Ryan C. Squire

ryan-squireMr. Ryan Squire was admitted to practice in California in 1998, and is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all of the Federal District Courts in California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law and Society from the University of California at Riverside in 1995, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1998. He was a member and Literary Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Mr. Squire primarily handles real property, title insurance claims/coverage, title insurance bad faith lawsuits, and appeals. He regularly serves as outside coverage counsel and has handled more than 250 title coverage claims, including individual claims involving policy limits of more than $100 million. He is also regularly engaged by title insurers to represent their insureds (lenders and owners) in real estate title disputes. He further has substantial experience involving property and casualty insurance and CGL insurance.

Mr. Squire also heads the firm's appellate practice and has significant appellate experience throughout Northern and Southern California. He has handled more than 100 appellate matters, including appeals, writ petitions, amicus briefs, and related matters. He has handled significant appeals involving insurance coverage, real property, title insurance, escrow, title defects, copyright infringement, property damage, business claims, and claims of accountant and attorney malpractice, among others. Mr. Squire provides appellate advice and assistance to trial counsel, including advice on post-trial motions. Mr. Squire is a certified specialist in appellate law, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Squire's experience also includes general and professional liability litigation, trademark and intellectual property rights enforcement, and products liability.


Areas of Practice:

  • Title Insurance
  • Head of Firm's Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Escrow Negligence and Liability
  • Business Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education:

  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1998)
    • Literary Editor (1997-98) Pepperdine Law Review
    • Staff Member (1996-97) Pepperdine Law Review
    • Professor's Research Assistant
  • University of California at Riverside (B.A., 1995)
    • Chancellor's Outstanding Male Student of the Year (1995)
    • Member, Alumni Association Board of Directors
    • Member, City-University Task Force
    • Fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta

Publications & Presentations:

  • Author, Pepperdine Law Review, "Effectuating Principles of Federalism:
    Reevaluating the Federal Spending Power as the Great Tenth Amendment Loophole"
    , 25 Pepp.L.Rev. 869 (1998)
  • "The Art of Negotiation"

Mr. Squire also frequently speaks on title insurance and escrow matters.

Representative Cases:

  • Ash v. North American Title Co. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 1258
  • Czajkowski v. Haskell & White, LLP (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 166
  • Dollinger Deanza Assoc. v. Chicago Title Insurance Company (2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 1562
  • Kwok v. Transnation Title Insurance Co. (2009) 170 Cal App.4th 1562, 89 Cal.Rptr.3d 141
  • Liberty National v. Chicago Title Ins. Co. (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 62
  • Park v. First American Title Company (2011) 201 Cal.App.4th 1218
  • Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc. v. North American Title Company, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 130
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union v. First American Title Co., 2012 WL 5954815 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2012)
  • Shalani v. Girardi (2011) 51 Cal.App.4th 1164
  • Stockton Mortgage, Inc. v. Tope (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 20, 2015)
  • Willimsen v. Mitrosilis (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 622, 179 Cal. Rptr.3d 735
  • Green v. Cohen, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 5, California. February 11, 2021 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2021 WL 568325
  • People v. Astorga-Lider, Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 1, California. May 02, 2019 35 Cal.App.5th 646
  • Daaus Funding, LLC v. Mironer, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California. April 25, 2019 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2019 WL 1855160
  • Zhong Lin Wei v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 8, California. April 19, 2018 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2018 WL 1870400
  • Hovannisian v. First American Title Ins. Co., Court of Appeal, Fifth District, California. July 25, 2017 14 Cal.App.5th 420 221 Cal.Rptr.3d 883
  • Clayton v. Hawk, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 1, California. April 13, 2018 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2018 WL 1773094
  • Federal National Mortgage Association v. Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 5, California. August 09, 2017 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2017 WL 3405180
  • Hovannisian v. First American Title Ins. Co., Court of Appeal, Fifth District, California. July 25, 2017 14 Cal.App.5th 420 221 Cal.Rptr.3d 883
  • Versailles Investments, LLC v. First California Escrow Corporation, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California. May 24, 2017 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2017 WL 2264490
  • Bank of New York Mellon v. Citibank, N.A., Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California. February 16, 2017 8 Cal.App.5th 935
  • Schwarcz v. Rashididoust, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 7, California. April 26, 2016 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2016 WL 1707113
  • Habibi v. Soofer, Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 6, California. March 15, 2016 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2016 WL 1020044
  • First–Citizens Bank & Trust Company v. North County Church of Christ, Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 1, California. December 29, 2015 Not Reported in Cal.Rptr. 2015 WL 9487715

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    (Past Chair, TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee)
    (Editor, TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee Newsletter)
  • State Bar of California
  • California Land Title Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    (Real Property Section)
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Fellow American Bar Foundation

Proud Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

logorsMr. Squire was voted as a Rising Star in the 2004
and 2005 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.