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David Philip Shapiro

also known as David Shapiro, David P. Shapiro

About Me

David P. Shapiro has dedicated his career to defending those accused of crimes. 


A native of New York City, Mr. Shapiro graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies in 2003 and thereafter attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2006. David served as President of the Tulane Criminal Law Society and excelled as a student-attorney in the nationally renowned Tulane Criminal Law Clinic. In connection with his service at the Tulane Criminal Law Clinic, he advocated on behalf of inmates and criminal defendants, including prisoners whose rights had been impinged due to the collapse of the New Orleans criminal justice system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, garnering recognition in several international news documentaries in the process.  David also worked for Tulane's Project for Older Prisoners (POPS) and is one of only a few student-attorneys to have successfully argued before the Louisiana State Board of Parole.


Mr. Shapiro was admitted to California Bar in 2007 and joined the well-known criminal defense firm of  Steigerwalt & Associates soon thereafter; David worked for Kerry Steigerwalt until April 2010, handling a wide variety over 425 criminal cases.  David is a regular guest on the nationally broadcasted “Rick Amato Radio Show,” providing legal insight into current local and national stories involving criminal law. 


 David cares about his clients, and strives to make a positive difference in their lives.




Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    8 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    8 years, 500 cases



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

55 total 

  • Kerry Lee Armstrong

    I highly endorse attorney David Shapiro. I have known David for several years, including currently having an office right next door to him. I see him interact with clients every day, and I know that he deeply cares for his clients and does everything he can for them. David has done numerous jury trials, getting great outcomes for those he represents.


    Kerry Armstrong Child Abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anna Reese Yum

    David Shapiro is an aggressive trial attorney who has proven to garner favorable results for his clients. He has an excellent reputation in the San Diego legal community and he is highly regarded by both the bench and fellow attorneys.


    Anna Yum Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of David P. Shapiro

1501 Fifth Avenue Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92101



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Excellence in Criminal Defense RepresentationThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro, APLC2014
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2014
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Top Contributor for DUIsAvvo2014
Clients Choice in Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Excellence in Criminal Defense RepresentationThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro, APLC2013
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
Excellence in Criminal Defense RepresentationThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro, APLC2012
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2011
Excellence in Criminal Defense RepresentationThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro, APLC2011
Excellence in Criminal Defense RepresentationThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro, APLC2010
Best Attorney/Parolee Mentor Match of the YearVIP Mentors of San Diego2009
Excellent Scholarly AchievementThe State University of New York at Buffalo2003
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder/OwnerThe Law Offices of David P. Shapiro, APLC2010 - Present
Associate AttorneySteigerwalt & Associates2007 - 2010
OwnerThe Law Office of David P. Shapiro2007 - 2007
Post-Bar Law ClerkOffice of the Public Defender - San Diego County2006 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Diego Better Business Bureau"A" Grade Member2011 - Present
National Criminal Defense College (Macon, GA)Alumnus2009 - 2009
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) - CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association (SCDBA) - San DiegoMember2007 - Present
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) - CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
The State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) - San Diego, CAMember2006 - Present
The Criminal Law Society - Tulane UniversityPresident2003 - 2006
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
"Proven Trial Attorney"Recent Good Results
Client Facing 250 To Life for Sexual Assaults and Kidnapping of Multiple VictimsDismissed on First Day of Trial by Prosecution
September-October 2009Not Guilty on All Charges After Jury Trial
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Publication NameTitleDate
Internet Press ReleaseCalifornia Could Strike Gold with Reform of Three Strikes Law2012
P.S. 23 Independent StudyThe Criminal Justice System1991
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane Univ Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
SUNY at BuffaloLawBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Staten Island Technical High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1999
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of TorontoLawN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
RevealLaw and Disorder 2: Citizens, cameras and cops2015
Mock Oral ArgumentsJudging of Student Advocacy2014
Legal Research & Writing IIEffective Courtroom Presentation2014
ESPN 1700 Radio - Timmy 2 SidesAaron Hernandez Criminal Case2013
Back on Track Legal Services Law ClinicLegal Clinic2012
The Rick Amato Radio ShowSex Offenders & The Chelsea King Murder2010
The Rick Amato Radio ShowOvercrowding in California's Prisons2009
The Rick Amato Radio ShowArrest of Chargers Linebacker Shawne Merriman2009
The Rick Amato Radio ShowDUI Laws in California2009
The Rick Amato Radio ShowVeteran's Rights in Criminal Court2009
Career DayWhat it's like being a Criminal Defense Attorney2009
Holy Trinity SchoolWhat it's like being a Criminal Defense Attorney2008
Guest Speaker: Juan MelendezInnocence & The Death Penalty2006

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