California’s Premier Legal Malpractice Firm for Plaintiffs

The firm serves legal consumers who have been financially harmed by their own lawyers and law firms throughout California. Dan Stanford has dedicated the last 25 years of his 40 year career to litigating legal malpractice cases against negligent lawyers and law firms. Ray Ryan is a seasoned trial attorney who has tried and arbitrated over 45 cases, 35 of which were jury trials. Mr. Stanford and Mr. Ryan collaborate together on every malpractice case and accept flexible payment options including contingency fee agreements.

Dan Stanford has more than 40 years of experience and is a certified specialist in legal malpractice. He was among the first group of lawyers to earn this certification from the California State Bar. Mr. Stanford spent the first 15 years of his career in complex civil litigation, defending insurance companies and businesses, so he has been on both sides of the courtroom. He regularly gives seminars and lectures throughout the country on topics pertaining to legal malpractice, and has published numerous articles on the subjects.

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Ethics

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified by the California State Bar as a legal specialist in the area of Legal Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
  • Supreme Court of California, 1979


  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Law Review: Southern California Law Review, Member 1973 – 1974
  • United States International University California Western Campus, San Diego

Published Works

  • Foreign Limited Partnerships: A Proposed Amendment to the Uniform Limited Partnership Act, 47 So. Cal.L.Rev. 1174, 1974
  • Numerous Articles and Seminar Materials on Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibilities


  • Dan Stanford has given dozens of presentations and seminars throughout the country on the subject of Legal Ethics and Legal Malpractice

Honors and Awards

  • Named by California Lawyers as one of the state’s leading lawyers, 2002 – Present
  • Best Lawyers of America, 2003 – 2014
  • Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego, 2012 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Legal Malpractice Law-Plantiffs, 2010 – Present


Mr. Ryan has worked with Mr. Stanford for years prosecuting legal malpractice cases which now represents the focus of his law practice. However, he does still enjoy carrying a small caseload of personal injury cases and is often asked to litigate and try cases for referring lawyers. Mr. Ryan has won multiple six and seven figure jury verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements. He has tried and arbitrated approximately 45 cases, 35 of which were jury trials. He started trying cases in 2008 and has not lost a trial since 2010.

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice- Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury, Wrongful Death- Plaintiffs
  • Fee Dispute Arbitrator –SDCBA

Bar Admissions

  • The United States District Court Southern District of California, June 2006
  • The Supreme Court of the State of California, June 2006


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law-12/2005, J.D.
  • UCLA-2003, B.A.

Published Works/Lectures

  • Hot Button Ethics Issue Update “A Lawyer Must Disclose Identity and Purpose When Contacting Adversaries on Social Media” -Attorney Journal Volume 104, 2014
  • Internet Defamation- Trial Bar News
  • Caught in the Cross Hairs, The Tripartite Relationship- San Diego Defense Lawyers 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015-2016
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” 2010