won anything.  Only show he won was this one (San Diego Novice).


DRE:  Did you get a trophy?


DJ:  Yes.


DRE:  Ok, Let’s see it.


DJ:  So this was on the front page of a Korean newspaper.


DRE:  Which Korean Newspaper?


DJ:  It’s called IS.


DRE:  Is that a legitimate newspaper or some kind of underground newspaper?


DJ:  Very.


DRE:  Does it still exist today?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  Okay.  Are they in the business of presenting false information?


DJ:  Not at all.  

So this one was on IS and this was on Koreatown Daily, and it was on The Korea Daily, and it was on the Korea Times.


DRE:  So you have 4 articles from 4 different legitimate, serious publications who corroborate your win.  And how many publications does he have to corroborate that you didn’t win anything?


DJ:  None


DRE:  Okay, would you like to show the camera?


DJ shows the 4 clippings to the camera


DJ:  I have one more proof, just to show people, that this is ridiculous.  


DRE:  It’s no basis.


DJ:  This is a ridiculous theory.  I contacted the head judge of that show.  The head judge.  The one that judged me and gave me the title.  And then I recorded a phone conversation.  He’s stating that I became the 2010 Mr. California Overall Champion.


DRE:  When did you contact the judge?


DJ:  Today.


DRE:  Okay, did he know you were recording the call?


DJ:  Yes,  


DRE:  Ok so you got his consent so it’s all legal here in California.  Fantastic.  And he’s willing to testify to that?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  And if anybody wants to call these publications and dig back through their 2010 articles, they would know, oh, well this is true because we don’t present fake news, right?  So again, fake story about a G-Wagon, fake story about the Novice class in San Diego, fake story about Mr. Los Angeles and Mr. California Championship. Alright, where do we go next?


So he’s saying that you spent a lot of money on fake likes right?


DJ:  Yes, and he also compared a post of me a while back that had a high like and he’s telling the audience “Why is your likes so low compared to back in the day?”


DRE:  Okay, so your likes are low now?  Relative to what your likes were in the past?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  What’s the explanation?


DJ:  So every time I work with a superstar, for example, like the world-famous rapper, The Game.  You know, he has 10 million followers.  So if I work with someone like that, during that time I’m with him, because he’s shouting me out on his page and on his Instagram, all his fans come to my page and like my pictures.  But when I’m not training him, all the fans go away.  


DRE:  That’s understandable to me.  That’s very reasonable.  So right now you’re in a little bit of an ebb and flow and that is the explanation, correct?


DJ:  Right, Right.


DRE:  Is it true to say that you’re in a better financial position today than you were 7 years ago?


DJ:  A lot more.


DRE:  And so if you really wanted to buy some likes, you could?


DJ:  Of course


DRE:  And by the way does that still exist out there where you can buy a bunch of likes?


DJ:  Yes, I heard that it’s even cheaper.  


DRE:  It’s even cheaper?  So you can buy even more? So your buying power today, not only because you have more money, but also because of what the market dictates, you could buy 10 times more what you could buy 7 years ago for the same money.  And you haven’t done it?


DJ:  No.


DRE:  All right, great!  Do you want to stay on the subject?


DJ:  No, No, let’s move on.

Next one is, I did a collab with this guy named “tallguymaxstrong.”  He’s a famous fitness YouTuber in Korea.  So on his first collab video, he asked me, “Who do you think has the best body out of every celebrity you’ve met?”  And I said The Rock. I said “Yeah, I met him at the G.I. Joe 2.”  I told him I met him, and then I helped him with his meal plan.  So I gave him pointers.  You know, he’s been working out for a long time so he knows his stuff.  But I gave him a couple of advices and tips after hearing from him about his typical meal plan.  


DRE:  So you’re telling me that you heard The Rock’s typical meal plan, and you gave him some advice and tips.  Is that true?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  I’m buying it.


DJ:  And this guy’s like, basically, he typed Danny Joe and Dwayne Johnson or Danny Joe and The Rock and none of the pictures or the articles came out.


DRE:  Why would there be an article of something that you spoke about in private with The Rock or Dwayne Johnson?


DJ:  That’s what I’m saying!


DRE:  And so in G.I. Joe then, you had a chance to see Dwayne Johnson, The Rock.  Of course, you exchanged tips and physical fitness.  You share a love of physical fitness.  So all you’re going to do is spread that love, right?  And this guy here is trying to say that it never happened.  Ok great, is there anything else you want to say about that?


DJ:  No not at all.


DRE:  So what’s left to cover?


DJ:  I guess the last one is, he “Googled” again, Danny Joe and Hollywood star, and he couldn’t find anything.  So he’s like, “He never trained a Hollywood star before.”  


DRE:  Because he couldn’t find something?


DJ:  No.  So “why is he calling himself a Hollywood star trainer?”


DRE:  And where do you call yourself a Hollywood star trainer?  On your website?  On your social media?  


DJ:  On my social media.


DRE:  Specifically, what do you say?  Hollywood star trainer?  Hollywood celebrity trainer?  Do you know?


DJ:  This is my intro for my YouTube all the time.  “Hi, I’m a Hollywood star trainer, Danny Joe.”  And this is my intro.  And I guess he didn’t like that.  


DRE:  Because he did a Google search and he didn’t find any Hollywood stars?  Now you did train The Game, correct?  For how long?


DJ:  For about 60 days, I was on tour with him.


DRE:  He’s a Hollywood star, just so you know.  And this Korean guy that was in G.I. Joe 1 and 2, is he a Hollywood star?  He qualifies?


DJ:  Yes, because he’s number one listed for Asian casting.


DRE:  And do you have any other Hollywood stars?  Would they allow you to say on camera who they were?


DJ:  Of course, Brian Tee, from Fast and Furious – Tokyo Drift.


DRE:  Which car did he drive?


DJ:  He’s the one that drove the 350z.


DRE:  I love that car.  Very nice.  Who else?


DJ:  You know Linkin Park?  Joe Han from Linkin Park.  They’re the world star, to be exact.


DRE:  Right Absolutely, Do you still train him?


DJ:  Yeah, of course.  He lives in Hawaii but he comes to my gym.


DRE:  He’s a Hollywood star.    Who else?


DJ:  Ray Park from Star Wars.  I met him from G.I. Joe 1.


DRE:  And all these people have great things to say about you? And they enjoyed their time with you?  They achieved results with you?


DJ:  Of course.


DRE:  So you benefited their life?


DJ:  Of course


DRE:  So what defines a Hollywood star?


DJ:  Anyone who works in Hollywood.


DRE:  In the entertainment industry, that has a public following, that performs in music, dance, art, film, correct?  And you trained these people?    So it’s not a false allegation or a false claim?


DJ:  No.


DRE:  Ok great!  And so when something like this comes out, it really hits you at your core, right?  But you know who you are?  And you are comfortable with who you are?


DJ:  Yes


DRE:  And nothing will ever change your belief of who you are nor how you approach life and approach others?


DJ:  No


DRE:  So this can’t affect you?


DJ:  No.  


DRE:  It can affect other people who are watching it or who are reading it, but you are here with me tonight to tell the truth.  Don’t lose track of that.  This is just a little small sign to let you know that you need to constantly improve yourself and make sure that you protect yourself from issues like these going forth for the rest of your life.  Thank you for your time here tonight.  


DJ:  Thank you so much Darren.


DRE:  After I last spoke with my friend and client, Danny Joe, I found out that another video by this nasty doer was produced and uploaded to social media.  But there’s one thing that video communicated more than anything else.  There were no more nasty comments about Danny Joe.  While this person may think that he can keep coming back over and over defaming Danny Joe, and that the Constitution protects him from the First Ammendment, the Constitution actually has limitations.  

Those limitations were supported by the United States Supreme Court and Gertz v. Robert Welch Inc., as well as the California Civil Code, Sections 45 and 46 dealing with slander, and further, the cause of action, invasion of privacy, false light.  I’ll tell you, you can’t say anything that you want about anybody that you want, when it affects their trade, business or profession.  When you say that somebody is unfit to perform their job duties, and you have done so negligently, recklessly, or intentionally, you will find yourself in America’s court room.  And while you may come from a society that says “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” then maybe you haven’t been on the other side of defamation.  So it’s not my job to educate you.  We’ll leave that to the lawyer that you choose to defend your case.  But I will teach you a lesson.  Govern yourself accordingly and be a Straight “A” student.  

  Matthew Ashton   May 11, 2020   Uncategorized   Comments Off on The Truth about Danny Joe Read More

Authority Magazine DRE Interview

Authority Magazine – 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Richie Litigation

There will be days when you are so stressed out, wondering how you will ever make it to the next day. Learn to love that feeling because it is exactly that which will drives you to sustain.

Follow your gut and always, always, trust your instincts. This goes not only for hiring, but for everything else in business.

Pursue your dream relentlessly — if you do, everything will fall in to place exactly as it should. Spending 14 years in business after graduating from law school was the perfect preparation for launching my own firm.

Others will doubt you along the way. Use that doubt as fuel to fight even harder for what you believe in: your firm, your principles, and above all, your clients.

You will, occasionally, need to unplug. Home is where your support network is. Be fully present there — and allow yourself to recharge from time to time, so you can be invincible at work.

Aspart of my series about the leadership lessons of accomplished business leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Darren Richie, Chairman and Founder of Richie Litigation.

Darren established his Los Angeles based criminal law firm to provide his clients with only the best legal expertise. Powered by unwavering principles of integrity, bravery, and motivation; Richie will never give up on a client. By founding such a nimble, savvy, and fierce firm; he has laid an impeccable foundation to help ferociously protect any prosecution or defense. His own experiences are what give the firm its iron will and tenacity for achieve excellence.

Darren has an extensive lineage of achievement and winning. Of the elite few from the C-Suite and President of companies, he has been responsible for ultra-luxury brands as Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati, and Ducati. Through his entrepreneurship, he has created prosperous business enterprises. These accomplishments have made Darren no stranger to the trials and tribulations those building their own empires will face and persevering without fail.

Because Darren is so well versed in the challenges his clients may face, he is able to advocate for them with indomitable fierceness. His love for competition and strong drive for success are contagious. You will no longer be deprived of justice. Darren Richie will restore your freedom while casting maximum accountability on those who stole it.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

From my very first memories, I have always wanted to be an attorney. Courtroom drama as portrayed in our culture was very attractive to me. During my school years, I was very involved in extracurriculars that supported that dream — I participated in debate and mock and moot trials, competitively; and I excelled. Prior to graduating law school, I worked at a very large global law firm in New York City for two years.

While the experience was invaluable, I realized “Big Law” was not my calling. At that firm, I found I was more drawn to the business executives who gave work to the lawyers. However, I was determined to achieve my law degree. Upon graduating from law school, I entered business. My silent goal was to achieve enough financial success to start my own law firm. But as time passed, the money in business was hard to walk away from, and the risks inherent with starting your own business were outweighed by other needs.

It wasn’t until two the two worlds collided that I was able to launch my legal venture, Richie Litigation LLC. Those two necessary circumstances were a) financial confidence and b) witnessing first hand being wronged in the workplace.

Can you tell us a story about the hard times that you faced when you first started your journey?

Because I didn’t begin practicing until 14 years after graduating from law school, I could sense that opposing counsels on cases were not taking me seriously. Lawyers are not unlike other individuals in the working world, they are always looking to leverage weakness. Yet, in this case they were mistaken. I observed a lot of maneuvers that were designed to wear me out or make me give up fighting the good fight for people who have been disadvantaged by others’ misconduct. My resolve is not breakable.

I think those I was up against did not anticipate such steadfastness. It isn’t surprising to see that people who are in litigation resulting from negligence or intimidating tactics would demonstrate consistent behavior during the course of the actual litigation. Those very same people change their tune very quickly when they see a straight determined face time and time again.

Where did you get the drive to continue even though things were so hard?

Failure has never been an option for me…And it isn’t because I can’t stand to lose — it’s because I love to win. My motivation comes from both internal and external forces. Internally, I have been driven in this manner from the beginning. That core strengthens, though, when it meets external forces that call your integrity or resolve into question. My mantra is simple, but powerful, and it has worked for me time and again: “Whatever it takes.”

So, how are things going today? How did grit and resilience lead to your eventual success?

Litigation is a long road. Cases we have filed from one or two years ago are now seeing their day in court. It is incredibly rewarding to know that, through our advocacy, our clients are getting their needs met. Seeing them being made whole is the best feeling in the world.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Like many employers, some of the largest — and, occasionally, the funniest- mistakes are poor hiring decisions. My first hire was a well accomplished and accredited attorney. On paper, this hire sounded great. However, when I met with this person, I didn’t have a great feeling about the situation. Against my instincts, I hired this person based on the names and places of prior employment (which were objectively prestigious).

The hire turned out to be a complete disaster for me and my clients. Always go with your gut.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

They say litigation should be viewed as economics and not principal. They say that a principally based litigant loses before he/she even starts.

We don’t believe that. My firm is built on principal. Richie Litigation takes a uniquely human approach. I have empathy for my clients’ issues — namely, being taken advantage of or being mischaracterized publicly. That compassion drives me. When I go to battle on a daily basis, I prosecute my client’s issues as if they were my own.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

The key is to have a strong support network at home that forces you, against all odds, to unplug.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

There was a time after law school when I didn’t have any money. When I say no money, I mean only a few hundred dollars to my name and no place to turn for more. I was offered a position at the law firm I worked at in New York which would have instantly put me on solid financial ground.

Following my gut, however, meant that I needed to take the road less traveled when I came to the proverbial fork in the road. I was almost begging for a job in business after graduation.

I was told I was overqualified many times. In fact, the main manager at the place I ended up starting at did not want to hire me. It was the manager below him that fought for my hire. That was a pivotal moment. Someone saw something in me and took a chance on me as an untraditional candidate. I am forever grateful for that.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started leading my company” and why.

There will be days when you are so stressed out, wondering how you will ever make it to the next day. Learn to love that feeling because it is exactly that which will drives you to sustain.

Follow your gut and always, always, trust your instincts. This goes not only for hiring, but for everything else in business.

Pursue your dream relentlessly — if you do, everything will fall in to place exactly as it should. Spending 14 years in business after graduating from law school was the perfect preparation for launching my own firm.

Others will doubt you along the way. Use that doubt as fuel to fight even harder for what you believe in: your firm, your principles, and above all, your clients.

You will, occasionally, need to unplug. Home is where your support network is. Be fully present there — and allow yourself to recharge from time to time, so you can be invincible at work.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Head to, for all of the latest news and updates.

Written by Carly Martinetti

Originally posted to Authority magazine’s website:

  Matthew Ashton   Mar 02, 2020   Blog   Comments Off on Authority Magazine DRE Interview Read More

ThriveTime Show – Tap Into the Fire of Desire That is Required to Succeed and Lead

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Richie Litigation Founder and President and top legal expert Darren M. Richie recently sat down with iTunes Top 10 Business Podcast, the ThriveTime Show, which interviews top experts, authors, athletes, and entrepreneurs. With past guests including leaders and luminaries such as celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, New York Times Bestselling author John Maxwell and NFL stars Justin Forset and Rashad Jennings, Richie is in good company on ThriveTime, as he reveals his own personal roadmap for success.

In the inspiring interview, Richie not only shares how he started his successful Hollywood law firm… But how we all can tap into the fire of desire that is required to succeed and lead.

ThriveTime Show Audio Transcript:

On today’s show. We now interview a lawyer and a man who is the founder of Richie litigation. Mr Darren Richie on today’s show, Karen Ritchie shares with us how he started his successful Hollywood elite and entertainment law firm. How to tap into that fire of desire that is required to both succeed and lead. I asked you if you have you lost the fire? Do you need to reignite that fire? If you do, then this show may just be the solution that you’ve been seeking. The answer that you’ve been looking for. This show may just be the thing that reignites the fire of desire that is required to move from where you are, where you want to be.

Some shows don’t need a celebrity in the writer to introduce a show, but this show does to may eight kids, Koch created by two different women, 13 Moke time million dollar businesses. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the thrive time.

Oh boy.

Thrive nation. On today’s show, we are interviewing the man, the myth and the legend. Darren Richie, welcome onto the thrive time show. How are you?

I’m doing very well. Thank you. How are you?

Well, I’m honored to talk to you because you are a known by many as being an attorney that’s helping out a lot of a Hollywood entertainment’s elite personalities, but could, could you share with the listeners out there a little bit about what you do for the people out there that maybe are familiar with what you do but they aren’t familiar with you?

Sure, absolutely. Well, I own a law firm here in downtown Los Angeles, which represents our headquarters and we also have another location out in Santa Ana, primarily from soup to nuts. I handled the criminal practice serious, violent, felonious state and federal crimes. But my firm also consists of a civil side where we deal with personal injury, employment cases and contract breach as well as entertainment law. I have six attorneys total. I’m the head of the firm and I have one other person who assists me on the criminal but doesn’t make court appearances and everybody else handles the civil side. And we run a docket of close to 250 to 300 cases. And on any given day.

So you’re a, I would have to say you’re a, a busy God, busy man. And I’m just looking send off some of the people that you’ve been involved with working with. There was a unfortunately a rash of these celebrity burglaries that occurred where thieves broke in and actually stole millions of dollars of stuff from Rihanna, from LeBron James. Could you tell us how you got involved with those cases and what your role was, your, your firm’s role?

Sure, absolutely. So that’s on the criminal side of our firm and it’s an ongoing case. So without revealing too many details, we always like to use the word alleged here at our firm. And the individual that we represent has been alleged to have been involved in a ring that went Los Angeles and orange County. And essentially what they would do is they would take a look at a Star’s schedule or an athlete’s schedule as alleged and realize that the home might be empty and therefore vulnerable. And it’s been alleged that there were robberies and burglaries committed there. And so we represent one of the main defendants in the case. It’s a large conspiracy case and it’s just getting started.

So how did you get even get involved in this kind of of a legal representation? I mean w take us back to where you started, where, where, where did you start? What was it like growing up for you as a kid? I mean, did you always want to be an attorney or what was life like growing up as a kid?

Absolutely. Besides the first grade list and where it says, what do you want to be when you grow up? And every boy writes, I want to be a baseball player. Other than that, I knew I wanted to be an attorney and the, as long as I can remember, maybe that’s three, four years old. Certainly when you take a look at society and you see the courtroom dramas on TV, I don’t want to age myself, but I was probably just, you know, coming into age when LA law was around and in order and all that kind of stuff. You get really excited and that’s what happened with me. And so I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I was actually involved with moot trial and mock trial competitions on a state list in Texas and was able to do very well. And I started those when I was 10 1214 years old, even went to the Capitol and won the entire state competition. And then when I went to college, which was in New York university, I did debate and moot and mock trial. And then after that I went to get a graduate degree in public policy from the Harris school of public policy at university of Chicago, which is a lot of logic games. And if P then Q war game, very similar to John F. Kennedy school of government at Harvard. And then after that I went to university of Houston and graduated law school.

How long were you in school?

Diversity? Yeah, go ahead.

How long were you in school?

I guess it was probably because I double majored in double minor. I think I did five years and undergrad. I did two at graduate, so that’s seven and another, which was a three year for about 10 years of school after high school.

Wow. So you went, you paid your dues. How did you go get your first 10 clients?

Well, it’s actually a bit of an interesting story. I actually started working as a transaction associated a big law firm in New York after college, but before law school and I was invited and I was there for two years and we worked on cases. They would basically lend a lot of money as banks to people like Donald Trump for example, to build their build big buildings in New York city. And so the culture there was, you know, hard work, grinding it out and people were staying overnight to get work done. And while it was super exciting and the experience was invaluable, I didn’t want to practice that kind of law. I’d rather be the business guy that ended up calling the lawyers that were having the lawyers work on vacations and personal time off. So as it turned out, once I graduated law school, I decided not to go and work for that same law firm where I had an opportunity to return as a first year associate after having worked there for two years prior to graduating law school and I decided to cut my teeth in business for a while to learn what it was like to work for somebody else.

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and nobody in my family has worked for somebody else. They’ve all worked for themselves, which obviously doesn’t mean that everyone is successful. That means there’s some hard times and some lean times, but I went to go work for other people and I went into the automotive industry for a little while, but I graduated law school in 2003 and then when I got myself to a place where I was financially secure enough to start my own law firm and do it on my own instead of working for someone else I did and some of the first few clients that came my way were a mix of luck and a mix of great advertising and marketing and great word of mouth and from those clients. It just started to spiral North and I got a ton of clients on referrals one after another.


Literally went from one client to like 50 in a matter of maybe four months.

Darren, what kind of advertising did you do? Did you do billboards? Did you do mailers? Did you do this is 2003 right? It doesn’t for, so did you lie?

Graduated in 2003 from law school and then I opened my firm at the end of 2016 and then really moved into this facility in downtown and in 2017 and we used everything that was available for us, which included social media, but also of course search engine optimization and search engine marketing, which worked very well, but that only works to get you that first fish on the hook.

That’s right. Got to do the rest. Yeah, you to do the, Hey, I want it real quick. This is powerful. Somebody out there, we’ve got a half million listeners out there and there’s somebody out there that needs to write that down. I’m going to, I’m going to cue up the sound effect that I had this sound effect capture just for you here. What she’s, let me, let me queue it up here. Mr demonstrator and Richie Litigation. Here we go. Okay. Someone needs to write this down real quick. Okay. This is powerful. You said search engine essentially just gets you the fish on the line. The golden, I buy, my partner calls it the golden look. But once you get that initial customer, you have to wow them every time.

That’s right. Yes. And you’ve got to make their experience when they won’t forget and one that they want to talk about. And I can share with you a quick example. So I got a client who was referred to me from another case who was actually incarcerated here to facility downtown, a federal specific city. And he and I met and he was arrested and indicted on a federal conspiracy charge, which really had a life consequences, his maximum exposure with regard to penalties. And he had previously had government defense lawyers working for him. And we met and he told me that the best deal that he ever got in terms of a plea bargain was 32 years and he was looking for somebody else to give him more options. He had a two year old son and he was adamant that he wasn’t as guilty as the indictment said I took his case.

Yeah. And I mentioned that because you know there’s some details there, but with regard to conspiracies, the essential basic level of the law is that two or more people have to agree on the exact object of the conspiracy. For example, if you’re in a drug crime, and I know this could be a bit controversial, but if you are distributing marijuana, those have different consequences than distributing harder drugs. And if you’re alleged to have done both but you’ve only done one, then it’s key that you have representation to make it clear which one you’re guilty of and which one you’re not. While the prior counsel had secured a 32 year plea deal, now this gentleman was in his early thirties and with federal crimes you serve 80% of your time. So doing some quick math there, this guy would’ve served a lot of time and he would have been out without having seen and completely missed his child’s upbringing. So we got involved in the case and within probably a month and a half or two months later, I was able to get them out on time served, which was only seven months at the time. It was a very unique situation and from something like that that’s that powerful and impactful and really changes somebody’s life. Obviously he yelled from the mountaintops, you know, my name, our firm’s name and build the reputation and it literally after that it was just one after another after another. And so we’ve been blessed.

I know you are a guy from what I can tell, I mean I researched too, you’ve obviously had some success is that you’re not going to sit there and you know, you’re not going to see attorney client privilege stuff. You’re not going to share a lot of the details of specific things. One cause you can’t do, you can’t do it. But could you share with us about any of the big companies or people that you have represented or are you not allowed to share that at all?

Well, they would have to give me permission first. God. If you look on my website, everybody that we have on, there are folks that have granted permission. There we go. We have some, some big clients. We have some clients that are in the cannabis space, which is a interesting a hedge for us having both criminal and civil with cannabis here in California, gaining a lot of momentum and certainly in the legal environment there are issues now that are coming and confronting these companies, which look a lot more like corporate type of problems and headaches which they didn’t have before versus criminal headaches. So one of our clients is a brass knuckles, which was a very popular vape pin company in California that got into some business disputes and we’re really proud to represent them because these are big boy problems. And this is what happens when you step out from black market and into white market and you need representation. So we have clients that also, you know, have a lot of star power as well that are in that space. And we’re very happy to do what we can to make sure that their rights are heard, listened to and followed every single time.

Yeah. Josh, you’re here with living water irrigation. He’s one of our, our, our show sponsors there. And Darren, he owns a company called the good living water irrigation. It’s a company that does sprinkler systems, outdoor lighting illuminating the home decor the exterior home exterior. Josh, what questions do you have here for mr Darren? Hey Darren. Thank you so much for taking my question, sir. I appreciate you being on the show. So you said you basically went from one customer, do you know, within four months to 50, so, or one client, excuse me. So for those of us out there, there’s a lot of business owners obviously listening to this and entrepreneurs who have achieved some level of lead generation and have gotten a bunch of clients. And how did you handle that massive monumental growth? Oh yeah.

Well not always will, I’ll tell you that in order to grow that way, you’ve got to make sure that your infrastructure can sustain. And that means hiring people and hiring people is one of the hardest things you can possibly do. Whether it’s my experience from the beginning of 2004 all the way now through running this law firm, you can never get that right. And I think if you were 51% right on a hiring decision, then you’re beating the odds. And so we’ve had to have the ability to make sure that we would hire as slowly that we could and fire as quickly as we could when we could see that needs weren’t being met, both my clients’ needs and myself, but with that means that we were able to adapt change and we were not going to accept mediocrity. So after some turbulent time trying to grow, because that is growth that is almost unsustainable. And then it continued to grow thereafter. But after we were able to establish some stability, we were able to grow competently and sustainably. But it really took honing in on exactly what it was that I was missing with the personnel that I’d hired and making sure that I could do my best not to repeat those mistakes going forward.

That’s awesome. I, some of our listeners out there are looking to guys like you for advice. You know, men and women like you for advice and wisdom, you know, kind of that, that wisdom you can’t gain unless you’ve actually been through it unless you’ve been up to the top of the mountain. It’s hard maybe to point out the path if you’re going to go back and just kind of we’ve kinda like a manifesto or a note pad that said your daily planning session should look like this. What are some of the daily habits that you do on a daily basis that you believe that have allowed you to achieve success? Or I guess maybe a better way to ask that is, how do you organize the first four hours of every day?

Well, it’s funny that you ask because even though we have all of this technology, I still use pen to paper and I have a task list for myself. Of course I have Microsoft outlook calendar that’s got everywhere I need to be and all the people I need to talk to and everything I need to be at. That needs to be accomplished for the day, but that’s very task oriented business. With regard to goals, I set those for myself every day and then I check myself every day and this is not hyperbole, I really do it, but I don’t have a ton of goals. I just have one to four goals per day to accomplish and I don’t make them monumental. I don’t make them world changing. I make them achievable and as I achieve them I go onto the next one again to age myself. I started in the day of like Pac-Man, so you go and you grab some, you eat some, you move on, you grabbed some, eat some and move on. I think you’ve got to do it one bite at a time. And for me that works very well because if I set myself up for a huge monumental goals, I’m also setting myself up for a lot of disappointment. I will tell you, it’s extremely rewarding though, as you’re making your way through the day. And if you’ve only set yourself up to great things to do but not unattainable things to do and you’ve accomplished one of them, you’re 50% of the way there and that motivates you and propels you to the rest of the day.

And what he is referring to there, thrive nation we talked to, we talked about a lot on this show or we call them smart goals, specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-sensitive, specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time sensitive, not crazy goals that aren’t doable. Jared, could you maybe think back on your to do list for the last couple of weeks, maybe just share one thing on your to do list or the kind of thing that’s on your to do list, just to make it a little more you know, give the listeners a little more mental traction as to what you’re talking about.

I mean, I’ll just show you how easy it is. You know, I have three children, three boys, five, three and two weeks old. And with how busy that I am, there are huge tendencies to forget what’s going on at home and to check in with your wife and to connect with your household. And while it might seem, you know, that we’re on a business call, obviously a lot of people are supported in their private life and that propels them to success in their public or business life. And that’s the same for me. So for example, I’ll have something on there that tells that I need to check him out with my wife and not just say, how are you doing? Or what are you doing? But ask like a really impactful question. And then listen to the answer such as how are you feeling today?

And when she describes an experience, I have a reminder to say, how did that make you feel? Rather than just listening to it saying, okay, I’ll call you back later. Because people I think can really understand whether you’re paying attention to them or you’re not. And so I have something like that on my list over the last two weeks and it’s worked really well. I’ve come home to a very happy family, happy wife and happy life. The other thing that I’ve had on my list is that we opened an office in orange County that you’ll find when you get very busy that you kind of hunker down where you’re comfortable, you hunkered down where you started, you hunker down where most of your appointments and daily routines are. And so I had to remind myself to get out to orange County and mix with those folks in the community and intermingle with the associates that I’ve placed there. And it’s not just, Hey, at two o’clock I gotta be somewhere, but I remind myself to get there. And then when I get there, I actually have another, a minder to set myself up with. What I’m going to do when I get there to make sure my time is spent most impactfully.

This is really, really good specific stuff. This is what, this is what our listeners love. I, you know, you’re a reader. I know you had to read a lot of books during your 10 years of formal education and you read all the time. Now you’re a guy who believes in ongoing education. What is a book or a couple of books that you’d recommend for all of our listeners where you say, Hey, if you are an entrepreneur and you want to take your career to the next level or your business to the next level, this is a book you have to read.

Well, I’m sure you’re all familiar with everything that happened with both, some up in Lawton. That name sounds familiar, right? Yeah. And so there was a book called no easy day that I read and it was about one of those Navy seals, I think it was Marco in or something, if I remember correctly. And he’s describing, you know, the task of going and trying to achieve something so great, but in circumstances that are so hard. But he didn’t just talk about the beginning game and the end game. He talked about everything that was in between. And he also talked about just the mentality of being in one of those special units and how hard it is and challenging it is where every minute you’re facing a challenge. So difficult. But all you want to do is take the path of least resistance and quit. But he never did and they never do.

And that system doesn’t allow you to do it. So I feel that’s very much a parallel to any business life where you face challenges every day. There’s big ups, big downs and many times you’re confronted with major challenges that make you just want to give up. That happens to me daily. And we can go this morning, I lost a motion to dismiss on a criminal case. But you just say, you know, why you went there and you know, w what you were doing was right and you know, you’ve got something else right around the corner and you’ve got other things up your sleeve for the next time and you get you, you know, put your bootstraps up and you move on and forge forward and you always start moving forward and you never look back. The only time ever I think that it’s important to think about where you’re going and where you came from is for experience. And to learn not to do something again. That was the same thing that you screwed up before, other than that always forge forward. And this book just made me think, you know what? These people could do it under those circumstances. Surely I don’t have it that bad.

Wow that you are you, you my friend. I can see why you’re successful here. I, I have two final questions for you. The first one would be this idiosyncrasies. You know, Steve jobs where the same thing every day. Barack Obama, president Obama started to wear the same thing every day, same style. Every day. You know, the idiosyncrasies Seth Goden turns down most speaking events Tim Ferris is known for his idiosyncrasies. Do you have an idiosyncrasy slash superpower that you believe that has allowed you to achieve big success? You know, something that you do. Some people I know eat the same meal literally every single day. Some people never leave their building. Some people have a super calendar. Well, what is your, what is your move? You have a move.

My grandmother was very close to me and she, you know, was a integral part of raising me. And in my briefcase I keep two pebbles that are kind of over her grave site. And she died I think probably in 1994 I believe. And I’ve had these with me ever since. And I don’t leave home without it. So it might not be as exciting is, you know, the certain, a breakfast and a certain order every morning. But definitely it’s a, you know, very emotional for me and a bit superstitious and days, days when I’m having rough days, I’m thinking, Oh my God, did I forget them? But they’re always in my briefcase. I have him all the time. And also on another note, I switched from ties to bow ties recently and I feel like that’s brought me a lot of success. Probably won’t go back to ties anytime soon. Maybe that’s on the lines of also what you’re asking.

Well I know if you go to LA Richie you click on meet the team, you’re going to see a beautiful man right there. Lemon Thrivers. Let me, let me introduce you to that man. That beautiful man is Darren M Richie right there. He’s the president. He’s the chairman, founder of ritual litigation. You can see his photo right there. I mean you have a great looking team, but you right there. I it’s are you drinking fish oil or are you drinking a lot of protein or are you gluten free? What are you doing?

You know, I don’t smoke. I don’t drink often, but on Sunday nights, you know, I certainly can indulge in some vodka and tequila as a nightcap. But you know what, thank you so much for those compliments. I do take vitamins every day. I think it might include a dose of fish oil, but I try to as best as I can, I’m prone to Texas barbecue just like everybody else who’s been raised and in Texas but here and there only and only as a very short order. Otherwise I try to look after myself because I know that I want to sustain, I want to sustain for my young children. I want to sustain for my firm. I’ve seen two types of older individuals who do the same work that I do. One guy was 75 and comes in and you know, unfortunately for him didn’t look that healthy, very hunched back and I seen another guy who’s actually a superior court judge here in Los Angeles and downtown and he’s over 75 years old right now and he looks like he could go another 10 years. I want to be that guy. So I’m conscious every single day of what it takes to achieve that.

Okay. Final, final question for you. You have the floor. We will let you have the ear of it. Listeners. I’m about a half a million folks this month. We’ll listen to the podcast. What is the ask that you would have for our listeners? Or what is maybe the action step you would encourage them to take maybe a website to go to, something to download, something to read? What’s the one thing you’d encourage our listeners to do?

Well, before I go into something tangible like that, I do just want to go into this emotional world, which is that we all talk about successful entrepreneurs having some hunger in their past, but I really motivate all of your listeners right now to tap into that. Do you want success just because you see it out there and it looks sexy or do you want success for some other reason? For example, being able to survive, for example, being able to provide, for example, being able to prove everybody else wrong. For example, being able to be the number one guy and not the number two guy for knowing that you can accomplish great things in this world and nobody can doubt you. Those are some of the things that I think people should hone in on. And I’ve had those experiences in my life and there were times when I actually really found my hunger and obviously for a lot of people that comes when they don’t have a lot of money and they need to do whatever is necessary to make sure that they can be successful and in the long run, but for something tangible to look forward to.

You can always follow us on Darren M Richie underscore Esq on Instagram. I’m not a prolific Instagrammer although a lot of my clients tag me from time to time. You will see my family and you’ll see some of the firm and you can obviously go to our website and we are a very friendly and intimate staff. So if you give us a call, we don’t charge for any consultations or whatnot with regard to any personal injury cases, contingency cases, employment and cases. We’ll take you in as family and we’ll talk to you as family. So if you have anything that you want to talk to me about, even if it only regards what you’re hearing today on this podcast, call me. We’ll set up a time, we can talk.

What’s the best phone number to call your firm at?


And the the web address again, one more time. Their thrive nation is Richie litigation. That’s R. I. C. H. I. E. that’s Richie Again, Darren, I appreciate you so much for being on the show. My Fred beat be safe and I appreciate your, your, your knowledge bombs. You, you absolutely blew my mind. Great talking to you guys. Hey, take care. And now without any further ed ado.

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Court: Former Bentley Dealership President-Turned-Litigator’s Firm Can Rep Salesman Suing Dealer for Discrimination

Former Bentley Dealership President-Turned-Litigator’s Firm Can Rep Salesman Suing Dealer for Discrimination

A California appellate court has found that a law firm run by the former president and COO of a luxury car dealership can represent a fired Asian-American salesman in pursuing discrimination claims against the company.

The Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed a lower court decision that found that Darren Richie and Richie Litigation, the law firm he founded in 2017 after leaving his position as a senior executive at the O’Gara Coach Co. LLC car dealership chain, should be disqualified from representing Thomas Wu, a former salesman at the company’s Beverley Hills Bentley dealership. Wu claimed that leadership at the company had created a hostile work environment, that his supervisor referred to his Chinese friends as “chinks” and to him as “Buddha” or “sumo wrestler” due to his weight and heritage.

The company’s lawyers had successfully argued at the trial court below that Richie would be a key witness in the case and that through his employment at the company he had been directly involved with matters substantially related to Wu’s claims including the company’s discrimination policy. The company’s lawyers had also argued that, as a former senior executive, Richie owed the company continuing fiduciary duties, including to maintain the confidentiality of its privileged information.

But on Wednesday, the Court of Appeal found that, though Richie, who sat for the bar in 2017 after leaving the company, had been involved in setting and implementing the company’s discrimination policy as a nonlawyer, he never had an attorney-client relationship with O’Gara Coach. They also found that since Richie was not Wu’s personal lawyer his involvement as a witness was a nonissue.

“Under California law a law firm is not subject to disqualification because one of its attorneys possesses information concerning an adversary’s general business practices or litigation philosophy acquired during the attorney’s previous relationship with the adversary,” wrote Presiding Justice Dennis Perluss for the unanimous three-judge panel.

The court found that O’Gara Coach hadn’t shown “the required material link” between Wu’s claims in the lawsuit and the development and implementation of the policies Richie worked on while still at the company. The court reached this conclusion despite declarations from O’Gara Coach’s outside counsel at Fisher & Phillips and A

Darren L.A. Criminal Defense Attorney

rent Fox, as well as the company’s outside general counsel, Encinitas sole practitioner Keith D. Kassan, about their numerous interactions with Richie.

“While O’Gara Coach argues Richie was the primary point of contact at the company for its outside general labor and employment counsel regarding the handling of employee complaints, it identifies no category of information gained by Richie as a result of those contacts that is directly at issue in, or has some unusual value or critical importance to, Richie Li

tigation’s representation of Wu,” Perluss wrote.

“We are gratified that the Court of Appeal recognizes that Richie Litigation is not disqualified simply because of Mr. Richie’s prior work for O’Gara Coach,” Brown said. “The Court made clear that general information about the personalities, business practices, procedures, or ‘the playbook’ of a former client, or in this case a former employer, cannot be enough to justify disqualification of a lawyer.”.Richie, whose firm bio lists his C-suite experience dealing with “ultra-luxury brands as Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati, andDucati,” referred a request for comment to Wu’s appellate counsel on the matter, Ethan Brown of Brown Neri Smith & Khan in Los Angeles.

O’Gara Coach was represented by Wendy McGuire Coats, who left Fisher & Phillips for an appointment on the Contra Costa County Superior Court bench while the appeal has been pending, and Christopher Boman and Sean Kingston, who remain with the firm. Boman was out of the office and unavailable for comment Thursday.

The Second District’s ruling comes a little more than seven months after the court went the opposite way in an earlier case involving Richie and the dealership. In the earlier case, the court found that Richie had knowledge of O’Gara Coach’s protected information regarding a former senior executive the firm was seeking to represent and disqualified both Richie and the firm. In the previously decided case, the court disqualified the firm, reversing a decision from the trial court below.


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