Meet Richard Ciummo. In a state where 25 counties pay private attorneys to defend their poor in court, this Fresno attorney just may be the Sam Walton of California’s indigent defense industry.

Ciummo (pronounced choo-moh) is the principal of Richard A. Ciummo & Associates, a private, for-profit law firm that holds contracts for indigent representation in nine counties (.pdf). While Walton made billions selling bags of Ol’ Roy dog food and men’s socks on the cheap, Ciummo has perfected a similar, albeit much less profitable, business model offering local government a range of professional legal services at an affordable price.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]