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Newport Beach criminal defense attorney Elisa Guadan was born and raised in Orange County and is proud to defend clients in her community.

Guadan's passion for criminal law began before she even entered law school. As an honors Sociology major at Cal State Fullerton, she was already learning the inner workings of the California criminal justice system at the Santa Ana Office of the Orange County Alternate Public Defender, where she spent over a year as an intern.

Guadan went on to excel as a law student at Western State College of Law in Fullerton on a full merit scholarship. In law school, her busy schedule included positions such as:

  • Marketing Editor, Year-in-Review Writer and Technical Editor of the WSU Law Review;

  • Dean's Circle member;

  • Professional Skills Moot Court competition finalist; and

  • Vice-President of the Criminal Law Association.

After graduating from law school with Honors, Guadan joined a Long Beach firm specializing in criminal defense. In the fast-paced environment of criminal defense practice, she worked on complex felony cases, including homicide, attempted murderstatutory rape, and fraud.

She also mastered the key California criminal motions, including Penal Code 1538.5 PC motions to suppress, discovery motions and motions to dismiss. And she learned strategies for negotiating with prosecutors for the resolutions that best fit her clients' goals.

Guadan is also a graduate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program, where she received extensive advanced training and honed her trial skills.

Guadan has particular expertise in handling DUI cases. She is certified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to administer and score field sobriety tests in connection with DUI roadside investigations.

Now, as an attorney at Shouse Law Group, Guadan fights for justice for defendants in Orange County Superior Court. She is also licensed to defend clients accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Guadan is an active member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Traffic Defense Bar Association and the Long Beach Bar Association. She also served as Secretary of the Long Beach Bar Association Barristers from 2013 to 2015.

When not defending clients, Guadan serves as a board member for St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    Less than 1 year



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Leonard Manalo

    Elisa brings a tenacity to the courtroom that all clients need and her zealous defense brings results. I endorse this attorney.


    Leonard Manalo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Karthik Krishnan

    I've had the pleasure working with Elisa and she is a very intelligent, diligent, and caring attorney. She is committed to her clients along every step of the way and fights for their best interests in every aspect of her representation. Any client is lucky to have her on their side!


    Karthik Krishnan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info


500 N. State College Blvd,, Suite 1100
Orange, CA, 92868


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
GraduateLACBA Trial Advocacy Program (i-TAP)2014
NHTSACertified (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Attorney Practitioner2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShouse Law Group2015 - Present
AttorneyCalifornia Legal Defense, Inc.2015 - 2015
AttorneyGlaser, Damone & Schroeder2012 - 2015
InternOrange County Alternate Public Defenders Office2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Long Beach Bar Association, Barristers (New Lawyers) SectionBoard Member2014 - Present
Long Beach Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Long Beach Women Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
St. Mary's Medical CenterHospital Board of Advisors2014 - Present
California Traffic Defense Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Citation No.: 75982PQDismissed at trial
Citation No.: B538761Citation dismissed at trial
Citation No.: AN9001490Citation dismissed at trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
California State University, FullertonSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mock TrialTrial Skills2013