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Ray Anthony Ybarra Maldonado

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   3 reviews

About Ray

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All criminal cases with an emphasis on Federal Criminal cases and serious felonies in State Court. Aggressive trial attorney who also handles appeals at the 9th Circuit.

  2. Immigration
    Focus on removal defense and family immigration. Bond hearings, individual hearings, and appeals to the BIA. Frequently appear at Immigration Court in Florence and Eloy.

Born in the small border town of Douglas, AZ, Ray Ybarra Maldonado is a Stanford educated attorney who took a two-year leave from his studies to directly intervene in the vigilante movement that was starting in Arizona. While working for the American Civil Liberties Union, Ybarra Maldonado was instrumental in starting a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes and trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the Minutemen as they patrolled the U.S.-Mexico Border.

He co-wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border and he has been quoted frequently in the national and international media on the topic of immigrants’ rights and the vigilantes.

Ybarra Maldonado is a noted public speaker who has given presentations at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and dozens of other universities, colleges, and community groups across North America.

Ybarra Maldonado has testified in front of local and state government entities and is work has been profiled in the Intelligence Report, Stanford Lawyer, and in a documentary that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, entitled “Crossing Arizona.”

As a trial attorney, in the anti-immigrant state of Arizona, he has attained not guilty verdict on felony charges for immigrants in both state and federal court. He has also won cases at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of migrants and currently remains in the trenches fighting to stop deportations in the Florence, Eloy, and Phoenix immigration courts and representing immigrants charged with both state and federal crimes. His recent victories include a not guilty verdict following a jury trial in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s workplace raid cases.

Ybarra Maldonado attended Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ on a baseball scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Religious Studies. He previously volunteered at migrants centers in Agua Prieta, Sonora and Tapachula, Chiapas where he assisted with cleaning, preparing food, and conducting human rights discussions.

Ybarra Maldonado is currently a non-residential fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, a board member of Los Abogados, and the Litigation Liason for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

He lives with his wife and children, Ray Emerson and Stokely, in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to his marriage to his wife Dr. Angeles Maldonado he was “Ray Ybarra” and legally has changed his name to “Ray Ybarra Maldonado.” The family are avid fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Stanford Cardinal, and all things Arizona (minus the anti-immigrant politics).

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Licensed for 13 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/18/2022

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Ybarra Maldonado Law Group
2700 North Central Avenue
Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ, 85004


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Posted by Kevin | September 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing advocate and defender of justice!
I have known this man for many of years through advocacy and as of recently he was my DUI lawyer. He is thoughtful, attentive and willing to fight. I will gladly refer as many as I can to him moving forward.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney
I have contacted Mr. Ybarra Maldonado to consult regarding my clients who required an immigration attorney. He has always been helpful and extremely knowledgeable on all immigration and criminal matters. I would highly recommend Mr. Ybarra Maldonado for all of your immigration and/or criminal cases.
Posted by saul | March 21, 2015
Tresspassing at the state Legislature
This case lasted 8 months. The state kept asking for delays. Mr Maldonado was always well prepared, organized,well versed and professional. Even though we met with the judge on many occasions, even though it was for a brief time, Mr. Maldonado was always present. He never missed a scheduled court meeting. I met at Mr. Maldonado's office on many occasions. My wife and I were always well received and he was always prepared. He always exhibited interest, concern and kept me abreast of my case. This was a pro bono case and Mr. Maldonado remained professional and worked deligently throughout.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, PLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Federal Public Defender Of Arizona
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Cochise County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Racial Justice Fellow
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2004 - 2006
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  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. McDermott
  • Case Dismissed
  • State of Arizona v. Miguel Angel Morales-Sedano
  • Jury Trial-Not Guilty on all charges
  • United States of America v. Juan Carlos Garcia-Rivas
  • Remand from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
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  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • Litigation Liason
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Stanford Center for the Internet and Society
  • Non-residential Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • 10 Best 2 Years Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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  • Powerplay-A Journal of Educational Justice
  • Still Afraid of Our Brown Faces: Educated Latinos, Narrative, and Critical Race Theory-Recordando a Derrick Bell
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • APDA Annual Conference
  • Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
  • 2015
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Border Violence and Anti-Immigrant Politics
  • 2007
  • Harvard University
  • Racism and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • 2007
  • Shaking the Foundations-Stanford Law School
  • Against the Law: Direct Action, Civil Disobedience, and Social Change
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ray Maldonado is the premier criminal defense and immigration attorney in Phoenix, AZ. If my relative were in the criminal justice system and facing immigration consequences, Ray would be the attorney I'd refer them to. He's not only an outstanding lawyer but he is also an advocate in the community. Ray believes in what he does and it comes across in his work product, I'm honored to call him a peer and pleased to make this endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Ybarra Maldonado is a highly skilled advocate and zealous litigator. His work ethic is without comparison. He not only cares personally about his clients but obtains amazing results for them. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Friend
"I highly recommend Mr. Maldonado for all Criminal Defense and Immigration matters. He is a leader in these fields and within the Phoenix community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having both worked with him on cases and referred cases to him, I strongly endorse Mr. Ybarra Maldonado. He is a very diligent and caring attorney."
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Phoenix Criminal defense Lawyer Ray Anthony Ybarra Maldonado
Ray Anthony Ybarra Maldonado
Criminal defense Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 13 years