• Report: #1066894

Complaint Review: Lanphier & Associates

  • Submitted: Sun, July 14, 2013
  • Updated: Sun, July 14, 2013

  • Reported By: Nullus Turpe — 924 Rattenbury Road California
Lanphier & Associates
2817 I St #3 Sacramento, California USA


*Consumer Comment: Lanphier and Associates Reputable

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Liable is dangerous

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The State Bar of California, while performing its due diligence during an investigation of Attorney Steele Lanphier, failed to uncover extremely pertinent information that should be a matter of public record.

      A dozen years ago, Lanphier was experiencing financial difficulities when he was approached by Luis Vargas, a convicted drug dealer AND FEDERAL INFORMANT that served time in Federal prison. Vargas is related to nefarious members of a Mexican Mafia-led drug cartel. He has been heard stating that he has millions of dollars readily available and is known for routinely lying to anyone for any reason to elicit even more money.  Vargas is a self-proclaimed “gangster”; he recruited Lanphier by advancing him a large sum of money to pay off his personal debts as well as additional funds to allow him to promote and advertise his law firm. Vargas insisted that his girlfriend, Norma Guzman, handle all monetary transactions and perform legal duties within Lanphier’s firm.  Vargas directs Ms. Guzman to falsify amounts on the bankruptcy forms required to be filed for their clients to federal bankruptcy courts avoid detection. Many of the other attorneys have left the firm and ran for cover. They are expected to testify about their dealings with Vargas and Lanphier. The IRS and State authorities are expected to have an interest in this parternership as well. Vargas gained complete authority of all business aspects of the firm and makes all the decisions while Lanphier makes none; even though he had entered into an equitable financial fee-split 50-50 arrangement with Lanphier, Vargas insisted on pilfering even more money from the firm. Vargas has brazenly stated “I am the the (expletive) owner, I am (expletive) Lanphier.”  In partnership with some non-attorney “associates”, including David Silva and Caesar (last name unknown), Vargas has managed to gain complete control and administration of Lanphier’s firm.  As of this writing, Lanphier & Associates is under investigation by both Federal Authorities and the California State bar for misappropriation of trust fund monies.

   Vargas is both a user and supplier of illegal steroids, methamphetamine and other narcotics.  He routinely threatens and intimidates anyone who questions or fails to follow his orders. Lanphier is in fear of unpredictable retribution from Vargas as he believes him to be not only capable, but more than willing, to carry out his threats of physical harm. Vargas is a known informant for the Federal Government. Who is protecting this drug dealer? 

     Luis Vargas has several aliases, including, but not limited to, Joseph Guzman and Joseph Lopez.  Together with his girlfriend, Norma Guzman, they own several trust accounts, solely for the purpose of veiling their funds from Electronic Data Discovery and the Internal Revenue Service.  Vargas and others are routinely paid in cash to avoid detection by the State Bar and the IRS.  It is entirely unfortunate that Steele Lanphier chose NOT to testify truthfully at State Bar Proceedings, ultimately giving his consent to this criminal enterprise that is an obvious formidable threat to the general public. It appears that the State bar of California has been ineffective in their efforts thus far to investigate this law firm.  

     If you had a negative experience with Lanphier and Associates, it is STRONGLY ADVISED that you phone the California State Bar Association at 1-800-843-9053 to file a formal complaint.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/14/2013 08:42 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Lanphier-Associates/Sacramento-California-95816/Lanphier-Associates-Steele-Lanphier-LANPHIER-ASSOCIATES-OWNED-BY-DRUG-DEALER-UNDER-1066894. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Lanphier and Associates Reputable

AUTHOR: Warren - ()

I am very impressed with the professionalism and high standards of ethical integrity that I received as a client of Lanphier and Associates.  They maintain a small, humble office to help save their customers money, and were knowledgeable about all facets of different Chapters of federal bankruptcy code, explaining them to me and offering me alternatives to work through my financial difficulties.

That someone would start a RUMOR that this straight-laced man and his associates are somehow involved in drug trafficking is ludicrous!  They make plenty of money the old fashioned way - they work for it.  And they put in long hours and are available when needed, at that.  

Hopefully they do not choose to go after this slanderous, uneducated trouble maker for making claims that are both not supported by ANY evidence in his "report", but also fails to cite even one reference to support his claims.  With this level of ignorance, he would not likely be able to afford a slander suit as he - obviously someone with a low I.Q. and level of education - probably does not understand how this highly educated, frugal spending, and successful attorney is able to maintain a savings account that he probably lacks.  

- Warren Hartwell, another satisfied Lanphier client, USMC, Mason, and proud American.  God Bless America!

P.S. - Yes, I will defend your right to speech, but don't forget we share that right together!







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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Liable is dangerous

AUTHOR: Steele Lanphier, Esq. - ()

 I am and have always been the sole owner of Lanphier & Associates.  Rather than defend myself I would ask the drafter of this outrageous tilel to suply any proof of the claim, that I am or haver ever been a drug dealer.  Claims like this and the other claims in the blog are easy to make but as it is untrue the proof will be hard to come by.

This blatrant mis-information posted in this blog is completely untrue, it is no more than an attempt to sully my name and reputation (undoubtedly for business reasons).

If any client or potential client wants to discuss this blog with me I will be happy to make an appointment for them.


Steele Lanphier, Esq. Owner of Lanphier & Associates


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