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Ray Maldonado

Ray Maldonado

Ybarra Maldonado Law Group
  • Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Immigration Law
  • Arizona
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Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado is a human rights activist, author, filmmaker, and public speaker. Born in Douglas, AZ, Ybarra Maldonado’s mother was born just a few miles to the south in the town of Agua Prieta, Sonora. As a lawyer, Ybarra Maldonado is an aggressive trial attorney who has attained not guilty verdicts for his clients in both state and federal courts. In addition to attaining not guilty verdict he has won motions to suppress evidence that have resulted in complete dismissal of cases and has attained victories at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the immigration context, his clients have successfully been bonded out of immigration detention, attained U Visas, have had VAWA applications approved, won appeals after denials from USCIS, and attained permanent resident status following an individual hearing (equivalent of trial in immigration court). He has had multiple cases completely dismissed or had stay of deportations granted. Ybarra Maldonado co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary, “Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border,” was instrumental in bringing about a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes, and created and coordinated the Legal Observer Project during the Minutemen’s operations. He has trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the minutemen as they patrolled along the U.S. – Mexico Divide. His book “Born on the Border: Minutemen Vigilantes, Origins of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Movement, and a Call for Increased Civil Disobedience” was published in 2013 and was a required reading in an Immigration class at Harvard Law School.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Principal Attorney
Ybarra Maldonado Law Group
United Farm Workers of America
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Cochise County Public Defender
Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson, AZ
Arizona State University
B.A. | Religious Studies
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Stanford Law School
J.D. (2007) | Law
Honors: Public Interest Fellow Allen E. Broussard Scholar MALDEF Law School Scholarship
Activities: Co-Founder Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Co-chair Stanford Latina/o Law Students Association Co-chair National Lawyers Guild Best Team Editor Stanford International Law Journal
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Best Immigration Lawyers in Phoenix
Top Latino Lawyer
Latino Leaders Magazine
Professional Associations
Legal Observer Project
Creator and Coordinator
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Articles & Publications
Born on the Border
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
Ybarra Maldonado Law Group
2700 North Central Avenue
Suite 1130
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Telephone: (602) 910-4040
Fax: (602) 910-4444
Monday: Open 24 hours
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