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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.


Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 40%
    29 years, 600 cases
  2. Debt Agreements: 25%
    29 years, 300 cases
  3. Contracts: 20%
    29 years, 300 cases
  4. Debt Collection: 15%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($395/hour), contingent (15-25%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Thomas Barr Gorrill

    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.


    Thomas Gorrill Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    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.


    Ari Basser Antitrust and trade law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Kirby & McGuinn APC

707 Broadway, Suite 1750
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer - Commercial LawSan Diego Magazine2013
San Diego Super Lawyer 2012Thomson Reuters2012
San Diego Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
San Diego Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2010
San Diego Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2009
San Diego Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2008
Mediator of the YearUnited States Bankruptcy Court2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AKirby & McGuinn2003 - Present
N/AHovey & Kirby1992 - 2003
N/AStephenson & Prairie1981 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Bankruptcy ForumDirector2002 - Present
United Trustee's AssociationMember2001 - Present
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMember1995 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1985 - Present
UCC Committee of Business Law Section, Calif. State BarMember2010 - 2013
Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section of California State BarMember2002 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kachlon v. MarkowtizSuccessful
In re MoiSuccessful
Bank of America v. La Jolla Group IISuccessful - Judgment Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
United Trustee's Association UTA QuarterlyA Deed of Trust Without a Trustee?2013
Bankruptcy BeachWeb Log2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Nebraska, LincolnN/ABA1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SDCBA Continuing EducationSecured Commercial Real Estate Transactions2011
New Lawyer's Division ProgramSecured Commercial Real Estate Transactions2011
NCBA Monthly MeetingCalifornia Anti-Deficiency Law2011
UTA 33rd Annual Education ConferenceChallenges to Foreclosure2008
San Diego Bankruptcy Forum Quarterly Dinner MeetingConsume This! Has Consumer Law Found a New Home in the Bankruptcy Court?2008
SDCBA Bankruptcy Section MeetingPaperless Office - Did You Get the Memo?2007
San Diego Bankruptcy Forum Special ProgramThe Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and2005
ABA Family Law Section ConferenceBankruptcy Reform Act of 20052005
Lorman Education ProgramRevised Article 92002
NBI ProgramComplying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act1999