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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


  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

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  • Stuart L Mellman

    One of the best criminal defense lawyers in San Diego. Exceptional attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Stuart Mellman Litigation Attorney
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  • Nicole Jenae Heffel

    I endorse this lawyer. Phil Shapiro is well respected in his field and throughout the legal profession. He is very straight forward in his approach and isn't easily intimidated.


    Nicole Heffel Estate Planning Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Philip A. Shapiro

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


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
OwnerLaw Office of Philip A. Shapiro1988 - Present
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
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
National University School of LawBusiness AdministrationMBA - Master of Business Administration1976
Southern Illinois University, CarbondaleFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1965
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