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Ronald Michael Cordova
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Ronald Michael Cordova

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Drawing on his wealth of experience as a former California state legislator and Orange County deputy district attorney, Ron Cordova has achieved outstanding results in even the most difficult and challenging cases. Ron has represented clients in 29 states and the District of Columbia as well as several foreign countries and has tried more than 150 cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has been selected as a Southern California SuperLawyer every year since 2007 and has been named by OC Metro Magazine as one of Orange County's top five criminal defense attorneys in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Time Magazine and Newsweek Magazine have recognized Ron Cordova as one of the best criminal defense attorneys nationwide. Despite his national prominence, Ron devotes his personal attention to every client.  When you need an experienced lawyer who will represent you with skill, vigor and respect, contact Ron Cordova.

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Languages Spoken: German, Spanish, Swedish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1972

  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    42 years, 2.35 thousand cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    34 years, 475 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($375-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • McCracken Poston

    I have worked with Ron Cordova on a number of criminal defense cases that could be characterized as "extremely difficult" in nature. Both cases involved high-profile clients and involving very difficult factual and legal issues. In both cases and in frequent communication over the past decade I have never ceased to be very impressed by the intellect and quick thinking of this fine lawyer. I look forward to future cases where I might have the honor of working with him again.

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    McCracken Poston Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Having had the pleasure of bearing witness to Mr. Cordova's skills in the trial courts of Southern California, I can honestly say he is without peer among the criminal defense attorneys in the Golden State of California.

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    Richard Wagner Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ron Cordova Attorney at Law

16520 Bake Pkwy
Suite 280
Irvine, CA, 92618

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197202/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2013
Nationwide Top AttorneysNewsweek Magazine2013
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2012
Leading Criminal Defense AttorneysNewsweek Magazine2012
Top Five Criminal Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2012
Nationwide Top AttorneysNewsweek Magazine2011
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2011
Top Five Criminal Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2011
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top Five Criminal Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2010
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2010
Top Five Criminal Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2009
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2008
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2007
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2006
Outstanding Young Men of AmericaUS Jaycees1978
Outstanding Young Men of AmericaUS Jaycees1977

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professorthe University of California, Irvine1981 - 1983
Attorneythe Law Office of Ron Cordova1979 - Present
Member of the State Assemblythe California Legislature1976 - 1978
Adjunct Professorthe University of California, Irvine1975 - 1977
Deputy District Attorneythe Orange County District Attorney's Office1973 - 1976

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Newport Harbor Bar Associationmember2006 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember1979 - Present
California Bar Associationmember1972 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State vs. Tommy Ray-Brent Marsh (03CR20884,03CR20885,03CR20886,03CR20887), Walker (Georgia) Superior CourtNegotiated plea (after Supreme Court ruling)
State vs. Clara Marsh (06CR22209); State vs. LaShea Marsh (06CR22210), Walker (Georgia) Superior CourtAll charges dismissed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
California District Attorneys Association - Prosecutor's BriefThe California State Bar and Parkinson's Law1977
Orange County Bar AssociationIn re Yurko: Portent or Anomaly?1975

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
USC Law Schoolinternational lawlaw1972
University of StockholmNordic studiespost-graduate studies1968
Dartmouth Collinternational relationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Trinity College, DublinIrish historyjunior year abroadN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Visiting Professor, University of Maribor (Slovenia)American Criminal Law2013
Visiting Professor, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic)The Development of Criminal Law in Common Law Jurisdictions2013
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Pecs (Hungary)American Criminal Law2013
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Pecs (Hungary)American Criminal Law2012
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary)The Development of Criminal Law in Common Law Jurisdictions2012
Visiting Professor, University of Maribor (Slovenia)American Criminal Law2011
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Pecs (Hungary)American Criminal Law2011
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Pecs (Hungary)American Criminal Law2010
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary)The Development of Criminal Law in Common Law Jurisdictions2010
International Criminal Law Symposium, Nicolas Copernicus University (Torun, Poland)Miranda in the Post-September 11th Context2010
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Debrecen (Hungary)American Criminal Law2009
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Torun, Poland)The Development of Criminal Law in Common Law Jurisdictions2009
Visiting Professor of Comparative Law, University of Szeged (Hungary)Trial Tactics Seminar2008