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Ryan Thomas Darby

Libel and slander Attorney

5.0   5 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Libel and slander
    Defending against defamation (slander or libel) lawsuits, filing anti-SLAAP motions, and free-speech law.

  2. Constitutional
    Advocating for clients' constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom.

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.


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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Tara | February 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
"Creme de la creme"
Ryan Darby was a beacon of hope when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was he able to defend us from a frivolous defamation lawsuit, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and the other party involved. He truly is the best of the best and the professional you want by your side during the stressful litigation journey. I am eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Darby without reservation!
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2017
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Outstanding Advice, Guidance, and Resolution
Mr. Darby assisted me with a difficult legal dispute recently in Greater San Diego. He was incredibly effective throughout the legal proceedings (start to finish) and was instrumental in navigating a successful outcome for a reasonable cost. Mr. Darby provided quick responses to all questions and concerns and was always accessible. I could not have had a better experience and would highly recommend Ryan Darby's legal services.
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Posted by Jackie | April 16, 2015
Ethical and Effective
Ryan Darby helped me with a contentious unlawful detainer suit that ultimately ended in a victory for us. I was happy with his quick response and smart approach to our case. I felt he handled our case with the highest ethical standards and care. We would recommend him to anyone needing help in this aggravating area of law. What a great guy to have on your team.
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Posted by Diane | January 14, 2013
Mr. Darby helped me with some legal issues regarding a rental and he was responsive, very willing to help, and very knowledgable. He gave excellent advice and it helped us work out the issue.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2012
Quality Service from a Quality Man
Mr. Darby has continually provided great advice when needed. He provided the necessary advice to properly navigate through an unlawful detainer lawsuit which ended amicably for both parties. Without Mr. Darby's guidance, an already stressful situation would have been made worse. Thank you for your help Ryan Darby


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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)


  • Chapman University School of Law
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  • University of California San Diego
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
Endorse Ryan
Libel and slander Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Darby as a Law Clerk and now as a colleague. Mr. Darby is a very talented attorney who cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting the most favorable results possible. If I have a client with a landlord-tenant matter, I refer them to Mr. Darby. I would highly endorse his services."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He's the lawyer other lawyers call when they need advice. On many occasions, I've consulted Ryan Darby on landlord-tenant disputes. He knows his stuff. In the ten years I've known him, he's always been professional, competent, and dedicated to his work. I can vouch for his superb writing ability as well as his forceful advocacy for his clients. In the San Diego area, there's literally no attorney I would recommend before Ryan Darby."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Friend
"Ryan is a good friend and a class act attorney. All of his clients are simply in the best of hands."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Ryan Darby for almost 10 years. In those years I have know him as both a student and a fellow attorney. As a student Ryan was unparalleled in his understanding of the law and ability to apply it. As an attorney, Ryan has advocated successfully for his clients and is highly competent in representing their interests. I endorse Mr. Darby without reservation."
Election campaigns and political law Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a dear friend and colleague. He has the experience, knowledge, and professionalism that make up a great attorney. I have worked with Ryan on different boards and events. I would not hesitate to hire him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Darby. I am pleased to refer many San Diego landlord-tenant disputes, including unlawful detainers, to attorney Darby. He is extremely well-versed in residential and commercial landlord-tenant law, gets results for his clients, and is a very personable lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan Darby is an extremely talented, intelligent, and motivated attorney. Any person who is able to be his client is lucky. His knowledge of the law and commitment to obtaining great results for his clients is second to none. I endorse this lawyer."
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