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About me

Education: Graduated Law School, Thomas Jefferson School of
Law in June, 1993. Took, and passed, the July, 1993 California
Bar Exam. Admitted to the bar in both California and Federal
Courts in December, 1993.

Paul has represented clients who reside in San Diego and elsewhere in
the U.S. and internationally.Paul wants the clients of his firm to know
he will treat you the way he would want to be treated.His firm and
staff are going to be honest,straightforward,and try very hard to put
ourselves in your shoes. Paul gets satisfaction that he makes life
easier for each client.

When he's not at the office or in Court, Paul might be (a) at
the movies [in his next life he'd like to be a movie critic] (b)
playing his piano or (c) showing off the family dog, King, "the
handsomest Husky at the local Siberian Husky Meet-up", he brags.


Languages spoken: American Sign Language

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
    23 years, 2.6 thousand cases
  2. Family: 20%
    23 years, 815 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Marisa Louisa Freese

    I endorse this lawyer. Paul is smart and articulate. He can handle the most difficult cases and clients. A pleasure to work with.


    Marisa Freese Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


    James Dicks Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence AwardThomas Jefferson School of Law1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw office of Paul Staley1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionMember2002 - Present
Prepaid legalMember1996 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
State Bar of Californiamember1992 - Present
San Diego County Bar Associationmember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
From 0 to 50/50All parties won in this case, especially the child!
Bakruptcy-Client keep over 500k in IRAClient got to keep over 500k in their IRA for retirement/
Came to file Bankruptcy - Left with a $900,000 Order for Arrears in Support!Our client received a settlement, and her need to file bankruptcy disappeared.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Financefoes.comThe 5 best free books on bankruptcy2014
The Daily Beast /NewsweekNewsweek articles on Stockton Bankruptcy2012
jdsupra.comDivorce urban legends2012
The Huffington Post9 Nasty things the divorced say2012
Amazon/kindle bookThe Bankruptcy Lifeline.2011
KFMB Channel 8New Bankrtupcy Law2009
San Diego Business JournalLocal Attorney Offers Separation Analysis2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Christian Life CollegeTheologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law and Bankruptcy- When planets alignFamily Law and Bankruptcy2013