Ralph AP

I grew up in a fairly traditional midwestern family, and they taught me with absolute certainty that nothing is more valuable than a strong will and a clear understanding of right from wrong. I’ve carried that belief with me throughout my entire life, and it is the underlying principle that continues to define my world both personally and professionally.

When I established myself as a personal injury attorney, I knew I would get satisfaction out of helping others, but what I wasn’t expecting was the reaction I would get from those I helped. To this day, I get Christmas cards from clients I represented years ago. Their continuous, heartfelt thanks means more to me than I can express. It is the reason I continue to love what I do.

To me, being a personal injury attorney is more than just a job. It’s an ongoing but extremely rewarding challenge.

 I can’t help but come to the aid of those who need it. It’s no coincidence I landed in the field of personal injury.


Driven by Protector Instinct

If you told me as a child that I would grow up to be an attorney, I would have rolled my eyes. I was determined, from day one, to be a police officer. But my education brought me to another conclusion. In fact, it was actually one of my college professors who pointed me in the direction of law school. That way, he explained, I could combine my intellect with my passion for law enforcement.

Perhaps it’s this passion that has led me, now over 50 years old, to spend time every week at the gym practicing mixed martial arts. I may have chosen law school over the police academy, but I still get a thrill out of learning self-defense. It must be my innate desire to protect and defend. That same energy has also led me to enjoy distance running and skateboarding for more than 25 years.

You won’t see my MMA skills in court, but when you come to me for help, you will see my protector instinct in action. I am determined to help you reach the best resolution possible, no matter what personal injury concern brings you to my door. And if you can’t come to me, I’ll be glad to speak to you over the phone or even pay you a home visit. My priority is your recovery.

Education

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., California State University-Fullerton, 1986

Professional Association & Membership

  • Member of the California State Bar since 1991
  • Licensed to practice in Federal Court in the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts
  • Current and/or former member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Current and/or former member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Assocation
  • Associate Attorney, Dicaro, Highman, D’Antony, Dillard, Fuller & Grego, 1991-1993
  • Trial Partner, Stanton T. Mathews & Associates, 1994-2006