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Richard Crites is a trial attorney with significant experience in multiple facets of civil litigation, with a focus on catastrophic injury cases. Mr. Crites manages complex cases from inception through trial, including post-judgment and appellate practice. He has significant experience in multiple legal areas, including automotive and trucking accidents, pharmaceutical and dietary supplement cases, tire failure cases, fire subrogation, toxic tort and environmental contamination cases, work-place chemical exposure claims, and other serious personal injury and wrongful death actions. He has also successfully represented businesses and individuals in employment law cases and complex business disputes.
Early in his career, Mr. Crites was named as national coordinating counsel for a Tennessee-based manufacturer in nationwide subrogation litigation with exposure in excess of $100 million. In that role, Mr. Crites was instrumental in securing a unanimous verdict for his client, which The Daily Journal recognized as one of California’s "Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2004."
Mr. Crites has been elected as co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Products Liability Section from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, he co-chaired the OCBA's Tort and Trial Practice Section.
Mr. Crites was named “Who’s Who” of the Orange County Bar Association in the March 2012 edition of The Orange County Lawyer Magazine. This is the sixth consecutive year that he has received this honor.
In 2011, Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Crites as a Rising Star in the Southern California legal community. He again received this honor in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Mr. Crites is admitted to practice in all California state courts and multiple Federal District Courts.
Mr. Crites attained his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, located in Washington, D.C. in 1999. His B.A. in political science was conferred by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1996.