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Shadi Alai Shaffer

Shadi Alai Shaffer

also known as Shadi Ala'i Shaffer, Shadi Alai

About me

Shadi completed her B.A. in Political Science at the
beautiful University of Santa Barbara
California.  She continued her studies abroad where she
lived in Spain for a year
while completing her M.A. in Law & Society and completed her J.D. degree in
San Diego, California in 2001.


Shadi has had a variety of work experience from managing a
designer boutique, being a bank teller, holding a variety of sales positions,
to owning her own mortgage company. 
Along with a vast work history, she has been blessed to travel to
distant places from Europe to Israel,
to living in the Baltics; her ability to connect and interact with individuals
across many borders, faith, and socioeconomic levels adds to her practice as an


Shadi represented the underserved in San
Diego at the Employee
Rights Center.  Thereafter, she joined the Landau Law Group
where she defended numerous injury, premises liability, and general civil
litigation cases representing clients such as The Hyatt Regency and The
Radisson Hotel to name a few.  Two years
later having established herself as an attorney, she created her own practice
and has since joined forces with Patrick P. Phancao in an effort to build a
proud and distinguished law practice.


Currently, the firm receives business primarily through
referrals which shows the committed and quality representation the two partners
provide to their clients and strive to build upon in their firm.   


Attorney Shaffer does Estate Planning and Criminal Defense (specifically with Juveniles, Veterans, and Active Military Men & Women) which has
proven tremendously successful in its early stages of growth. Her firm also practices in the areas of Business Law, Patent & Trademark, and Off-Shore Asset Protection.


Languages spoken: English, Farsi, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 80%
    13 years, 450 cases
  2. Probate: 15%
    13 years, 40 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    13 years, 103 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Paul Dennis Staley

    I endorse this lawyer. She and her partner are careful and conscientious in their work, coming up with creative solutions for clients who - without even knowing it - need someone who thinks "outside the box." I am confident recommending Shadi and her firm to anyone who needs estate planning (and who doesn't?) from the simplest to most complex situations. For those who already have an estate plan, I recommend Shadi for a "tune-up" of their current plan. She's truly obsessive about making sure her clients get the best possible outcome in their planning.


    Paul Staley Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Francis Morales

    Shadi is simply the best attorney you can ask for when it comes to estate planning. She is passionate about helping clients plan intelligently for their financial future. This is especially true for young families. I've been practicing law for 22 years and Shadi is the person I would turn to for help with estate planning.


    Christopher Morales Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Asset Protection & Elder Law Center (Founded By: Phancao & Shaffer, LLP)

17702 Mitchell North, Suite 101
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Service as a Big SisterBig Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAsset Protection & Elder Law Center2004 - Present
Associate AttorneyLandau Law Group2002 - 2003
AttorneyEmployee Rights Center2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
For The UnseenBoard Member2014 - Present
Stand Up For Kids OCBoard Member2012 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationVolunteer Attorney Arbitrator2012 - Present
Pacific Youth Symphony EnsembleBoard Member2009 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange CountyBig Sister2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The Estate of Betty J. GarciaSaved clients from fraud, loss, and settled estate
Estate of Josie G. LowranceSettled the estate to benefit of surviving spouse.
Estate of Dale HoganSuccessful Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
International Institute of the Sociology of Law (IISL)Sociology of LawMaster Certificate2004
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - Santa BarbaraLaw & SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997