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, Fla. 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) (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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