John Elardo, an attorney based in Phoenix, has been fighting fraud cases for most of his legal career. Elardo’s commercial practice includes successfully defending the target defendant in a $32 million dollar securities fraud case.
He also prosecuted a multi-million dollar breach of contract case against the State of California, as well as, obtained a $33 million dollar verdict against various corporate and personal defendants in a RICO/fraud trial. Mr. Elardo's tort practice focuses on defending large self-insured organizations and insurance companies.
An economics graduate of Southern Methodist University, Elardo earned his law and MBA degrees from Drake University in 1993. He practices exclusively in the areas of tort and commercial litigation.
Elardo has been involved in hundreds of trial proceedings including over 75 jury trials to verdict. He has also been involved in numerous cases in the Court of Appeals including the reported cases of Cox v. May Department Stores, Drucker v. Greater Phoenix Transportation, Johnson v. Elson, and Western Corrections, Inc. v. Tierney.
Among his professional achievements, Elardo was named a Top 10 Arizona Verdict winner of 2008. In 2010, he was selected as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers. In 2011, Mr. Elardo became a Member of the Council on Litigation Management. In 2012 Mr. Elardo was selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
According to Merriam-Webster, fraud is "the crime of using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person."
A fraudster is "a person who pretends to be what he or she is not in order to trick people."
Fraud can occur on the Internet as with the case of identity theft and phishing scams. It can also take place in recruiting scams, such as when recruiters request upfront fees for jobs. Consumers should be vigilant of perpetrators of scams.