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Ron Cordova - Irvine, CA

16520 Bake ParkwaySuite 280 Irvine, CA 92618

Updated: 05/19/2023

Irvine Criminal Defense Lawyer


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, 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...

About Ron Cordova

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law - State and Federal
  • DUI / DWI


  • 100%

Year Joined Firm

  • 1979


  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • German


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

Other Affiliations

  • 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)


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California, 1972
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in International Law
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1967
    Honors: With Distinction
    Major: International Relations

Past 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 http://www.

Classes and Seminars

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


Other Sources of Feedback About Ron Cordova

Included on the 2023 Southern California list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Ron Cordova on Super Lawyers


  • Named a "Southern California Super Lawyer", 2007 - 2011, 2014 - 2023
  • "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, 1998 - 2020
  • 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, 1977-1978

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Office Information


16520 Bake ParkwaySuite 280 Irvine, CA 92618


  • 949-748-3888

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

9am to 6pm Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sunday by appointment



  • 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

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