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Ray Estolano

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chula Vista, CA

4.6   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce Child Custody Child Support

    24 years

  2. Criminal defense
    DUI defense Misdemeanors Felonies Drug Offenses

    24 years

  3. Immigration
    Family Immigration Deportation Defense

    24 years



Client's Choice 2012,2010
Client's Choice
2012 2010

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4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2014
Best in Chula Vista
My wife of over twenty years left me and I wasn't really in any condition to handle anything. A friend referred me to Ray. Initially I was skeptical because I don't really trust lawyers. Ray was straightforward with me from the beginning. He was honest about what I could potentially pay in spousal support. Fortunately, I ended up paying a lot less. It was a stressful process, but he made it easier. It sounds crazy but I actually enjoyed having Ray fight for me in court. He makes a really good argument. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Bob | September 19, 2012
Best Defense Lawyer in San Diego
Ray is the best attorney that I've ever seen. He successfully defended me from serious felony charges and was brilliant in his cross examination of the police officers. He got them to admit things that they overlooked in arresting me. I was referred to Ray by a friend that he also was successful in defending. I think Ray is a great attorney, but he is also a nice and honest guy. He gave it to me straight- never promised that we would win- but I'm glad we did.
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Posted by Mario | February 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good attorney
I needed a great attorney that would fight for my children. I speak English, but I wanted an attorney that I could talk to in Spanish. It is easier for me to express myself in Spanish. Ray and his whole office speaks Spanish. Ray is good at explaining the process and was patient with me when I would get frustrated. It took a while but he got me a custody order that I was happy with. He was very good in court. I would recommend him highly.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
I hired Ray Estolano for my divorce. He was the 2nd lawyer on my divorce and fixed the problems caused by the first attorney. He and his staff are top notch. He was very patient in explaining the process and really effective in court.
Posted by Sylvia | January 16, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Estolano has assisted me in providing legal advice in different issues. His knowledge and dedication to his work is shown by the way he presents himself to the court room with confidence and knowledge. He is trustworthy and passionate about the work he does. I strongly believe Mr. Estolano is a strong Attorney that can honestly and fairly advocate for any case regardless of the difficulties it may present. I appreciate Attorney Estolano and will entrust any future legal situation that may arise. Ms. J
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Posted by Dennis | March 5, 2013
Honest,Knowledgeable,Hard working Lawyer!
Ray defended me in a criminal case where I was facing serious prison time.From the beginning of this 6 month processof court proceedings and motions.With precision knowledge and aggression,He fought for me every step of the way.He was always up front, honest,and fought my case with personal care & determination which made me feel like He was definaetly out for my best interest.when all said and done He won my case.I would definately use his services again for any legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2011
Pleasant in person, aggressive in court
I used Estolano Law for my custody case and was very impressed. Ray was referred to me by a friend who went to school with him. I was initially surprised by how calm and thoughtful he was. He didn't seem like your average lawyer who yells and screams. He actually listened to everything I had to say and took his time answering my questions and making sure that I understood everything. In court, Ray was very aggressive in fighting for my custody rights and got the judge to give me more custody time than the mediator had recommended. It was obvious to me that he knew the law better than the other lawyer did. I'd recommend Ray in a second to any one in the same difficult situation of having to fight for your child's custody.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2010
A smart professional lawyer
He is a very professional lawyer... He aproaches your case in smart way and He knows how to read people... Working with Ray is the best choic you wil ever make...
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2010
Exceptional Lawyer
I used Ray on my last divorce and he was very knowledgeable and kept me informed throughout the entire process. When something unexpected came up, he was able to keep me informed and was on top of everything. i always felt as if I was the most important client he had. I highly recommend him to all my friends.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2010
Worth every penny!
Ray Estolano was an excellent help to me in my divorce. He is very knowledgeable and was able to guide me though many difficult decisions. I was able to reach settlement with my wife in less than a month after filing for divorce.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2010
Aggressive yet understanding attorney
Ray Estolano helped me with my divorce proceeding and was excellent in making sure that I got the visitation time with my children that I deserved. He aggressively represented me in Court and yet was patient in explaining to me each step of the legal process. I would greatly recommend him to any other clients.
Posted by andy | June 9, 2010
Ray Estolano is a WINNER!
I spoke with mr estalano regarding some divorce issues and he helped me and explained the process to me. his office staff was quite nice and also helpful. A+ all around
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Nice guy but overall not too happy.
We only actually met Ray twice. We mostly dealt with his paralegal. When we did go to family court, Ray was late due to another case (understandable) but because of that, he didn't have much time to prepare. He kept calling my daughter a he and kept having the judge re-read the mediators report. After that, we get a surprise bill in the mail that said we ran out of money 3-4 months before that! Why weren't we notified when we actually ran out. In the end we agreed to part ways and that was that.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Handles to many cases/ you're not priority
Ray is a good person overall. I hired him to defend me in a d.u.i. case. He was recommended to me by a high school friend whom he attended college with. I should of gone with my gut instinct and hired a previous attorney that was solely dedicated to traffic violations, but he was on vacation. Ray was more involved in other cases(understandable). And my case was nowhere close to being on his radar. I paid him up front in full. He never appeared in court but sent someone in his place. Going through the process I learned a few things about my case. Basically he left out to dry. I came to find out that the public defenders did a better job, and í hired Ray. I was out of work and he new icould not pay the fine. He told me that d.u.í. cases don't go to trial and he did just that. Took the plea deal which was awful. When í called him to appear in court with me to have the fine converted to community service(an appointment í had to set up with the court myself). He sent another lawyer in his place after he told me he would be there and his schedule was open that day. When í finally spoke with the attorney that I always went to concerning traffic violations. He took a look at my case. And from all the paperwork and police report. He told me Ray didn't aggressively seek the best deal for me. That he just allowed the D.A. go through the motions. And that's exactly what í got stuck with. Fortunately I got through the process and I'm done with the entire process. And I have my license back. Like i said Ray is a good person. He is someone you would invite over for dinner. He has a great personality. I only wish he would of just told me that his caseload was full and he could not take my case and recommended someone else. Instead of accepting my money and case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Legal Cases

  • Correa-Rivera v Holder
  • Appeal Granted. Immigration directed to reopen case.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2016
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer 2013 Star News Reader's Poll
  • Chula Vista Star News
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer 2012 Reader's Poll
  • Chula Vista Star News
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer 2011 Star News Reader's Poll
  • Chula Vista Star News
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Testifying Court for Forensic Experts
  • 2015
  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Immigration Issues in Family Law
  • 2015
  • Primetime with Taylor Baldwin
  • What to do if arrested in Mexico
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (5)
Endorse Ray
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ray is an honest, knowledgeable attorney and I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ray. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"My firsthand experience with Ray is he is an expert in his field. Ray wholeheartedly advocates for his clients, while at the same time working cordially and reasonably with an opponent. A true professional."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"He was on the other side but a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had an opportunity to watch Ray's work from every professional angle over the stretch of 12 years. During that time we have gone from working together as fellow Deputies in the Office of the Imperial County District Attorney to working on the opposite sides of the case, and back to working on matters together. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Estolano is one of the most ethical, knowledgeable, and diligent attorneys I have ever had a fortune of knowing. Above all though, he is a truly gifted advocate with an unmistakable legal instinct, a sharp eye for detail, and a great charismatic presence. Mr. Estolano is attentive to his clients and never falls behind schedule. I would not hesitate to trust him with resolving the most vital issues in life."
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Estolano for over 20 years and can attest to his honesty, integrity, exemplary work ethic and sincere committment to his clients' causes. He will go the extra mile to resolve your legal issues. This lawyer's work has my unqualified endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ray is very professional and attentive. He understands what families going through a divorce are experiencing and he knows how to help them through the process by making them as painless as possible."
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