Ron Cordova

Ron Cordova, Attorney-at-Law
16520 Bake Parkway
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92618
949-231-9492
www.roncordovalaw.com


Ronald Michael Cordova

Ron Cordova is an experienced and well-respected criminal defense attorney. He has successfully represented clients in a wide array of state and federal criminal matters, including homicides and other violent offenses such as assault, battery and robbery, drug charges, theft and white collar offenses, alcohol-related charges and juvenile cases. Please see the practice areas page of this website for further information on Mr. Cordova's areas of expertise.

Ron Cordova represents clients in Orange County as well as statewide and nationally, devoting personal attention to each client's case. He combines skill, compassion and aggressive representation to provide the highest level of legal service. With 40 years of criminal law and jury trial experience, Ron Cordova has attained a well-deserved reputation for obtaining outstanding results in even the most difficult and challenging cases. He has tried more than 150 cases to verdict and maintains a truly national practice, having represented clients in 34 states and the District of Columbia as well as several foreign countries. Despite such prominence, Ron remains accessible to his clients and does not pass their cases off to associates.

Ron Cordova is a distinguished lawyer in his field. He has been named a "Southern California SuperLawyer" six times since 2007 and has received the highest possible rating of "AV" from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, confirming his preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards. Ron Cordova has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of the best criminal defense attorneys nationwide. He has also been recognized as one of the top five criminal defense lawyers in Orange County by OC Metro since 2009. Ron is also listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

Ron Cordova is a former Orange County deputy district attorney and a former member of the California Legislature. Additionally, he has served as a professor of criminal law in California and internationally. Ron has taught courses at the University of California, Irvine, the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Szeged, Hungary, the University of Debrecen, Hungary, the University of Pecs, Hungary, the University of Maribor, Slovenia, Jan Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland.

Ron Cordova is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California as well as federal courts in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Texas. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Year Joined Firm

1979

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Criminal Law - State and Federal

DUI / DWI

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

California, 1972

U.S. District Court District of Arizona

U.S. District Court District of Colorado

U.S. District Court Central District of California

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court Northern District of California

U.S. District Court Southern District of California

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California

J.D. - 1972

Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in International Law

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

A.B. - 1967

Honors: With Distinction

Major: International Relations

Published Works

• Special Lecture in Comparative Law at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland: "Miranda in the post-9/11 Context" April 2010

• Analysis of California Supreme Court decision extending Boykin-Tahl waivers to prior convictions, "In re Yurko: Portent or Anomaly?" Orange County Bar Journal

Classes/Seminars

Visiting Professor of Criminal Law, The Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Szeged, Hungary, the University of Debrecen, Hungary, the University of Pecs, Hungary, the University of Maribor, Slovenia, Jan Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, April 1, 2008 - Present

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, University of California, Irvine , September 1, 1981 - June 1, 1983

Honors and Awards

Named a "Southern California Super Lawyer", 2007 - 2019

"AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, 1998 - 2019

Time Magazine Leading Southern California Attorneys, 2012 - 2013

Newsweek Magazine Top Attorneys Nationwide, 2011 - 2013

OC Metro Magazine Top Five Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orange County, 2009 - 2016

Outstanding Young Men of America, 1976 - 1978

Professional Associations and Memberships

California Legislature, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Judiciary

California Legislature, Member, Committee on Revenue and Taxation

California Legislature, Member, Committee on Elections and Reapportionment

California Legislature, Member, Select Committee on Corrections

California Legislature, Member, Joint Committee on Revision of the Penal Code

State Bar of California, Member

Orange County Bar Association, Member

Newport-Harbor Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

Orange County Deputy District Attorney, 1973 - 1976

Member of the California Legislature, 74th Assembly District, 1976 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

Co-counsel in the jury trial of State of Tennessee v Byron Looper

Languages

Spanish
Swedish
German