Ricardo Arias

Mr. Arias is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. He represents clients primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense, cross-border litigation and business litigation.


Mr. Arias earned his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where he was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society, Moot Court Honors Board and finalist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University (SDSU).  While at SDSU, Mr. Arias studied abroad at the European School of Economics in London and Rome, earning a Certificate in International Finance.

Employment Background

Prior to joining SCMV as an associate, Mr. Arias served as a law clerk for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. and as a certified legal intern for the San Diego County Public Defender Office.  He also worked as a law clerk for the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center in Miami, Florida.  In 2013, Mr. Arias joined the Litigation team at SCMV, first as a paralegal and then as a law clerk.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Selected by California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2020 (no more than 2.5% of attorneys selected)


Mr. Arias is fluent in spoken and written Spanish, and has reviewed and analyzed Spanish-language legal documents in connection with his representation of clients.

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