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Innocent School Construction CEO Vindicated in Publicly Damaging Investigation

(Ontario, CA) – Friday, July 30, 2021 – The Riverside County District Attorney’s office dismissed all charges against Ontario-based Neff Construction CEO Edward Mierau after an almost four-year frivolous investigation and persecution. Prosecutors from the Public Integrity Unit filed close to thirty (30) felony counts against Mierau, an innocent man.  It took Mierau years to clear his name.  Mierau has never been in trouble before and had enjoyed a sterling statewide reputation for school construction that was nearly ruined by the false charges.

“The district attorney’s office secretly used auditors and investigators from FCMAT that manipulated the process to create a false narrative of Mierau’s guilt. These deceitful tactics publicly damaged the reputation of both Mierau and Neff Construction which will continue to have extreme impacts on their ability to conduct business,’’ said Pacheco.  “The Public Integrity Unit of the DA’s office ought to have integrity. In Mierau’s case they had none.”

The full press release is available here.


Rod Pacheco Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell for 2021 Judicial Edition 

Rod Pacheco has been rated AV Preeminentfor 2021, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.


Rod Pacheco Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell for 2021 

Rod Pacheco has been rated AV Preeminentfor 2021, the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that a large number of Mr. Pacheco’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.


Rod Pacheco Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell for 2020 

Rod Pacheco has been rated AV Preeminentfor 2020, the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies that a large number of Mr. Pacheco’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.


Rod Pacheco Appointed as a Member of the White Collar Subcommittee on Healthcare Fraud by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.

For more information visit: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Rod Pacheco Appointed as a Member of the Task Force on Discovery Reform by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.

For more information visit: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Rod Pacheco Selected Among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® for 2020

Rod Pacheco has been selected among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® for Southern California. This honor is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional White-Collar and General Criminal Defense Attorneys in throughout the nation.

Candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

The full press release can be read here.


Rod Pacheco Selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyer

Rod Pacheco has been named to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Only 5% of attorneys in Southern California receive this distinction. Mr. Pacheco has received the honor of a SuperLawyer designation every year from 2011 to 2020.

Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.