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Shawn Patrick King Huston

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
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About Shawn

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In 2006, Mr. Huston left San Diego and became a prosecutor for the county of Madera. As the prosecutor in charge of traffic court, he has handled hundreds of driving under the influence cases. Mr. Huston later became the welfare fraud prosecutor and the rural crimes prosecutor for Madera County. Mr. Huston was eventually transferred to become the drug court prosecutor and finally, the lead deputy district attorney for the Sierra Courthouse. In this position, Mr. Huston handled and litigated many cases ranging from driving under the influence to violent felonies (including assault, burglary, hate crimes, and attempted murder) for the eastern half of Madera County. 

After three years as a deputy district attorney, Mr. Huston returned to Southern California and worked as a senior associate to several law firms in San Diego. He continues to practice criminal law and is an active attorney with San Diego County’s Office of Assigned Counsel. He has broadened his expertise in the civil arena by becoming proficient in bankruptcy litigation and returning to mediation and family law. He also represents business and business owners in corporate and civil litigation. To date, Mr. Huston has taken over ten cases to jury with favorable results.

Mr. Huston has evolved into an excellent trial litigator where he draws on his mediation and negotiation skills to bring cases to a swift resolution when possible but is not afraid to take a case to trial, and zealously advocate for his clients, when the opposition is unreasonable or intransigent (or both!). 

As the lead trial litigator for Huston | McCaffrey, Mr. Huston has. He is currently admitted to practice in the courts of the State of California and all four federal United States District Courts of California. He is active in the community and is on the board of directors for the Tom Homann LGBT law association of San Diego.


Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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Huston | MCCaffrey, LLP
1650 Hotel Circle North, Suite # 201
San Diego, CA, 92108


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  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Harold Haynes | September 25, 2014
Highly Recommended
I have used Shawn Huston on several occasions from house closings to traffic infractions. I have always found him to be very fair, honest and extremely knowledgeable. Mr. Huston takes the time to talk you through your legal situation and makes sure you understand the alternatives of what could happen... good or bad. He's a nice guy, very helpful and can help you navigate the legal system which is hard enough for the average person.  I highly recommend his services and his rates are very reasonable compared to other attorney's I have previously used. From what I have observed, he has a good relationship with officers and judges which can't hurt your case either!
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Posted by CC | September 25, 2014
Shawn and I partenered to help a client
I had a client that wanted to sell a property that was part of a bankruptcy and I needed a lawyers help. Shawn met with me and my client and made them feel at ease about the situation. His knowledge and understanding of my clients situation made it possible to successfully navigate the real estate transaction to close in a timely matter and without much stress. I would definitely refer him to another client for legal consultation.
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Posted by linda | June 6, 2023
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I just spent 50 minutes on the phone with Shawn. I have a unique issue in that a tenant died and left property in my building. Shawn looked up civil codes and explained to me how to navigate this tricky situation. He is so knowledgeable, kind and helpful. He then recommended another firm to handle my case. I so appreciate his condor and advice. He went well beyond his normal consultation time. I am so grateful and will definitely reach out to him if and when landlord/tenant issues arise.
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Posted by Angela | July 1, 2022
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I can't say enough great things about this law firm! My family went through the CSLB Arbitration process after our roof was improperly installed by a licensed contractor. They were so wonderful every step of the way and extremely thorough in preparing for the court hearing. They were very professional in the arbitration, and WON the case! Please do not look any further when choosing an attorney, they are the perfect fit for all your legal needs! We will absolutely be repeat customers for all of our personal and business needs! Thank you Huston and McCaffrey team, you're the best!
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Posted by David | April 24, 2018
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Get's The Job Done!
My name is David. I hired Shawn and Kelly to help me seek damages from a contractor who installed defective materials in my home. After 9 months of being ignored, deceived, and mistreated by the contractor, I decided to pursue legal action. Shawn and Kelly took a proactive and professional approach and initially created a very detailed demand letter citing various legal precedence and legal remedies to attempt to find an out of court settlement. Coupled with claims with the California Contractors State License Board and the contractor’s Bond company, we were not only successful achieving a fair settlement, but I also covered my legal costs and all of the costs to repair my home. There were even enough monies left over to take my wife out for dinner after a year of feeling helpless against a dishonest company. I would also like to disclose that I previously had a disagreement with a tenant who also used Huston/McCaffrey to represent them. I am pleased to say that that tenant and I were able to find a solution. I felt that Kelly and Shawn represented my tenant so well, that if they were good enough for my tenant they were good enough for me. If you can’t beat them, join them. And that’s what I did. Through Huston/McCaffrey I achieved more than I thought would be possible. I highly recommend the services of Huston/McCaffrey, LLP. Thank you Shawn and Kelly. Sincerely, David
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
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Excellent, thorough, patient, knowledgeable.
Mr. Shawn went out of his way to provide expert opinion on my legal matter involving litigation in court with a neighbor that allows his dog to bark all the time. He responded to multiple questions in a very timely matter, and cited previous similar court cases in details. Thank you!
Posted by Barbara Nickerson | March 29, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Dog and owner rights
My case was unusual with those apposing me very adamant about ,their position. The case involved my dog and a conflict with the animal control. He handled the case professionally and had it resolved in 1/2 day.
Posted by James | February 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Debt Negotiation Expert
I met with Shawn to discuss a possible bankruptcy. He recommended a debt negotiation strategy. His fee is very reasonable. He has an excellent command of bankruptcy law and the strategies lenders and debt collection firms use to intimidate and harass borrowers. I found Shawn a reassuring presence during this difficult period. He negotiated all of the debt to a very satisfactory result. Shawn is friendly and personable and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Alexandra/Larry | September 12, 2016
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Fantastic Caring Person And A Great Lawyer As Well,
We were in a tough situation and Shawn came to the rescue. We needed a TRO and his experience dealing with the court system was the key to getting this done with the minimum time used. Shawn is a caring man and he showed compassion and class for us even though ours was an ugly situation. He filled out a stack of California court forms that would have been impossible for us to do by ourselves without his help. In our case, we had our TRO by the end of the day! It was an amazing experience for us considering what we had to do and we are highly recommending him.
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Posted by Kelly | January 16, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
Shawn was such a great mediator between my tenant and myself as the landlord living under one roof. What a stressful situation I was in. Before I met Shawn and I wasn't sleeping or eating. Shawn was able to take control of the situation in less than 24 hours and get a resolution. He also is not one to penny pitch like many other lawyers. I would definitely recommend Shawn!
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Posted by Jeff | November 15, 2015
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He could not have done a better job for me. 5 Stars
Shawn was recommend to by by a friend. He did a fantastic job proving that the woman suing me for a dog bite was a con artist and there was no actual dog bite. He we won the case quite easily.
Posted by Samantha | February 6, 2015
Thank you to Shawn Huston for a fantastic job!
My husband and I hired Shawn to assist us with a potential bankruptcy case. We initially tried to short sale our investment property before acquiring Shawn's help and it went south. When we hired Shawn in the middle of all this, he stepped in and managed to help us hang onto our investment property, avoid filing bankruptcy and re-finance. This wasn't even something we believed we could do before Shawn's help. We had been dealing with the Mortgage company for a year already and Shawn stepped in and saved our property and our sanity. He dealt with a very difficult mortgage company and decreased our anxiety significantly. He kept us informed every step of the way - by text, emails and phone calls. We appreciated his professionalism, competency and ethics. Not only that, Shawn had our back. We were no longer alone in our fight. We have our investment property, great tenants, and a great attorney, should we need one in the future. I have already recommended him to friends and family and I will continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by Charles | December 13, 2014
You really can't ask for more from an attorney!
I have had Shawn as my attorney on two separate occasions, ten years apart. On the first occasion, Shawn helped me to obtain a restraining order against someone who was harassing me. Shawn is a professional, but what was more impressive at that time, was how compassionate and empathetic he was in dealing with a situation I never thought would happen to me. I really felt like I had the backup I needed to win the battle against this individual. Fast forward ten years later, and I find myself in need of an attorney to help me clean up my financial situation and save my home, Lucky for me, Shawn had returned to San Diego! He (with now partner Kelly McCaffrey) helped me at a moment's notice to stop my home from being sold at auction. The rest of the process took a little longer to handle, but Shawn was there every step of the way. Shawn Huston was my attorney during two of the most stressful times of my life, and helped me get through them both quite a bit better than when we started. To quote The Most Interesting Man in the World, I don't always need an attorney, but when I do, I prefer Shawn P.K. Huston.
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Posted by Tammy | October 22, 2014
No one ever really wants to have to hire a lawyer, but Shawn and his firm came highly recommended and I would not hesitate to use them again. Shawn helped with the sale my house while I was in a chapter 13. He kept me informed and my anxiety level stayed low, he knew what to do and I had full confidence in him. I was most impressed in court, Shawn was well put together and well spoken he got the job done. Thank You
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Posted by Alicia | October 5, 2014
Highly Recommended
I had very difficult custody case that lasted a little over 3 years. Mr. Huston and Ms. McCaffrey were my last lawyers for the past year on my case. Huston/McCaffrey handled everything from false accusations, CPS involvement, child support, and finally child custody. They picked up my case from a previous lawyer and learned my case quickly. Every court appearance they represented me at was successful. They were fast thinking and well prepared when handling the case in front of the judges. I'm grateful for the care and attention they gave to my case. I highly recommend their services.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Huston | McCaffrey, LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Casas Law Group
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Deputy District Attorney III
  • Madera County District Attorney
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Staff Attorney
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Doctorate in Jurisprudence
  • 2004
  • National University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Hoevker
  • Acquittal on all charges
  • People V. Tor Bishop
  • Not guilty on Primary Count of Possession Of Methamphetamine for Sales


  • Greater San Diego Business Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tom Homann Law Association
  • Director
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Chair - Animal Law Section
  • 2019 - 2023
  • Alumni Assoiciation of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Director - Board Member
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition
  • California Legislature Assembly
  • 2019
  • Gem Service Award
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Aspects of Dog Ownership
  • Animal Law
  • 2016
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Animal Impound and Administrative Regulation Hearings
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Shawn
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Huston is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is one of the greatest lawyers I know here in San Diego. He has solid experience in multiple areas of law, and is able to effectively handle all facets of any case he takes on. I highly recommend him and his firm for any and all legal matters. If he is unable to represent someone for whatever reason, he has the resources to ensure that they will get the representation they need."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Huston is dedicated to serving his clients and their goals. He is not only a great attorney but also a great adviser."
General practice Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shawn and I have worked together for the past four years as the founding members of Huston | McCaffrey, LLP. Shawn is a fantastic lawyer who always gives his clients exemplary service. He treats his clients as people and not just as another case. He will not stop working for his clients until he achieves his desired result. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Shawn because Shawn is a great attorney. He has a strong command of the law and diligently works to reach the best outcome for his clients. Shawn knows what needs to be done when he receives a case, and he takes action to successfully resolve the case for his client. If I’m ever in need of a criminal defense or bankruptcy attorney, Shawn is the man I’m calling."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a reputable and skilled lawyer who is a fierce advocate for his clients."
General practice Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn Huston is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Not only is he exceptionally bright, but he is meticulous, organized, witty, hardworking, and an overall excellent attorney. I would recommend him to my closest friends and family members."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn is top notch in his research and trial skills. He finds a way to get the job done. I highly recommend him!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn combines all the intelligence, hard-work, and experience a client could want into one fantastic attorney! His knowledge and ability lend themselves well to any type of representation. I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Litigation Lawyer Shawn Patrick King Huston
Shawn Patrick King Huston
Litigation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation