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Bart Kaspero handles complex matters on behalf of businesses and individuals involved in emerging markets and regulated industries. His experience spans over unique cases and backgrounds including navigating customs/imports, distributed ledger tech, cannabis licensing, international trade compliance, criminal record privacy, white-collar defense, civil rights, and data governance liability.
After a decade of litigating for individuals and businesses on serious criminal charges, Bart Kaspero’s journey into technology and international legal issues is far from traditional—and something he finds to be an advantage for his clients.
Graduating from UCI with honors with a Bachelors in Clinical Psychology, Kaspero postponed law school so that he can gain experience in finance when he accepted an offer from E*Trade. After leaving the company, he began his legal education at Chapman School of Law in Orange County, CA.
At Chapman Law, Kaspero became a member of the Moot Court honors board and took specialized courses in corporations and agency law. He clerked for the Hon. Judge Ngo T. Nguyen (ret.) in the West Justice Center for the California Superior Court where he researched contractual disputes, commercial violations, and multi-party jury trials. He also interned with the City Attorney’s office for the City of Newport Beach where he obtained trademark and copyright certifications for the city and was responsible for researching First Amendment matters related to online Internet privacy policies. There, he learned the important facets of intellectual property law as it pertains to public agencies as well as private enterprises.
Kaspero also managed a consulting firm where he represented Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese-owned businesses in obtaining commercial licenses. He worked on projects ranging from zoning amendments, conditional use permits, general plan amendments, building code violations, ABC licensing, and other unique regulatory hurdles faced by businesses.
In 2006, he began his career as a state-appointed attorney with the County of Riverside where he litigated both misdemeanor and felony cases to verdict. In one year he conducted over 15 trials with results that included full acquittals and hung verdicts for his clients. After leaving the County, he founded his own private practice in Orange County, CA.
For the next ten years, Kaspero managed a multitude of complex legal issues and was often put to test his client’s positions in the courtroom. His most notable achievements included:
• Representing elected politicians in high-profile criminal investigations
• Initiating Civil Rights lawsuits against several cities and counties
• Defending licensed professionals facing regulatory suspensions
• Secured numerous gag-orders related to consumer privacy violations
• Developed several proprietary programs to better serve his clients
In 2016, he earned a specialized certification in BI/DW Technology from UCI, which eventually would lead him to develop several data mining and analytic tools. He is also the author a data privacy research paper published in several journals related to his criminal record privacy practice and data warehouse knowledge.
In 2017, he led a team of legal researchers and designers to build RecordFixer, an App created to help people with criminal records optimize their privacy from background check companies. Kaspero’s unique multi-disciplinary approach caught the attention of notable innovators and soon became a go-to resource for unique businesses and experimental entrepreneurs, most notably: creative cannabis industry disruptors, blockchain programmers, and advising emerging cryptocurrency quantitative traders.
While developing new legal technology for use in the public and private markets, Kaspero joined SKT to add to the all-inclusive legal services the firm provides for their clients. With SKT, Kaspero seeks to help guide the firm’s clients into the cutting-edge of international trade and innovative businesses.
Bart is a member of the Customs and International Trade Association, International Technology Law Association, Antitrust, Privacy, Unfair Practices section of the California State Bar, and is involved with the Dean’s Leadership Society of UCI’s award winning social sciences alumni program.