In the News

Jonathon Richter of the Merced office of Richard A. Ciummo & Associates obtains not guilty on homicide case in Los Banos California—complete vindication of our clients on murder charges.  Read more here:

Antonio Alvarez, Chief Defense Attorney of Ciummo & Associate’s Fresno office, was recently selected by Justice Brad Hill , Presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, to serve a one year term on the Fifth District Court of Appeal Regional Committee. The Committee is tasked with receiving and reviewing applications from attorneys who want to be included in a statewide panel for death penalty-related habeas corpus proceedings. The Committee is further tasked with maintaining and providing the various Superior Courts with attorneys qualified to handle death penalty related habeas corpus cases and matching appropriately qualified attorneys to those cases.”

On October 11, 2018 Ms. Amy Guerra, age 39, was appointed by the Governor to the Fresno County Superior Court bench. She was sworn in shortly thereafter. Ms. Guerra was with Richard A. Ciummo & Associates since 2007. From 2007 to 2014 Ms. Guerra was a staff attorney with the firm. In 2014 she was promoted to the Chief Defense Attorney of the Fresno Alternate Defense Office. Pictured below is Richard Ciummo speaking at the enrobement ceremony for Ms. Guerra.


Mr. Brian Austin, who contracted with Richard A. Ciummo for many years was elected to the Madera County Superior Court in November, 2018. Mr. Austin handled criminal and juvenile delinquency and dependency matter for the firm at various stages of his career.

On Thursday, April 12th, 2018, Richard Ciummo and Associates was honored at the Annual Thank You Reception hosted by Central California Legal Services and the Fresno County Bar Association.  Our firm was recognized for the pro bono/volunteer work our attorneys have done in collaboration with the Veterans Legal Clinic, helping to expunge the criminal records of local veterans.The following attorneys from the firm, along with officials from the Fresno County Bar Association and Central California Legal Services : Greg Gross, Eric Castellon, Michael Fitzgerald (CEO), Gina Franco, Emily Takao, Jeremy Snell, Antonio Alvarez, Richard Esquivel. PHOTO CREDIT:  Howard K. Watkins

On August 30th, 2017, Mayor Lee Brand announced that he would appoint nine community members to the Community Public Safety Advisory Board.  Amy Guerra, an employee of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates' and Chief Defense Attorney in the firm's Fresno Alternate Defense Office was selected by the mayor to serve on that board.  The board's role will be to review policies and practices in officer involved shootings and alleged excessive force cases and make recommendations to the Office of Independent Review.  The board will also provide advice on how the city can implement a community-based policing program in an effort to "enhance trust, accountability and transparency to promote a higher standard of service for the Fresno Police Department."  Read more here:

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K walk/fundraiser. The organization's mission is to raise awareness about mental illness and raise funds to help individuals and families right here in our region. 

Just a little over a week before Christmas, Linden Lindahl (an employee of Richard A. Ciummo and Assoc.) made his closing argument in an LWOP (life without parole) homicide case to a jury in Kings County.  After only five hours of deliberation, the jury returned an acquittal—not guilty on all counts. Lindahl said his client testified in his trial that he was a friend of the victim and had no reason to kill him. “He’s glad it’s over,” Lindhal said after the verdict. “He’s planning on moving away from Hanford.” Read more here

Eric Castellon of the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates successfully defended a highly publicized “shaken baby” case when the jury voted unanimously on December 18th, 2016 in support of a not guilty verdict as to the child endangerment charges. Read here

Every year, Olga Lopez (Office Manager for the Fresno office of Richard Ciummo and Assoc.) organizes the “Share the Warmth” project to help provide warm clothing, gloves, shoes, etc. to the homeless population in downtown Fresno.  With the assistance of the firm, Richard A. Ciummo (owner) and Mike Fitzgerald (CEO), as well as attorneys and staff throughout multiple offices, Olga takes on the immense task of collecting donations to support the project that she created.  This year, the deliveries were made just a few days before Christmas on December 23rd.  The firm would like to thank Olga for her hard work and effort, as well as those attorneys, staff and others supported the project by providing assistance and/or donations to support the project.

On August 24th, 2016, the Fresno County Bar Association's Criminal Law and Pro Bono section presented Ciummo and Associates with the "Pro Bono Special Recognition Award" for the volunteer work our firm employees have committed to the Veterans Legal Clinic, (helping to expunge veterans' criminal records).  Firm employees pictured from right to left: Richard A. Ciummo, (owner), Richard Esquivel, Emily Takao, Polly Sieler, Linden Lindahl, Jeremy Snell, Dennis Yamada.  

On March 12th-13th, 2016 attorneys Emily Takao, Polly Sieler and Richard Esquivel from Richard Ciummo & Associates volunteered their time to staff an expungement/Prop 47 clinic for the area's veterans alongside the Fresno Vet Center and the One Justice Bus Project. This is the third clinic the attorneys have volunteered to participate in.


For more information, or to read what the clinic's participants had to say about the experience, please click here.


As it has in past years, the Placer office of Richard A. Ciummo & Associates, (Placer County Public Defender's Office) sponsored
the Placer County Bar Association's Charity Golf Tournament, an event which benefits Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).   The mission of LSNC is to provide legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the effects of poverty within their community utilizing all available resources.  This September, the Placer Office 
team took the 1st prize and honors, coming in at 13 under par. 

On September 19th, 2015, Richard A. Ciummo and Associates hosted the employees (and their families) of the Fresno and Madera offices at the Sierra Racquet Club for a BBQ and raffle. In this picture, the children and grandchildren attending commemorate  the 21st Annual Employee Picnic by jumping into the pool together. 


Mark Siegel, attorney at the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates, successfully defended a highly publicized murder case when the jury, on September 2nd, 2015,  voted unanimously in support of a not guilty verdict as to the murder count. Story

On August 25th, 2015, Scott Kinney, attorney at the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates, was granted a mistrial after a jury voted 10-2 of and 11-1 in favor of a not guilty verdict. Story


On April 11th, 2015, and June 17th, 2015, Richard A. Ciummo and Associates partnered with the Fresno Veteran’s Center and the OneJustice program to offer free legal clinics to the underserved veteran community.  Emily Takao, of the Fresno office of Ciummo and Associates, worked closely with the organizations to arrange for our staff and contract attorneys to donate pro-bono hours to the two clinics.  The clinics focused on providing information and assisting veterans with expungement and/or applications under Proposition 47.  Pictured from left to right are Jeremy Snell, Emily Takao, Polly Seiler (attorneys out of the Fresno office) and Linden Lindahl (conflict “wheel attorney” in Fresno).  Not pictured:  Richard Esquivel and Janene Weber (of the Fresno office). Click here to read what the clients had to say about the clinic.

In an effort to establish his client’s alibi,  Doug Foster (attorney at the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates) presented the testimony of expert witness Manfred Schenk, who had once worked on the Apollo 11 space mission and was an expert in radio frequency waves. Read more at: Fresno gang member’s trial begins in killing of innocent victim.
The Fresno Bee, July 18, 2015.


Richard Esquivel of the Fresno office of Richard A. Ciummo and Associates and Amy K. Guerra, Chief Defense Attorney at the Alternate Defense Office (a conflict defense office under Richard A. Ciummo and Associates) successfully argue for mistrial in officer-shooting case
The Fresno Bee, July 9, 2015.


Antonio Alvarez, Chief Defense Attorney of the Fresno office Richard A. Ciummo & Associates, negotiates 16 month sentence for his client Tex McDonald on the highly publicized Chukchansi case in Madera.
ABC 30 Action News, July 2, 2015.

After thirteen months and one trial, Franz Criego, attorney at the Fresno office of Richard Ciummo and Associates, received a dismissal on his client's contentious murder case before it could proceed to trial a second time
The Fresno Bee, May 22, 2015.

Richard A. Ciummo & Associates are proud to sponsor the Placer Food Bank, the leading hunger-relief charity in Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties. In addition to sponsoring, Martin Jones, Assistant Chief Defense Attorney at the Placer office of the firm serves as a Member-At-Large.

"The verdict is read: Not guilty of murder. Not guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Not guilty of felony elder abuse." 
Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2011. Story

Attorney Craig Collins (left), client Stephanie Hernandez (middle) and attorney Martin Jones (right).

"Murder charges dropped against a Fresno man" 
ABC 30 Action News, December 4, 2012.


"Juror misconduct in Fresno County led to a mistrial"
ABC 30 Action News, April 20, 2012.

"IHOP shooter found not guilty on all counts" 

Appeal-Democrat, July 20, 2011.

"Fresnan not guilty in motel shootings" 
The Fresno Bee, September 23, 2010.


"Jury says Fresnan didn't rob parents at gunpoint" 
The Fresno Bee, July 22, 2010.