Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges

Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges is one of the region’s preeminent litigation boutique law firms. Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating possible) and having been peer reviewed as one of the “Top Law Firms in Pasadena” by Pasadena Magazine five years running, as well as recently having its founding partner D. Jay Ritt designated a 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, our Firm has produced a strong record of effective results and a distinguished reputation for successful litigation.  Our streamlined size and responsiveness allow us to provide tailored, personalized attention to our clients and their legal needs with heightened economic efficiency, and the result is an unusually high level of client satisfaction.

Clients of Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges enjoy the benefits of our attorneys’ exceptional expertise, which includes educational backgrounds at the country’s premier law schools and years of experience at top law firms and institutions throughout the region.  Many of our lawyers have established impressive records in the prosecutorial, educational and corporate arenas before choosing to become part of the vigorous and innovative team at Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges.  The comprehensive breadth of our attorneys’ experience and expertise includes highly successful litigation records in the practice areas of civil and business litigation, criminal defense, employment law, real estate and probate litigation, professional negligence, and intellectual property litigation.  The Firm also boasts one of the finest private mediators in the region: Carl Botterud, former General Counsel of Occidental College.

The Firm is also proud that it is a recognized and certified Minority and Woman Owned Business, with an unflinching commitment to promoting and encouraging diversity in the workplace and the community at large.



Our philosophy is to work closely and attentively with clients to achieve smart, practical solutions.  We recognize that law is a service business, and our clients choose Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges and stay with us because we provide them the kind of personal attention that they ordinarily might not expect to receive at a higher-volume firm.  They trust us to reach successful resolutions, and to manage costs with a careful eye. They also enjoy the youthful, direct, and unpretentious perspective that distinguishes our working style.  At the end of the day, the most important quality in an attorney-client relationship is trust, and our lawyers work ceaselessly to create and maintain that trust with our clients throughout the scope of our representation and often beyond.


Founding Partner


Employment Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Criminal Law, Federal Habeas Practice



Tiffany W. Tai

Intellectual Property Litigation, Civil Litigation, Employment Law



Warren O. Hodges, Jr.

Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Criminal Law and Federal Habeas Practice, Real Estate, Probate and Eminent Domain Litigation



Of Counsel

Carl Botterud

Labor and Employment Law, Educational Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution


Of Counsel


Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Mediation