Ron Cordova

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Irvine, California

Ron Cordova, Attorney at Law
Ron Cordova
Ron Cordova, Attorney at Law

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in California since: 1972

Education: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, German, Spanish, Swedish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2024
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Ron Cordova, Attorney at Law

16520 Bake Parkway
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92618 Visit website


Ron Cordova is a preeminent criminal defense attorney whose practice in state and federal courts across 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 37 states and the District of Columbia as well as several foreign countries. Ron combines experience, skill and integrity with aggressive representation to obtain outstanding results in even the most challenging cases. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and accessible, handling every client's matter personally. 

Ron is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California as well as federal courts in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Texas. Recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the country 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,  Ron has tried more than 150 cases before juries throughout the United States. Ron Cordova has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” preeminent attorney peer-review rating every year since 1998 and has been selected fifteen times since 2007 as a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage:

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
  • Miranda v Arizona in the post-9/11 Context, Special Lecture in Comparative Law at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland
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), 2008-2021
  • Vice-Chairman of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, 1977-1978
  • Member of the California Legislature, 1976-1978
  • Best Attorneys of America - Criminal Defense, 2015-2021, Best Attorneys of America
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1977 and 1978, United States Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Nationwide Top Attorneys - Criminal Defense, Newsweek Magazine, 2011
  • Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, 2009-2016, OC Metro Magazine
  • Leading Southern California Attorneys, Time Magazine, 2013
  • Top 10 Attorneys - California, 2016-2021, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • , "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nationwide Top Litigators, Newsweek Magazine, 2012
  • Nationwide Top Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal Defense, 2016-2021, The National Trial Lawyers
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, State Bar of California, 1972
  • 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
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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Docent, Faculty of Law, University of Maribor, Slovenia, 2016
  • Permanent Visiting Professor of Law, University of Pecs, Hungary, 2014
  • Certificate, Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria, 2007
Industry Groups:
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Best Attorneys Of America
  • The National Academy Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers

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

“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.”

Office location for Ron Cordova

16520 Bake Parkway
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-769-2175


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2024

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