Ray Anthony Ybarra Maldonado

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Ybarra Maldonado Law Group
2700 N CENTRAL AVE STE 800, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004-1160




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2009

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: July 9, 2009

Other Language(s): Spanish


Mr. Ybarra Maldonado was named as a Top Latino Lawyer of 2017 by Latino Leaders Magazine, has been awarded as one of the nation’s top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, is AVVO rated 10.0 and rated by Super Lawyers.  His office handles high profile cases and he has appeared live on CNN, MSNBC, and Univision.  

Born in the small border town of Douglas, AZ, Mr. Ybarra Maldonado is a Stanford educated attorney who took a two-year leave from his studies to directly intervene in the vigilante movement that was starting in Arizona. While working for the American Civil Liberties Union, Ybarra Maldonado was instrumental in starting a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes and trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the Minutemen as they patrolled the U.S.-Mexico Border.

He co-wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border and he has been quoted frequently in the national and international media on the topic of immigrants’ rights and the vigilantes.

Ybarra Maldonado is a noted public speaker who has given presentations at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and dozens of other universities, colleges, and community groups across North America.

Ybarra Maldonado has testified in front of local and state government entities and is work has been profiled in the Intelligence Report, Stanford Lawyer, and in a documentary that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, entitled “Crossing Arizona.” As a trial attorney, in the anti-immigrant state of Arizona, he has attained not guilty verdict on felony charges for immigrants in both state and federal court. He has also won cases at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of migrants and currently remains in the trenches fighting to stop deportations in the Florence, Eloy, and Phoenix immigration courts and representing immigrants charged with both state and federal crimes. His recent victories include a not guilty verdict following a jury trial in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s workplace raid cases.

Ybarra Maldonado attended Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ on a baseball scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Religious Studies. He previously volunteered at migrants centers in Agua Prieta, Sonora and Tapachula, Chiapas where he assisted with cleaning, preparing food, and conducting human rights discussions.

Ybarra Maldonado is a board member of Los Abogados, and the Litigation Liason for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

He lives with his wife and childre, Ray Emerson & Stokely Daniel, in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to his marriage to his wife Dr. Angeles Maldonado he was “Ray Ybarra” and legally has changed his name to “Ray Ybarra Maldonado.” The family are avid fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Stanford Cardinal, and all things Arizona (minus the anti-immigrant politics).

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Art Fraud, Assault and Battery, Automobile Fraud, Burglary, Bribery, Civil Forfeiture, Capital Offenses, Crime Victims Compensation, Civil Fraud, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Drivers License Suspension, Domestic Violence, Embezzlement, Electronic Surveillance, Expungements, Extortion, Federal Criminal Law, Extradition, Felonies, Forensic DNA, Forgery, Fraud, Forensic Science, Forensic Medicine, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, Identity Theft, International Criminal Law, Forensic Accounting, Malicious Prosecution, Mail Fraud, International Extradition, Manslaughter, Wire Fraud, White Collar Law, White Collar Fraud, White Collar Criminal Defense, Wiretapping, Victims Rights, Vehicular Homicide, Weapons Charges, White Collar Crime, Theft, Traffic Violations, Stalking, Shoplifting, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Sexual Assault, Sex Crimes, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Misdemeanors, Odometer Tampering
Immigration Law Visas, Employment Authorizations, Employment Immigration, Deportation, Diplomatic Immunity, Consular Law, Citizenship, Business Immigration, Asylum, Family Immigration Law, Employment Visas, Investor Visas, Immigration Discrimination, Permanent Visas, Labor Certifications, Political Asylum, Refugee Law, Removal Proceedings, Religious Visas
Litigation Dalkon Shield Litigation, Complex Litigation, Diet Drug Litigation, Defense Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Defense, Automotive Crashworthiness, All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability, Airbag Injury, Automotive Warranty Law, Automotive Restraints, Automotive Design Liability, Automotive Products Liability, Biomedical Products Liability, Bicycle Products Liability, Blood Bank Liability, Breach of Warranty, Class Action Prosecution, Class Action Defense, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Chemical Explosions, Breast Implant Litigation, Chemical Products Liability, Civil Litigation, Products Liability Subrogation, Products Liability Mediation, Recreational Products Liability, Propane Products Liability, Seat Belt Injury, Recreational Vehicle Products Liability, Tire Defect Litigation, Tire/Rim Mismatch, Vaccine Injury, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation, Tobacco Litigation, Trial Practice, Product Recall, Product Safety, Product Failure, Product Defects, Products Liability Arbitration, Product Warning Labels, Products Liability Insurance Coverage, Products Liability Defense, Industrial Products Liability, International litigation, Lemon Law, Long-Arm Litigation, Motorcycle Products Liability, Manufacturers Liability, Office Equipment Products Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Heavy Equipment Products Liability, Heart Device Litigation, Gas Explosions, Food Products Liability, Flammable Fabrics, Food Borne Disease, Firearms Litigation, Federal Litigation, Escalator Liability, Environmental Products Liability, Explosions, Federal Civil Litigation, Engineering Products Liability, Elevator Liability, E-Discovery, Drug Contamination, Welding Products Liability, Vehicle Rollovers, Warranty Law


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • Stanford

  • Last Updated: January 22, 2021
  • Typical Hourly Fee: $350
    Typical Fixed Fee:
    Typical Contingency Fee: 33%
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: No

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