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“Young Guns: Stars of the Wild West"

Diana Lytel shares cover of Verdict Magazine:

Defense Attorney ranked as AV Rating

Highest Preeminent 5.0 out 5.0

LYTEL & LYTEL, LLP Lawyers Know the System! In the brief time since your arrest, the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office has had sufficient opportunity to prepare a case against you. With their attorneys paid to work against you, your best defense is to have an expert on your side!


You deserve the best legal defense


Attorneys with LYTEL & LYTEL, LLP have been recognized with the highest reputation in the profession with the coveted A-V Rating (highest preeminent) from the Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, Highest Avvo “10 Superb” rating, Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, TOP 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers and the Nation’s Top 1% Attorneys. Our highly experienced Central Coast criminal attorneys and staff are prepared to guide you through this ordeal.

Diana P. Lytel, Partner

Ms. Lytel is listed as a Premier DUI Attorney with the American Association of Attorneys.


Diana Lytel has also been recognized for her legal excellence by Super Lawyers® and with an AV® Rating, the highest “Preeminent 5.0/5.0” in her legal profession. As a seasoned attorney with considerable jury trial experience, clients have benefited from her impressive record of courtroom successes.


Diana Lytel previously held senior roles with prestigious law firms recognized as Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers in America and AV rated. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles 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®
  • Super Lawyers® | Top 5% Southern California | ​2020-2022
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star | Top 2.5% Southern California | ​2015-2019
  • Up-and-Coming List: Top 50 Women Super Lawyers® | ​2019 Southern California
  • President | Association of Southern California​Defense Counsel (ASCDC) | Board Member since 2015
  • Board of Director | California Defense Counsel
  • President | Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation (Board of Director since 2018)
  • Vice President | Santa Barbara Women Lawyers ​(Board of Director since 2018)    ​
  • Diversity Speaker-Presenter | 2022 ASCDC Annual Seminar
  • Speaker | Santa Barbara County Bar Association Annual Bench & Bar Conference 2022
  • 2014-Current Santa Barbara County Mock Trial Competition | Team Competition Scorer & 2022 Mock Court Judge
  • 2016-2020 Vice-Chair Membership Committee | DRI Civil Litigation Defense Organization
  • 2017-Current Courtroom Judge for Teen Court Program | Santa Barbara
  • Cover of Verdict Magazine “Young Guns: Stars of the Wild West,” including a multi-page feature of Ms. Lytel (12/17)
  • “President’s Award” 2017 Recipient | ASCDC
  • 2015-2017 Co-Chair General Premises Liability Committee | ASCDCC
  • 2015-2017 Co-Chair Diversity Committee | ASCDC
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association.

Roger Burton Lytel, Partner (retired)

Roger Lytel has practiced law for over two decades and has spearheaded thousands of criminal cases to a successful conclusion. Mr. Lytel has been ranked as the Nation’s Top 1% Attorneys, Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers and holds the Highest”Superb 10 ratings standing from Avvo Lawyer Rating service.


His legal prowess in the courtroom and his distinguished reputation for resolving complex legal matters has resulted in Mr. Lytel receiving the highest Five Star AVVO Clients’ Choice Award.

He has also been nominated in the Business Digest for the Best Legal Services in Santa Barbara County.




Mr. Lytel is a recognized leader in the legal community receiving the Mayor’s Commendation for “Outstanding Service to the City of Santa Barbara,” has been the recipient of the Governor’s Special Commendation and has served as a Board of Director for non-profit organizations.


  • Ranked Nation’s Top 1% Attorneys | The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
  • Highest “Superb 10” Top Attorney | Avvo Lawyer Rating Service
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Distinguished Excellent Lawyer | Martindale-Hubbell®
  • California State Bar
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Barrister With Inns of Court
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Santa Barbara Barristers
  • California Deuce Defenders   
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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