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Dean Thompson Kirby Jr

Foreclosure Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dean

Learn Dean’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Foreclosure

    36 years, 600 cases

  2. Debt and lending agreements

    36 years, 300 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements

    36 years, 300 cases

  4. Debt collection

    44 years, 1,000 cases

Dean T. Kirby Jr. is a shareholder of the law firm of Kirby & McGuinn. He represents lenders and creditors in bankruptcy, foreclosure and receivership matters. He has represented bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, lenders and landlords in bankruptcy and receivership cases. He is certified by the American Board of Certification in the field of Creditors' Rights. He is also certified by the Board of Specialization of the State Bar of California in the field of Bankruptcy.

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Kirby & McGuinn APC
707 Broadway, Suite 1750
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Posted by Ed | May 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Advice, Grasping Issues Immediately
Just consulted Mr. Kirby, finding him extremely skilled at identifing issues. I am very impressed!
Posted by Ken | February 18, 2010
This is your Man
I work as a title agent for a national company handling REO's so i need assistance on state guidelines, forms, and requirements while handling each state. Its nice to be able to contact someone who WILL actually respond to your question in a professional and timely matter. I Highly recommend Dean Kirby for your legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2009
knowledgable + creative
Dean came up with a very creative solution to our problem - He is easy to talk to, clever and very helpful. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2007
Got a credit repair company off my back
We're a Texas company that started getting demands from a California credit repair company to correct credit bureau reports that we have no control over. Our local certified Creditors' Rights attorney referred us to Mr. Kirby, who is also certified in Creditors' Rights. Kirby quickly drafted a letter in response and after one of the letters reached the credit repair company, they decided to take our name off their mailing list. Problem solved! Mr. Kirby has the right background and knowledge about the California credit reporting laws that enabled him to efficiently nip this problem in the bud.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 395-395 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-25%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Kirby & McGuinn
  • 2003 - Present
  • Hovey & Kirby
  • 1992 - 2003
  • Stephenson & Prairie
  • 1981 - 1992


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Univ of Nebraska
  • BA
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • USA v. La Jolla Group II, et al.
  • Successful - Obtained reversal on 9th Circuit appeal
  • Kachlon v. Markowtiz
  • Successful
  • In re Moi
  • Successful
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  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Director
  • 2002 - Present
  • United Trustee's Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • UCC Committee of Business Law Section, Calif. State Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section of California State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2005
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer - Commercial Law
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyer 2012
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2010
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2009
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2008
  • Mediator of the Year
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2005
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  • United Trustee's Association UTA Quarterly
  • A Deed of Trust Without a Trustee?
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • New Lawyer's Division Program
  • Secured Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • 2011
  • NCBA Monthly Meeting
  • California Anti-Deficiency Law
  • 2011
  • SDCBA Continuing Education
  • Secured Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • 2011
  • UTA 33rd Annual Education Conference
  • Challenges to Foreclosure
  • 2008
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum Quarterly Dinner Meeting
  • Consume This! Has Consumer Law Found a New Home in the Bankruptcy Court?
  • 2008
  • SDCBA Bankruptcy Section Meeting
  • Paperless Office - Did You Get the Memo?
  • 2007
  • ABA Family Law Section Conference
  • Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005
  • 2005
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum Special Program
  • The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and
  • 2005
  • Lorman Education Program
  • Revised Article 9
  • 2002
  • NBI Program
  • Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Dean
Debt and lending agreements Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working with Dean on many matters over many years. There is no lawyer I know that is more gifted in his field. His steady hand has guided many clients through the legal process to successful outcomes. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dean for over 20 yrs and can attest to his knowledge and experience in creditor's rights, especially in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Dean has served as a mediator in 8 of my adversary proceedings [lawsuits in bankruptcy cases] and was able to bring the parties together to reach a compromise in every one of the cases. His analytical skills and persuasive manner are what earned him "Mediator of the Year" award in 2005."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kirby is an experienced, diligent, and courteous member of the legal profession. He is dedicated to providing excellent service to his clients. It is a pleasure to have him as a colleague."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Kirby enjoys a strong command of Bankruptcy law as well as significant business and collection litigation experience."
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San Diego Foreclosure Lawyer Dean Thompson Kirby Jr
Dean Thompson Kirby Jr
Foreclosure Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 44 years