Ron Cordova

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Irvine, CA

Ron Cordova, Attorney at Law
 | 16520 Bake Parkway, Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-748-3600
Fax: 949-748-3888
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German,
  • Spanish,
  • Swedish
    Attorney Profile

    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 34 states and the District of Columbia as well as several foreign countries.

    Ron has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” preeminent attorney peer-rating every year since 1998 and has been selected twelve 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.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Marital Property


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2021

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    About Ron Cordova

    Admitted: 1972, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Attorneys of America - Criminal Defense, 2015-2019
    • Outstanding Young Men of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1977 and 1978
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    • Nationwide Top Attorneys - Criminal Defense, Newsweek Magazine, 2011
    • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, 2009-2015, OC Metro Magazine
    • Leading Southern California Attorneys, Time Magazine, 2013
    • Top 10 Attorneys - California, 2016-2019, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • "AV" Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • Nationwide Top Litigators, Newsweek Magazine, 2012
    • Nationwide Top Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine, 2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal Defense, 2016-2019, The National Trial Lawyers

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Docent, University of Maribor, Faculty of Law, 2016
    • Certificate, Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria, 2007

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 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), 2008-2019
    • Vice-Chairman of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, 1977-1978
    • Member of the California Legislature, 1976-1978

    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

    Industry Groups

    • America's Top 100 Attorneys
    • Best Attorneys Of America
    • The National Academy Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • The National Trial Lawyers


    • “I have known Ron for many years. He is an intelligent articulate and wise criminal defense attorney. I have consulted him informally on many cases.”
    • “Mr. Cordova is one of the most intelligent lawyers I know. His raw understanding of the law is unmatched. He has a wonderful style and a deep commitment to the law and his clients. I trust him in every situation and find his skill set includes a clear understand of the law and the wisdom that comes from years of successful practice. I highly recommend him to you. He is an excellent attorney and a fine man.”
    • “Mr. Cordova is an exceptional attorney with a keen intellect and a superior understanding of the law. He is formidable in a courtroom without coming across too strong. His ability to recall cases and statutes is beyond impressive. Above all is is a gentleman of the first order and a powerful courtroom force.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Ron Cordova

    16520 Bake Parkway
    Suite 280
    Irvine, CA 92618

    Phone: 949-748-3600

    Fax: 949-748-3888

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    Last Updated: 7/21/2020

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