Teresa Céspedes Alarcón

Teresa Céspedes Alarcón


Criminal Defense & Business Litigation

Teresa Céspedes Alarcón is a founding partner of California law firm KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and related civil litigation and divides her time between the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. She represents businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in state and federal matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and commercial bribery investigations and prosecutions, fraud, environmental crimes, public corruption, campaign finance improprieties, contract disputes, SEC and regulatory agency enforcement actions, internal investigations, grand jury proceedings and federal appeals.

Ms. Alarcón brings 15 years of experience to KAEDIAN LLP with substantial experience in all aspects of litigation, from inception of a case through trial. Prior to forming the firm, Ms. Alarcón worked for a respected Los Angeles defense firm where she represented corporate entities and individual executives across a wide array of industries and officials in both state and federal litigation matters and appeals. Earlier in her legal career, Ms. Alarcón was an associate at Bienert, Miller Katzman PLC and Am Law 100 firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP respectively. Working in the White Collar Crime and Litigation Departments for both firms, Ms. Alarcón oversaw a team of talented associates involved in all stages of litigation, from pleadings and complex discovery management, to settlement negotiations and trials. Ms. Alarcón also developed vast experience in running complex internal investigations for companies in an array of business industries, as well as the development and implementation of compliance programs and procedures for business clients.

Ms. Alarcón served as a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur Alarcón (no relation) for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Alarcón obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts in International Business from California State University, Fullerton.

Ms. Alarcón served as a Director for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association for the 2012 to 2014 term, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and Los Angeles Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association. She has presented on timely topics related to the practice of white collar criminal defense and on professional ethics and regulatory compliance. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Alarcón is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


  • Award, Super Lawyers, Rising Star for White Collar Criminal Defense in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
  • Publication, Investigating Corporate Employees in Civil and Criminal Litigation – A Necessary But Difficult Task, Federal Bar Association Newsletter, Spring 2010.


  • Defense of a general partner in a $320 million real estate mortgage case involving allegations of securities fraud, resulting in a very favorable sentence.
  • Successful representation of a national title company in campaign contribution and finance investigations conducted on the local and state levels.
  • Defense of a high-ranking executive in an enforcement action involving violations of federal campaign contribution laws, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Successful defense of a financial institution in a criminal investigation involving the workplace death of an employee.
  • Defense of a company executive in a criminal case involving violations of the Clean Water Act, resulting in a very favorable sentence.
  • Defense of a high-level executive in a criminal case involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, resulting in a favorable sentence.
  • Successful representation of a national trucking company and its president in a commercial bribery case.
  • Successful representation of a hospital executive in a grand jury investigation involving false statements to regulatory agencies.
  • Successful defense of an elected official involving charges of threats against public officials, resulting in a mistrial.
  • Successful representation of Cities, City Councils and City Council members, and elected state officials in grand jury investigations.