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Richard Ivar Rydstrom

Business Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Richard Ivar Rydstrom Esq.

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  • State Years
    California - CA 33 years
    Indiana - IN 38 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1985
    Suspended No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Arbitration
    VSO Settlement Officer, Mediation, Arbitration Contracts, Real Estate Contracts, House Seller/Buyer Arbitration Mediation Lawsuits, Startups Arbitration, Business Arbitration. Law Suits and Contract Disputes. Construction and Development Dispute

    34 years, 50 cases

  2. Business
    Small Business Owners, Commercial Leases, Workouts, Negotiations, Settlement, Litigation, Shopping Center Leases, Contracts. Private Retirement Trusts, LLC's, Partnerships, Commercial Real Estate, Developers, Cannabis, Retail, Industrial, Restaurant.

    34 years, 100 cases

  3. Commercial real estate
    Transactions, Investors, Partners, Construction Development, Builders, Retail, Industrial. Disputes, Real Estate, Contracts, Commercial Leases, Negotiations, Litigation, lawsuits and Disputes, Arbitration, Mediation.

    34 years, 100 cases

  4. Litigation
    Experienced Litigator, defense, lawsuit disputes, Trial, Real Estate Litigation, Civil, Business Contracts, Wrongful Termination, Business, Joint Venture, Fraud, Breach of Guaranty, Franchisee, Litigation Leases, Licenses, Franchise, Real Estate

    34 years, 100 cases

  5. Estate planning
    Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Pour-Over Wills, Asset Protections, Retirement Asset Protections

    34 years, 50 cases

  6. Franchising
    Franchisee Litigation, Owners Attorney, Lawsuit Disputes, Franchisee Asset Protection. Hotel, Restaurant, Retail Transactions, Lender Lawsuits. Review, Negotiate, Draft Leases. Employment Handbooks, Arbitration, Mediation, General Counsel, OC CA

    34 years, 50 cases

  7. Real estate
    Real Estate Litigation, Transactions, Investors, Partners, Construction Development, Builders, Retail, Industrial. Disputes, Commercial, Real Estate, Contracts, Residential, Commercial Leases, Negotiations, lawsuits Disputes, Arbitration, Mediation.

    34 years, 100 cases


Mr. Rydstrom is Chairman of CMIS

Mr. Rydstrom is the Chairman of the Coalition for Mortgage Industry Solutions (CMIS) out of DC.  Mr. Rydstrom has created numerous soluitions to the mortgage meltdown. He hosts executive leadership conferences with captains of industry, congressional members, as well as consumer groups.


The Business, Law & Ethics of Mortgage Modifications: Learn How to Legally Navigate in the New Mortgage Resolution ClimateDecember 4, 2009  

Mr. Rydstrom has been quoted or published by:

The Los Angeles Times, USA Today Magazine, MortgageOrb, Mortgage Daily News, Orange County Register, , National Business Institute, CMISfocus eMagazine, Pepperdine University (Law, Business Journal), AIR Commercial Real Estate Association,  Constructor Magazine for the AGC Association, Society of California Accountants, various Landlords and Real Estate Owners associations and others. Richard is published or quoted by the national mortgage press and media continually.


Some significant distinctions include:

•Published in a Statement to the 110th Congress, House Ways & Means Committee, Chairman Charles Rangel
•Considered a national expert in mortgage banking and related foreclosures
•Honorary member of the American Legal and Financial Network (AFN)
•Chairman of CMIS (Coalition for Mortgage Industry Solutions)
•Member of the HAMP Policy Working Groups (AFN, Treasury, etc.)
•CLE speaker and educator for attorneys, judges, banks, servicers, accountants and financial advisors  for the National Business Institute (NBI)
•Frequent keynote speaker, panelists, and moderator at national conferences and webinars including the AFN, NBI, CMIS, CMBA
•Voluntary Settlement Officer (VSO) for all Los Angeles courts


Client's Choice 2012
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4695 MacArthur Ct.
11th Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
2500 Broadway, Bldg F
Suite F-125
San Diego, CA, 90404
2033 Gateway Place
5th floor
San Jose, CA, 95110
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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2012
Stellar Attorney
Not only is Richard Rydstrom brilliant, but he actually really cares! He wants to do the right thing for all involved. He's very responsive; returns my calls and emails promptly. He keeps me informed on what's happening with my case every step of the way. My experience with him has been exceptional!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013
Incredible, Most DEDICATED ATTORNEY to his Clients!
God answered my prayers and sent Mr. Rydstrom to me! We were panicking and if Mr. Rydstrom hadn't taken our case on we probably would have lost our home! He saved our home and WON a TRO & PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION!!!!!
Posted by Joe Thomas | June 16, 2015
Straight Scoop every time!!!
Richard is one of the most knowledgeable Attorneys I have ever dealt with and has the experience and expertise to back it up legally... He will give you the Straight Scoop every time, which is refreshing...
Posted by B. N. F. | June 16, 2015
Great lawyer trusted friend
Richard came to my rescue when other attorneys were messing up on an emotional difficult case. He did the work that needed to be done and was with me all the way! He went above and beyond but was always straight with me about the case and never let me lose my sense of humor. The best!
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2014
Over the last several years, Mr. Richard Rydstrom has had the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and experience regarding the Hamp program. Due to Mr. Rydstrom expertise in this matter, this has helped me to feel confident and fortunate to have an attorney of this caliber working for me. I highly recommend this very dedicated attorney that works 24/7 to get the job done for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2012
Highly Professional
Mr. Rydstrom choose to sue our mortgage lender after carefully collecting and reviewing all pertinent information. He is clearly the most competent attorney that I have ever had the pleasure and fortune to deal with. My family and I feel incredibly blessed that Richard Rydstrom agreed to take our case. He is extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy and overall is a pleasure to do business with. He is an expert in his field, and and we can finally rest comfortably knowing he is at the helm.
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Posted by Melanie | August 31, 2012
Saved our family home!
Attorney Rydstrom was able to freeze the bank from selling our beloved home, and therefore successfully save it. We loved working with him, and would recommend him to anyone in order to save their house.
Posted by Ophelia | July 5, 2012
The best foreclosure attorney
I am so grateful to have Richard Rydstrom representing me in my foreclosure case. Most recently he succeeded in keeping my case in the state courts and out of the federal courts. I am constantly reassured that he has my best interests at heart.
Posted by gen | June 20, 2012
In May of 2010 after making several loan mod payments on time and asking the bank if they were putting my home up for auction again and they said no, 36 hours later, my home was sold back to the bank. In September the same year, I was locked out of my home and Jan. 2011 my home was sold to a new buyer. May of 2011, a good friend of mind had heard about Richard Rydstrom and that was the day my life changed. Richard is very honorable and compassionate when working with his clients and he is extremely knowledgeable in the mortgage banking industry. Richard has dedicated his life for the greater good of humanity and he is only asking that all parties involved work together to take personal responsibility. I highly recommend Richard Rydstrom.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2011
We are Sandra & Richard...Foreclosure Clients...We Highly Recommend Richard Rydstrom - He is a Compassionate and Caring God Send
Our Nightmare began when my husband who is 78 and I ... I am 67 ... received a notice that our mortgage payments would go up from about $1500 per month to about $3500 per month... We are responsible home owners for combined 80+ years and we have never gone through what we are about to tell you we were scared to death because we could not afford a lawyer and the bank said they were going to foreclose on our home,,,so for the past many, many, many months we have Not had a normal Healthy life, we decided to fight back, and acting as our own lawyer, we have fought back in the california courts and we have asked for help every month that our home was scheduled to be sold on the Santa Ana Courthouse steps at high noon from the courts and we have contacted many important people to help us stop the wrongfull foreclosure of our home because we have tried over and over and over again to negotiate with the bank for a loan mod...but...they keep asking for the same paperwork incessantly over and over again so my husband and i have suffered tortutous pain and suffering and severe stress issues and life span shortening issues and constant fear isssues that affects our marriage and our health and our life span we decided to obtain an attorney because our stress was becoming unbearable we realy believe that God sent Richard Rydstrom into our lives we highly recommend Richard Rydstrom as one of the most compassionate and fiercely fight for his clients attorney that we could ever imagine Richard Rydstrom took on our case with the most caring words we could ever hear...Richard Rydstrom said...he said... "I want to relieve you from under the Enormous Wrongfull Stress you are under" And since he has taken over our case ... he has been a legal marvel in protecting our rights and is seeking proper home save for us and proper pain and suffereing and stress and life span shortening compensation for us Among attorneys, to us...Richard Rydstrom stood out like a Shinning knight on a white horse because of his Most Compassionate and Most Caring manner that he displays to us as clients in summation...we highly recommend Richard Rydstrom, and his staff, Attorney Services...we consider him to be a miracle that has entered our life and therefore that is why our recommendation of he as a person and he as an attorney is so high...
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Posted by Genevieve | July 7, 2011
A Foreclosure Client
It had been almost a year since my home was foreclosed by my bank after being led to believe I was going to get my loan modification after making 10 payments on time, that Richard Rydstrom came into my life after being recommended to me by a good friend. It was not until I got on google and saw that Richard was on over 30 pages describing his work and experience as one of the top attorneys in the country. Richard is a very caring, professional and knowledgeable come from the heart attorney, I personally have ever meant. He is very straight forward and direct and you will always know where you stand. I highly recommend this attorney, and as long as you listen and follow his guidance, you will have everything to gain from working with Richard Rydstrom. For me, Richard is my ANGEL.
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Posted by Ophelia | February 17, 2011
As many others, I lost my extremely well paying job and the value of my home fell way below the amount of the mortgage. I applied for the loan modification program, was told that I qualify and was sent a contract, which I signed and sent back to the mortgage company. After making several reduced payments the mortgage company informed me that "my investor" does not participate in the program but that I could apply for an in-house loan modification. But instead, I received the classic runaround treatment - I never received accounting as to what had happened to the seven payments I had sent, was asked to resend repeatedly documents that were allegedly not received, received conflicting information or no information at all, etc... until suddenly without prior information, my home was to be sold on January 31, 2011. I am extremely fortunate that Mr. Rydstrom took on my case on a short notice. He is a most remarkable attorney. He worked tirelessly 24/7 and succeeded in suspending the foreclosure. He will continue to work on my case. Atrial fibrilation and fibromialgia are only two of several severe health problems the stress of this rigmarole has caused. I shudder to think of what would have happened to me without Mr. Rydstrom’s help and for that I am eternally grateful to him and recommend him highly.
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Posted by Enrique A. Cruz | February 23, 2010
Saved us over one million dollars in construction lawsuit.
Most knowledgeable and the authority in the courtroom. He is a master at Estate and Asset Protection.
Posted by Barbara | February 23, 2010
Richard Rydstrom is alway right
Richard came into my life during a difficult time after I lost both my parents and was in the middle of litigation that was very difficult. He worked with me day and night taking a special interest in my case until it was finally resolved. HE had great knowledge He communicated with me about everything and he accepted my input on the case. Something most lawyers don't do. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a fine lawyer, He went above and beyond the call of duty.
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Posted by Marv | February 22, 2010
Tenture Client
Have work with Mr Rydstrom for many years and in my opinon is one of the best all around attorney I've dealt with. What he doesn't know, he's is knowledgable and connected to someone tops in the industy. He is a hard worker and one who fights for justice.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • VSO
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chairman
  • CMIS Mortgage Coalition DC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rydstrom Law
  • 1990 - Present
  • Dean LLM Progarm
  • PWC
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Accountant
  • Beverly Hills Business Management
  • 1988 - 1999
  • Accountant Legal Interface
  • Warner Bros WEA Intl
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Cambridge University Law England
  • Certification International Law
  • 1984
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hope North v. Chase
  • Settled , Matter Resolved
  • West v. JP Morgan Chase
  • Won Landmark Appeal, Made HAMP case Law
  • Fischer v. GMAC
  • Won Remand, HAMP, SCRA
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  • AFN American Legal and Financial Network
  • Honorary Executive Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1990 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • OC Top Attorney Award
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • OC Top Attorney Award
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2010
  • Member Working Group
  • AFN, MBA, US Treasury, Working Groups for President Obama's HAMP Foreclosure and legal Policy
  • 2009
  • CMIS Lifetime Achievement Presenter to CEO AFN
  • Coalition for Mortgage Industry Soutions
  • 2009
  • Person of the Week
  • MortgageOrb
  • 2008
  • CMIS Executive Leadership
  • CMIS
  • 2008
  • Keynote Speaker AFN
  • AFN
  • 2008
  • AFN Endorsement
  • AFN
  • 2008
  • AFN Honorary Exectuive Member
  • AFN American Legal and Financial Network
  • 2007
  • Person of the Week 2nd Time
  • Mortgage Orb
  • 2007
  • Task Force Toxic Mold Litigation
  • Ca Dept of Health Services
  • 2003
  • NFL Players Award
  • NFL Retired Players Association
  • 2000
  • National Committeeman Victory Awards
  • Victory Awards for JFK Awards Show with President Bush; Regan
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • ALFN CMIS DC Conference - Residential Mortgage Banking Foreclosures, Commercial Workouts
  • ALFN DC Conference
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
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Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While Mr. Rydstrom is somewhat new to Avvo, his 10.0 rating, the areas of his expertise, and the quality of his Avvo answers contain the qualities that any prospective Avvo asker would be looking for."
Litigation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knows the law and will fight for you."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Rydstorm is a skilled attorney and are luck to have found this endorsement. He is an excellent advocate and approaches his cases vigorously, with candor and objectively."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A true professional. Incredibly knowledgeable, and result driven. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Rydstrom has earned the highest possible rating here on Avvo. According to his excellent posts on our forum I believe he is an excellent lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for his dedication to the community."
Business Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Rydstrom is an industry leader and exceptional trial counsel. I endorse both his legal practice and impressive work ethic. It is always a pleasure to work with Richard on any litigation matter."
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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