James D. Riddet

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in San Clemente, CA

Bienert | Katzman PC
 | 903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: 949-226-6591
Fax: 949-369-3701
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1967
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney James D. Riddet serves of counsel with the Bienert | Katzman PC, law firm in San Clemente, California. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 50 years of experience and a veteran of almost 100 jury trials, Mr. Riddet focuses his practice primarily on defending those who have been charged or are under investigation for federal crimes, including white collar crimes, securities and tax violations, federal drug trafficking crimes and more.

A 1963 graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Riddet returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in 1966. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice the following year, and he has extensive experience handling cases before all of California's U.S. District Courts as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also holds certification as a criminal law specialist from The State Bar of California.

During the course of his long and illustrious career, Mr. Riddet has earned a reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the nation, which has placed him in high demand to defend the rights and liberties of the accused throughout the country and even internationally. In recognition for his success, he has earned selection from The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 1987, as well as numerous other awards and honors for his professionalism and service.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Riddet currently serves on the board of governors for the Orange County Bar Association and on the board of directors for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the Federal Bar Association. He has also served as chair for a number of panels and committees, and he routinely conducts lectures across his region on a variety of legal topics.

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, among other professional affiliations.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime

Criminal Defense (30%): Drug & Alcohol Violations, Tax Evasion

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Tax Evasion


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About James Riddet

Admitted: 1967, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.bmkattorneys.com/our-team/jim-d-riddet/


  • Selected to the Super Lawyers list, every year since 2004
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Selected by Los Angeles Magazine as a Super Lawyer
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers, every year since 1987
  • Selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Orange County

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • California State Bar Criminal Law Certified Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • CJA Panel, Chair
  • Magistrate’s Selection Committee, U.S. District Court, Committee Member
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Delegate, Chair, 1989-2000
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Board of Directors
  • Southern Division CJA Panel, U.S. District Court, Committee Member
  • Magistrate’s Selection Committee
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Orange County Bar Association, Board of Governors

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.S., Business
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Office Location for James D. Riddet

903 Calle Amanecer
Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673

Phone: 949-226-6591

Fax: 949-369-3701

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Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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