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About me

Practicing law is more than just a job; it's a calling. From a young age I made the decision that I would make my living representing good people who needed assistance navigating the often confusing waters of the legal system.

I established the Law Office of Ryan T. Darby in 2010 with a focus on providing the hard working members of our local community with legal representation that was aggressive, creative and accessible. I dedicate the bulk of my practice to protecting the free speech rights of my clients through legal representation that stops unmeritorious claims and supports individuals and organizations who find themselves unwittingly caught up in the civil court system.

I believe in providing personalized legal representation to each and every one of my clients, because I understand that no one ever wants to hire an attorney and the last thing you want in such a difficult situation is to feel left alone or passed along to someone less experienced than the person you hired.

As a member of the San Diego legal community it is my duty to support my community and give back when I can. I am the president of the San Diego Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society; a board member of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County; co-founder of the UCSD Military Veterans Scholarship Fund; and founder and past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first came to San Diego for my college education. I returned to San Diego in 2008, and have called the East Village my home ever since. Outside of the office I enjoy catching a local Padres game or watching my old football team, the San Francisco 49ers.

If you’d like to learn more about my education and experience, I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn.


Practice areas


  1. Libel: 90%
  2. Business: 10%



Hourly ($200-225/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Mark Gerald Spencer

    I have known Mr. Darby for four or five years. We have worked on several cases together. An excellent advocate for his clients. Obtains superior results.


    Mark Spencer Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

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    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Office of Ryan T. Darby

525 B Street
Suite 1500
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Ryan T. Darby2010 - Present
Research AttorneyChapman University School of Law2009 - 2010
Law ClerkTrutanich Michel, LLP2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federalist Society - San Diego ChapterPresident2014 - Present
The Lincoln Club of San Diego CountyBoard Member2014 - Present
Federalist Society - San Diego ChapterBoard Member2009 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Republican National Lawyers Association - San Diego ChapterPresident & Founder2011 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Amicus Curiae Brief of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed in the U.S. Supreme CourtShelby County v. Holder, et al.2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawN/AN/AN/A
University of California - San DiegoN/AN/AN/A