Frederick H. Kranz



Veteran Trial Lawyer

A veteran trial lawyer with a combined 100 trials and arbitrations, including 46 jury verdicts, Rick's clients, who are in nearly every area of the real estate industry, seek his sound legal advice for resolving conflicts in all matters of litigation. He has also worked in many business sectors including manufacturers and resellers, medical device, syndicators, and banks.

With a strong national reputation, Rick has been recognized by his peers by election and membership in such distinguished legal associations as the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Litigation Counsel of America (member by invitation only), and Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Wide-ranging Experience

Rick's federal court cases have involved securities law, RICO, and assorted business torts. He has appeared in federal court in all of the districts of California, the District of Columbia, and district courts in New York, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. He has also argued cases before the Second, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Rick's state court cases have taken him from San Diego to Sacramento. The cases have covered the full range of matters from real estate disputes to complex business disputes.

Sought After Media Source

In connection with his skill set, Rick has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, 20-20, Eye on America, PBS and numerous other media outlets. One of his cases was profiled in a chapter in the best selling book by Caroline Kennedy, The Right to Privacy (Random House) and was profiled in the PBS Special The Soundbiters


Securities Litigation

Defended a developer in a fraud and failure to register securities case.

Prosecuted a securities fraud case against a failed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Defended the officers of a failed multi-level marketing organization.

Other Fraud Litigation

Defended a RICO claim against a major title company in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Defended the organizers of a failed savings and loan.

Represented the FDIC in the closure and resulting litigation of three multi-branch banks.

Defended a major computer company relating to claim of fraud and false advertising.

Business Torts

Obtained a unanimous jury defense verdict in case by licensee of Johnson & Johnson alleging over $80 million dollars in damages for the purported misappropriation of trade secrets by a Canadian medical device company

Defended an action brought under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act against a major manufacturer of copy machine components.

Defended a major peripheral manufacturer on claims of breach of contract as a breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Real Property

Prosecuted three separate water rights adjudications in Southern California to completion and final order of adjudication regarding overlying and appropriative rights to subterranean water basins.

Defended a series of nine cases brought by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs over the ownership of property and water rights of land along the Colorado River.

Represented a developer in a hostile takeover of 38 private and public REITs located in 8 different states.

Defended and prosecuted numerous matters involving tradition real property issues ranging from eminent domain to partition actions.

Lender Liability And Workouts

Represented a landowner against bank on lender liability theory.

Defended seven different lender liability cases and in each case obtained either dismissals or advantageous settlements.

Handled numerous workouts of failed loans both from the lender and borrower perspectives.


Represented a major California utility on a claim under the commercial code relating to the construction of a water project.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in 20 actions for breaches of medical leases of sophisticated blood analyzers.

Handled numerous Article 2 and Article 9 cases under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Represented a major title insurer in connection with an alleged botched title search to two square miles of farmland.

Labor And Employment

Successfully defended two sexual harassment claims against a major computer importer.

Successfully defended a glass manufacturer in a wrongful termination case.

Successfully defended a hotel owner in a multi-million dollar employment case.

Represented a rock band and their manager in a sexual harassment claim by a roadie.


Represented a municipality before the Public Utilities Commission regarding EIR certification for a light rail line.

Represented a municipality before the Federal Power Commission concerning allocation of natural gas to the contiguous western states.

Represented a municipality in the contingency plans for oil shortages before the Public Utilities Commission.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

Litigation Update: Recent Cases Of Note, CCN Perspectives, Winter 2009

Litigation Update: Key Cases Since January 1, 2008, CCN Perspectives, Summer 2008

Litigation Update: Key Cases Since June 1, 2007, CCN Perspectives, Winter 2008

The US Supreme Court Veers Right. Does The Shift Mean Anything For The Business of Real Estate?, CCN Perspectives, Winter 2008

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006; 2012-2016

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (member by invitation only)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • America Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1972
  • B.A., Loyola-Marymount University, 1969