Faculty Biography

Richard Valdez

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • JD 1991, University of San Diego School of Law
  • BA 1985, University of California, San Diego

Areas of Expertise

Professor Valdez teaches trial advocacy.

Professional Experience

Valdez is a partner with the law firm of Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez, LLP in San Diego, where he practices complex commercial litigation. He previously practiced with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego. He has been an instructor in USD’s paralegal program and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Honors and Affiliations

Valdez was named a 2013 San Diego “Top Lawyer” in complex litigation. He served on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and is a former member of the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission. Valdez serves on the boards of directors of The San Diego LGBT Center and The Access Center of San Diego, Inc. He previously served on the boards of American Civil Liberties Union San Diego & Imperial Counties and the California State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

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