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Dan L. Stanford

Dan L. Stanford

Legal Malpractice Lawyer
Stanford and Associates
San Diego, CA
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About Dan L. Stanford

Attorney Biography

Dan Stanford is the senior member of Stanford, Ryan & Associates, A.P.C. with over 4 decades of jury trial experience.  Dan is a nationally-recognized expert in the prosecution of legal malpractice and malicious prosecution claims, and his practice is strictly limited to the representation of clients (plaintiffs) in such cases.  He was one of the original California Certified Specialists in legal malpractice law, and Dan now serves as a Commissioner on the CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

However, he was trained during the first 16 years of his career on the defense side, first as a partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, and then as a partner at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro.  Dan graduated from law school in 1975 from the USC Law Center, and, prior to joining Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, served for two years as the law clerk to the Hon. Malcolm M. Lucas (Former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court).

Dan has been consistently profiled in Southern California Super Lawyers, selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America, named by California Lawyer as one of the leading plaintiff’s legal malpractice attorneys in California, recognized in San Diego Magazine as the top legal malpractice firm in San Diego, and honored as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego. For three decades he has received the highest possible ranking of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale Hubbell. He regularly lectures and publishes on the subject of legal malpractice, has appeared on radio and television programs, and has been profiled or quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, U.S.A. Today, San Diego Magazine and the California Lawyer.

Practice Areas

Legal Malpractice (100%)


Résumé - Dan L. Stanford

Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Stanford, Ryan & Associates, APC (Formerly, STANFORD AND ASSOCIATES)

Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (formerly Lillick & McHose)

Fair Political Practices Commission

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps
Partner; Associate Attorney

Honorable Malcolm M. Lucas, United States District Judge
Law Clerk

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USC Gould School of Law
USC Gould School of Law
J.D. (Upper 10-15 percent)

Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Legal Malpractice Law
State Bar of California


California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section
California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section

California Lawyers Association
California Lawyers Association

Former Commissioner
CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Past Board of Directors Member
Chula Vista Police Foundation

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Awards & Honors

Top Plaintiff's Legal Malpractice Attorney in State of CA
California Lawyer

Top Legal Malpractice Firm in San Diego
San Diego Magazine

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Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

Profiled in Southern California Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers

Selected Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America

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Dan L. Stanford
Stanford and Associates
101 West Broadway Ste 810
San Diego, CA 92101
Office: 619-695-0655
Fax: 619-810-7766

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

Dan L. Stanford - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Dan L. Stanford on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

Legal Malpractice Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Legal Malpractice Law - Lawyers certified as specialists in legal malpractice law have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of law.

The CBLS defines the term legal malpractice as the practice of law dealing with "the prosecution or defense of claims against an attorney regarding wrongful acts or omissions arising out of the performance of the attorney's professional services, and/ or issues of attorneys' fees, payments or liens."

The term legal malpractice does not include the prosecution or defense of attorney disciplinary matters.