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Dan L. Stanford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in San Diego, CA

Stanford and Associates
101 W Broadway, Suite 810
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-695-0655
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dan L. Stanford is the founder and owner of Stanford And Associates in San Diego, California. Nationally recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Stanford has more than 45 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout San Diego County and beyond who are facing issues involving legal malpractice.

Board-certified as a Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law from The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Stanford is an undisputed leader in the niche area of law, and he has secured favorable outcomes for hundreds of plaintiff clients. Prior to focusing on plaintiff representation, he worked for more than 16 years as a defense lawyer, and he is the former commissioner of The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.

Among his other professional affiliations, Mr. Stanford is a member of the Federal Bar Association and The State Bar of California as well as the California Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and The San Diego County Bar Association. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition, Mr. Stanford has received recognition as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego since 2012 and among the top plaintiff legal malpractice lawyers in California since 2002. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A cum laude graduate of the United States International University at the California Western Campus, Mr. Stanford obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1975, where he graduated within the top 10% of his class. While there, he served as member of Southern California Law Review, and he served as law clerk to the Hon. Malcolm M. Lucas, former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, for two years after graduation.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

About Dan L. Stanford

First Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  •  Commissioner for the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • California, 1975
  • California Bar Association
  • 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


  • Recognized as The Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2017
  • Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego since 2012
  • Featured among the Best Lawyers in America since 2012
  • Top Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice Attorney in State of CA, 2002
  • Super Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers in California since 2007
  • Recognized in San Diego Magazine as the Top legal Malpractice firm in San Diego
  • Featured in San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s Top Lawyers 2020
  • 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 Attorneys 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

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

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President, Republican Business, 1982
  • Chula Vista Police Foundation, Board of Directors
  • 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

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

101 W Broadway
Suite 810
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-695-0655

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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