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Diana P. Lytel

Diana P. Lytel is a partner at Lowthorp Richards. She has been recognized for her legal excellence by Super Lawyers® and with an AV® Rating, holding the highest “Preeminent 5.0/5.0” in her profession. As a seasoned attorney with considerable jury trial experience, clients have benefited from her impressive record of courtroom successes and the myriad of positive outcomes in trial, mediation, arbitration and professional liability matters. Ms. Lytel demonstrates industry leadership by holding Executive Officer and Board of Director positions with several prominent legal organizations. Her practice focus is general litigation for businesses and individuals, professional liability, premises liability and commercial litigation. She has defended a wide variety of high-profile clients, including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, mutual funds and insurance entities. She also has an active, successful criminal defense practice and has been recognized as a “Premier DUI Attorney” with advanced level training by AAPDA.

  • CFA Institute Professional Conduct Program (PCP) Defense
  • Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”) Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (The DEC) Defense
  • Criminal Defense

Ms. Lytel previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s litigation department, served at regulatory agencies (NASD now FINRA & DBO) and has held prominent roles with prestigious law firms recognized by Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers in America and AV Rating. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she also minored in Anthropology. Ms. Lytel received her J.D. in 2006 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Admitted to practice in the State of California, Ms. Lytel has experience in both federal and state courts.


  • AV® Rated | Highest Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell®  
  • 2020 Super Lawyers®| Top 5% Southern California
  • 2015-2019 Super Lawyers®Rising Star | Top 2.5% Southern California
  • Up-and-Coming ListTop 50 Women Super Lawyers® | Southern California
  • 2020 President-Elect | Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) | Board Member since 2015
  • 2018-Current Board of Directors | California Defense Counsel (CDC)
  • 2018-Current Board of Directors | Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
  • 2017-Current Board of Directors | Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Cover of Verdict Magazine “Young Guns: Stars of the Wild West,” including a multi-page feature of Ms. Lytel (12/17) 
  • 2017 President’s Award” Recipient | ASCDC
  • 2016-Current Vice-Chair Membership Committee | DRI Civil Litigation Defense Organization
  • 2015-2017 (FormerCo-Chair  General Premises Liability Committee | ASCDC
  • 2015-2017 (FormerCo-Chair Diversity Committee | ASCDC
  • 2017-Current Courtroom Judge for Teen Court Program | Santa Barbara (Community Pro Bono work)
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Santa Barbara Barristers
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association

Practice Groups

  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • CFA Institute PCP & CFP Board Disciplinary Defense
  • Criminal Defense Matters (including DUI specialty)

Bar and Professional

  • CA State Bar
  • Partner – Lowthorp Richards


  • University of California at Los Angeles – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Anthropology
  • Loyola Law School – Los Angeles - JD


  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
  • President-Elect, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • Board of Directors Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Up-and-Coming 100: 2019 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars
  • Up-and-Coming 50: 2019 Women Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2015
  • Board of Directors – California Defense Counsel
  • featured on the cover of Verdict Magazine “Young Guns: Stars of the Wild West”
  • Board Member of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (SBWL) and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation (SBWLF
  • Santa Barbara Defenders
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Ventura County
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Judge – Santa Barbara Teen Court


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