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Ronald Russell Talmo

Ronald Russell Talmo

Practice areas:

Administrative Law, Appeals, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Education

About Me

I have done virtually everything a lawyer can do from contract drafting, to murder trials, to military trials, to civil and criminal appeals, to private judging, to testifying as an expert on lawyer competence, to teaching law school, etc.  I have met some amazing people along the way who I proudly say are my friends.  There are over 2,000 lawyers here in California who know me as "Dean" or "Professor" Talmo.  I have instructed judges at conferences for administrative law judges (Children as Witnesses), superior court judges and appellate court justices (Legal logic).  I have been a featured speaker for the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Women Lawyer's Association, The Orange County Federal Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association, the State Bar of California and numerous other lawyer groups.

My practice is relatively limited now.  I represent all applicants and state icensed professionals who are facing license denial or discipline from their respective agencies or Departments (Nursing, Real Estate, Contractors, Day Care, etc.).  I also represent businesses that are facing loss of USDA/SNAP vendor privileges or Conditional Use Permit (CUP) denials.

Several years ago I restarted my life after the sudden death of my wife.  I spent a lot of time traveling and met a wonderful lady in Viet Nam while I was visiting my best client and closest friend.  After many air miles, Diem and I married there.  She is now a permanent US Resident.  We share a beautiful home here in Santa Ana where she is the official client greeter.  When you visit me, come hungry.  Diem is a very good cook.   


Languages Spoken: English, Vietnamese

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Administrative Law: 70%
    38 years, 300 cases
  2. Appeals: 20%
    38 years, 100 cases
  3. Education: 5%
    36 years, 100 cases
  4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 5%
    30 years, 30 cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Scott David Hughes

    I have associated with Ron on several cases over the years. He is an outstanding individual and attorney, with great legal skills and the highest moral character. I recommend him without reservation.


    Scott Hughes Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark William Fredrick

    I endorse this lawyer. I have been practicing law in Southern California for nearly twenty years. I that time I have never met a more knowledgeable and conscientious lawyer than Mr. Talmo. As the former dean of the local law school, Mr. Talmo is extremely well received in the legal community. I have often heard judges deferentially refer to him as "Dean" Talmo. His courtroom presentations are as fine as any lawyer I have ever seen practice. While it is always clear that Dean Talmo is the authority on whatever subject he is addressing, he has a knack for presenting his position in a manner that is neither predantic nor condecending. Further, his straght forward, honest approach in dealing with his cients is something that all lawyers should emulate. Anyone with a legal issue would be lucky to have dean Talmo has his lawyer.


    Mark Fredrick Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

1202 S Ross Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92707



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerFINDLAW2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Southern California Super LawyersFINDLAW2012
AV Rated Since 1985Martindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Civil Rights AwardACLU Foundation of Southern California1984
Law Review EditorPepperdine University School of Law1976

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Acting DeanWestern State University College of Law1990 - 1993
ProfessorWestern State University College of Law1979 - 2009
Legal Director, Orange County ChapterACLU Foundation of Southern California1979 - 1986

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Inns of CourtMember1999 - 2001
American Inns of CourtMember1990 - 1994
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1977 - Present
Orange County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties UnionLegal DirectorN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Landlord v. Video Store OwnerLandlord's case was dismissed
Exler v. DisneylandJury verdict in my client's favor.
United States v. Air Traffic ControllersSuccessful job reinstatements

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of DelawareSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Criminal Courts Bar Association DinnerPrivacy Rights2008
Admistrative Law Judges Annual ConferenceChild Witnesses1986
College of Trial AdvocacyJury selection1985