Richard Paletta's practice has focused exclusively on strategic planning in high-stakes, multi-faceted complex litigation with a focus on consumer class actions involving deceptive & unfair trade practices, securities fraud and antitrust violations. Some of the high profile matters included multi-state and nationwide class actions certified on behalf of over 15 million consumers against telecommunication giants AT&T, Southwestern Bell, GTE & Ameritech seeking damages of $2.35 billion resulting in settlements totaling $765 million, including substantial injunctive relief and changes in corporate consumer marketing and sales practices.
Mr. Paletta is often engaged behind the scenes in collaboration with some of the most formidable trial lawyers in the country, and has been responsible for the origination and strategic planning that has resulted in successful resolution of numerous complex cases. He serves in such a capacity with the Zigler Law Group, providing remarkable insight, multi-faceted analysis and strategy for a wide range of complex legal and financial matters.
Mr. Paletta is also managing director of First Earth Foundation. In collaboration with a network of international attorneys, forensic investigators and anti-corruption experts, he provides strategic litigation planning and prosecution in civil lawsuits against individuals and entities engaged in complex financial fraud and money laundering. Target defendants often use asset protection trusts, International Business Corporations and LLCs to purchase US real estate assets in sophisticated schemes to evade discovery of assets and to conceal beneficial ownership of assets. Utilizing innovative and aggressive legal strategies, including RICO claims seeking treble damages, Mr. Paletta partners with an international network of co-counsel in pursuing recovery of illicitly-acquired assets in the US.
Mr. Paletta is admitted to practice in the state of Missouri.