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Daniel Guinn Shay

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR < 1 year
    California - CA 16 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State OR
    Acquired 2024
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

My first job as a bankruptcy attorney was in Santa Ana, CA working for the largest consumer bankruptcy firm in the U.S.A.  I commuted 90 miles each way from San Diego for several months to gain valuable work experience and knowledge of the bankruptcy practice.

I then transferred to a large consumer bankruptcy firm in San Diego where I learned more including the local rules of The Southern District of California.

In October, 2008 I opened my own law practice in Mission Valley focusing on bankruptcy, asset protection and debt settlement. 

Each client's case is important to me and all clients receive personalized professional attention start to finish and beyond.

Call me at(SHAY) today for a free consultation.


Law Office of Daniel G. Shay
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 308
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Posted by Katie | January 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome BK attorney
He has helped my family and I beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend him he is straight forward and knows what he’s doing
Posted by Maggie McKenna | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the BEST
When my husband and I first met Dan Shay in his office, we were expecting to get the "hard sell". It was nothing of the sort! He took close to an hour with us, going over everything he could, and would do for us. He was 100% honest when telling us what we could and could NOT expect from his services. We felt comfortable with Dan, and we just knew he was the "real deal". And lo and behold, he was, and is. Thanks to Dan Shay, we're on the road to putting our finances back in order. We tell anybody and everybody who needs the best, and most honest, bankruptcy lawyer to call Daniel Shay. He'll NEVER lead you down the wrong path. This gentleman knows his stuff.
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Posted by Ashleigh | June 24, 2015
Great experience!
Very professional and helpful. Made the process easy, quick and understandable. Really appreciated the guidance and how personable he was. Great experience.
Posted by AJ and Alyssa Reyes | January 28, 2015
A guide to a fresh start In life
i gotta say that when my wife and I decided it was time to file for bankruptcy we are a little bit apprehensive. Working with Dan laid all of our concerns at rest. He was very professional very courteous and he explained everything so that we knew exactly what we are getting into. What a way to get a fresh start in life and he really helped us out. I would recommend him to anyone looking for that fresh start
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Posted by David | June 15, 2014
Exceptional Quality of Service
Daniel Shay is handling my Chapter 13 and is doing an exceptional job. He demonstrates excellent listening skills. He always listens to others and allows them to make their point. He always takes time to demonstrate understanding, and provides constructive feedback. He always expresses facts and ideas clearly, in a credible manner. He takes a lead role in encouraging a team environment working efficiently together with his client, toward a common goal. He consistently takes the initiative to resolve problems. He always displays excellent judgment as to what information should be communicated. He takes the time to explain all appropriate steps toward resolution of the case to his client. He takes on new responsibilities and acts on opportunities. He has been instrumental in my Chapter 13 and I couldn’t be more pleased with the handling of my case. I would definitely recommend Daniel Shay as the attorney of choice. Sincerely David P.
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Posted by Zoe | July 30, 2012
Go with Dan Shay!
Dan Shay is fast and responsive. He just makes everything easy! You know right away he did this many many times. Going in I had misgivings about the process. He disabused me of those misconceptions I had; the rest of the process was a walk in the park. He is also computer savvy and did everything online and on time! You can also relate with Esq Shay as a person while still maintaining professional relationship. Thanks, Zoe
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2011
Excellent and Affordable Bankruptcy Attorney
Mr. Shay heloed me tremendously at a very low point in my life. Not only did I find him affordable, but extremely knowledgable and professional. I would highly reccommend him over any other bankruptcy firm in this town (and believe me I shopped around a bit!).
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2011
Excellent Bankruptcy Lawyer
Mr. Shay was very well-informed and kept me appraised of the case regularly. He was very up-front and honest about all aspects of my case and I found him very easy to work with. I have recommended Mr. Shay to several friends, all of whom have been very satisfied with him as well.
Posted by Bob | October 21, 2010
Dan is a great choice for your bankruptcy case
It is difficult to make a decision about hiring an attorney when their are so many options. I did my homework and decided on Dan. I am very pleased with the service I received and as a bonus met a great person. He informed me, kept in touch, and really seemed to care about understanding my situation and being a part of the solution of my problem.
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Posted by Susan | July 28, 2010
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Atty Shay handled my bankruptcy case with professionalism and human compassion. Prompt in answering emails and returning telephone calls. Polite and easy to talk to. Honest and Reliable. Check him out - He's great! Thank You, Atty Shay, for helping me during my financial crisis!
Posted by Rafael | December 27, 2009
Recommending Daniel Guinn Shay Services
Daniel Shay is a very reliable attorney. He reviewed my case and asked me to provide all the documentation necessary to file for me. He kept me informed through every step of the process. I found Mr. Shay to be very knowledgable and well organized. I'm very satisfied with his performance and trustworthiness. I must definitely recommend his services to anyone who find themselves in a difficult situation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2009
D. Shay
Dan Shay helped me significantly in a very difficult time in life. Not only was I going through a difficult divorce, but that sparked my financial situation to become exceedingly more and more bleak. My outlook on the future was quickly turning very dismal. Thanks to Mr. Shay's help and advice, I was able to change my situation around 180 degrees, and am now on the way to creating a more positive future, both personally and, particularly financially. I'd most certainly recommend his practice as a fantastic resource for resolving this type of financial issue.
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Posted by Jennifer | December 7, 2009
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I found myself in need of legal assistance and wasn't sure where to find a good lawyer fast. I checked out a few, was charged $ I didn't have for a so called "Free Consultation" and was just about to give up and then I found an ad in the Shepards Guide for Daniel Shay. I gave him a call and had a meeting with him the same afternoon. Right off the bat he set me at ease. He was extremely knowlegeable and professional and yet was not stuffy or condesending while truly listening to my case. He helped me to understand the whole process and clearly presented all of my options before letting me take the time to choose which one I felt was best for my situation. For the $ I feel that I recieved top drawer legal representation and the end result of my case was exactly what I had hoped it would be.
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Posted by BilliJo | December 7, 2009
My excellent bankruptcy lawyer
I already have recommended him to two other people. I found him to be very knowledgeable and conscientious in his profession. He is also very professional in his dealing with his clients.
Posted by Jenni | December 7, 2009
Mr. Shay is an Excellent Bankruptcy Attorney
I could not have been happier with the bankruptcy services provided to me by Daniel Shay. He helped me through every aspect of my case and represented me fully until my bankruptcy discharge. Even more importantly, Mr. Shay answered all my questions patiently and thoroughly. He was quick to return any phone calls or emails, which can take days when dealing with large law firms. Also, Mr. Shay was very reasonable in regard to pricing and payment plans. Going through a bankruptcy can be a very emotional time, and Mr. Shay served to make the process easier to emotionally handle and easier to understand. He is truly a top-notch bankruptcy attorney and I highly recommend him to anyone that is facing a financial crisis and potential bankruptcy.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Daniel G. Shay
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Doan Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Legal Helpers
  • 2007 - 2008
  • File Clerk
  • Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch
  • 2007 - 2007
  • File Clerk
  • DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary
  • 2001 - 2007
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 09-18895 - Reyes - Chapter 13 Lien Strip
  • In process.


  • San Diego County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Most Valuable Attorney Award
  • Law Office of Daniel G. Shay
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • HOC Clinic
  • Bankruptcy and Foreclosure
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (27)
Endorse Daniel
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Shay knows his stuff. If you have bankruptcy needs or trouble with debt collectors, Dan is your guy!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shay is a competent, knowledgeable, and experienced bankruptcy attorney. He is very reputable in the bankruptcy community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Daniel Shay and his credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel has represented many of my clients in bankruptcy and they have all been very pleased with his services. I have heard over and over that he is a genuinely nice person in addition to being knowledgeable about bankruptcy law. I continue to recommend Daniel to my clients. - Cindy A. Brand"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Every time I ask him a question about bankrupcy, he always has the right answer. He knows bankrupcy."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is quite knowledgeable in the area of Bankruptcy law. I would highly recommend Dan as a Debt Relief Attorney."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Friend
"Mr Shay and I attended law school together and have been close friends ever since. Whenever I have a BK or financial issue he is the person to whom I turn, and the attorney to whom I send clients for such issues. The clients I have sent to him have been satisfied without exception. He is an honest, stand-up guy, a true gentleman."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel consistently quality work and is passionate about his client's well-being. I recommend him unreservedly!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Shay is an excellent attorney with extensive experience and insight into bankruptcy law. His commitment to quality work and client relations is apparent, and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of debt relief."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Shay is a hard working, dedicated, and intelligent attorney who is experienced in bankruptcy law matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a great attorney. i have referred numerous bankruptcy clients to him without hesitation. I also look to him whenever I have a question about bankruptcy. I consider him to be an expert in the field. Many clients I have come across have expressed their satisfaction with his skills."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan Shay is a great, personable bankruptcy attorney always looking out for his clients' best interests. I've worked with Mr. Shay on many bankruptcy matters and he has always upheld the highest degree of professionalism and ethics."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Friend
"Highly proficient and outstanding attorney. I strongly endorse this lawyer's work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Dan for over 15 years, and he is a tremendous client advocate. His dedication to helping people has allowed him much success, and he cares deeply for his clients and their needs. Dan's enthusiasm is evident in the first client meeting, and he has the intelligence and experience to guide his clients through the pitfalls of their bankruptcy. I strongly endorse this attorney."
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San Diego Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer Daniel Guinn Shay
Daniel Guinn Shay
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation