Attorney Profile

Ron Cordova

Attorney at Law
16520 Bake Parkway, Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone 949-748-3600
Fax 949-748-3888
Industry Groups: The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

Family Law

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Ron Cordova is a preeminent criminal defense attorney whose practice in state and federal courts throughout the country is based in Irvine, California.  Ron is a former California state legislator and Orange County deputy district attorney and has represented clients - many in high-profile cases - in 29 states and the District of Columbia as well as several foreign countries.

Ron has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” preeminent attorney peer rating and has been selected six times since 2007 as a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Ron Cordova’s aggressive representation, skilled advocacy and dedicated service to his clients have produced outstanding results in even the most challenging state and federal criminal cases.  Through his knowledge, compassion and accessibility, Ron has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California as well as federal courts in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Texas.  Ron has tried more than 150 cases before juries across the country.  Ron Cordova has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the United States in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and named by OC Metro Magazine as one of Orange County's top five criminal defense lawyers every year since 2009.

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International Locations

Countries: Hungary, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

About Ron Cordova

Law School: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, German, Spanish, Swedish

Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine, 2013
  • Leading Southern California Attorneys, Time Magazine, 2013
  • Nationwide Top Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine, 2013
  • Nationwide Top Litigators, Newsweek Magazine, 2012
  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine, 2012
  • Nationwide Top Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine, 2011
  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine, 2011
  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine, 2010
  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine, 2009
  • "AV" Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1977 and 1978

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate, Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California State Bar, 1972
  • Member, Newport-Harbor Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Special Lecture in Comparative Law at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland: Miranda v Arizona in the post-9/11 Context, 2010
  • Analysis of California Supreme Court decision extending Boykin-Tahl waivers to prior convictions, In re Yurko: Portent or Anomaly?, Orange County Bar Journal

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Member of the California Legislature, 1978
  • Visiting Professor in Comparative Law: University of Szeged (Hungary), Nicolaus Copernicus University (Torun, Poland), University of Debrecen (Hungary), Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary), University of Pecs (Hungary), University of Maribor (Slovenia) and Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic)

Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. AmJur Award in International Law, 1972
  • Dartmouth College, A.B. with Distinction in International Relations, 1967
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