Ricardo Arias

Ricardo Arias is an associate in Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek'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 law 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's degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. 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's 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 for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court (Hon. William B. Enright Inn), Associate

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Mexico’s New Anti-Corruption Laws, California International Law Journal of the California Lawyers Association Vol. 27, No. 1, Summer 2019

Professional Awards & Honors

  • San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Star (2020-2022) (fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive this honor)


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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