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Philip Alan Shapiro

Philip Alan Shapiro

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, General Practice, Domestic Violence

Philip Shapiro

About Me

I have been practicing law since 1988. San Diego has been our home since 1972. We moved here from New Jersey. I was born and raised in Chicago.

After retiring as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, I decided to try law as a career. I was 42 when I started law school. I am now a young 68.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    28 years, 85 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    28 years, 65 cases
  3. General Practice: 10%
    28 years, 55 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
    28 years, 15 cases



Contingent (25-33%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Jerrold Bodow

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Mr. Shapiro for almost thirty years, and have had many opportunities to judge his work. He gets results for clients that are sometimes, just simply amazing. He is well respected by the prosecution as well as fellow defense attorneys. He truly cares about his clients. His background in federal law enforcement gives him a great advantage in so many aspects of representing his clients as a defense attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a great defense attorney. When it really counts, it pays to have Mr. Shapiro on your side.


    Jerrold Bodow Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Has exceptional trial skills, understands the intricacies of the law. Some emphasis on First Amendment issues.


    Brian Mccarthy Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Philip A. Shapiro

1010 Second Ave
Suite 1011
San Diego, CA, 92101-4904



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Worldwide MemberWorldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs2014
Top Rated LawyersTop Lawyers of Southern California2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2013
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsAV Peer Review Rated2009
Who's Who In American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2007
Alum of the YearThomas Jefferson School of Law2006
Peer Review Rating AVMartindale-Hubbell1999
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California, Board of Governors1996
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Legal Publishing1986

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ConsultantSenior Legal Clinic1991 - 2010

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaSOLO/Small Firm Executive Committee2013 - Present
Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret ServiceMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaChair of General & Solo Practice Executive Committee1994 - 1996

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Goodheart v County of San DiegoHis name was ordered removed from CACI list

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Publication NameTitleDate
The JeffersonianFirst 25 Years of Practice2014

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State UnivN/AlawN/A
Southern Illinois UnivN/AundergraduateN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Thomas Jefferson School of LawNetworking2015
SOLO/Small FirmLegal Aspects of Social Networkings2014
Alumni WeekendLegal Pitfalls from Social Networking2014
Veterans' Village of San DiegoVeterans' and the Law2012
Veterans' DayVeterans' Association of TJSL2012