Dan L. Stanford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in San Diego, CA

Stanford, Ryan & Associates, APC
 | 2535 Camino Del Rio South, Ste. 324
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619-696-6160
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Dan L. Stanford is a highly experienced attorney and a partner at the law firm of Stanford Ryan & Associates, APC, in San Diego, California. Mr. Stanford represents plaintiffs in legal malpractice cases, represents clients in San Diego and throughout Southern California who have suffered due to misconduct by lawyers and law firms.

A graduate of Alliant International University in San Diego, Mr. Stanford earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. As a law student, he served on the staff of the Southern California Law Review. Licensed to practice in all California state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of California.

Mr. Stanford is certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has given presentations nationwide on legal malpractice and has also authored and published articles related to legal malpractice and professional responsibility.

Featured in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" several years in a row, Mr. Stanford has also been recognized as one of California's top lawyers by the magazine California Lawyer every year since 2002. The peer review service, Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating, AV Preeminent.*

Prior to opening his practice, Mr. Stanford represented insurance companies and businesses in complex civil litigation. He is an active member of professional legal organizations, including the State Bar of California.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
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Professional Liability (100%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Dan Stanford

Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.thelegalmalpracticefirm.com/about-2/


  • Recognized in San Diego Magazine as the Top legal Malpractice firm in San Diego
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - 2014
  • Rank in Class Upper 10-15 Percent, University Of Southern California School Of Law, June 1975
  • Invitation to Participate, Moot Court Honors Round, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • President, Men's Dorm II, United States International University
  • Student Activities Council, United States International University
  • Dean's Honor List (4 years), United States International University
  • Outstanding Young Citizen of San Diego County. One of Five Outstanding Young Californians, 1982
  • Who's Who in California
  • Named by California Lawyers one of the state's leading lawyers, 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, 2010 – Present
  • Academic Scholarship Recipient (3 years), University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Note and Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review, 1974 -1975
  • Vice President, Circle K Club, United States International University
  • Chairman, Homecoming Committee, United States International University
  • Amico Club Scholarship (1 year), United States International University
  • America's Outstanding Young Men, 1983
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell National Rating Service
  • Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego, 2012 – Present
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyers Award from Consumer Attorney's of San Diego, 2017
  • Achievements Member, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1973 - 1974
  • Achievements Member, Executive Committee of All-College Council, United States International University
  • Associated Student Body President's Assistant, United States International University
  • Intramural Football, Basketball and Baseball, United States International University
  • Academic Scholarship Recipient (4 years), United States International University
  • San Diego Legal Secretaries Association as the 1982 Boss of the Year

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified by the California State Bar as a legal specialist in the area of Legal Malpractice

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1975
  • Co-Chairman of Orientation Committee, Student Bar Association, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, July, 1976
  • U.S Supreme Court, May, 1979
  • Member, Superior Court Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Council, Student Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, December, 1975
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, May, 1979
  • Member, Federal Court Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of California, 1979
  • Chairman of Finance Committee, Student Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, November, 1977
  • Member, Legal Ethics and Unlawful Practices Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Mayor Pete Wilson, San Diego City Council, San Diego City Historical Sites Board

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Republican Business, 1982
  • Former Chairman, March of Dimes National Telethon Committee
  • President, Republican Associates and Professional Club, 1981
  • Member, Board of Directors of San Diego/Imperial Counties March of Dimes
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Francis Parker School
  • Member, San Diego County and State Republican Central Committees
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors for the National Injury Prevention Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Numerous Articles and Seminar Materials on Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibilities
  • Legal Ethics and Legal Malpractice
  • Author, Foreign Limited Partnerships: A Proposed Amendment to the Uniform Limited Partnership Act, 47 So.Cal.L.Rev. 1174, 1974

Educational Background:

  • United States International University, California Western Campus, San Diego, B.A., Business Administration, Sociology, Honors: Cum Laude, GPA: 3.5, 1972
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Office Location for Dan L. Stanford

2535 Camino Del Rio South
Ste. 324
San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: 619-696-6160

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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