World’s Biggest Importer of Endangered Plants

Santa Monica and all of Southern California

Mr. Randolph represented a world-renowned author and expert on "cycads" - endangered plants indigenous to South Africa - in what was described by the Australian press as "the most extensive illegal plant importation case in history." A joint U.S./South African task force spent millions of dollars to investigate the case and bring charges in San Francisco. Mr. Randolph unraveled the government's case by discrediting its experts' ability to accurately identify the exact species of plant imported. The defendant received probation.