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Paul Dennis Staley

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney

4.9   9 reviews

also known as Paul Staley

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer bankruptcy. Making the most difficult cases fit into Chapter 7 eligibiity. If every other bankruptcy lawyer has told you that Chapter 13 is your only option, challenge me with your situation.

    31 years, 1,998 cases

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 wants the clients of his firm to know he will treat you the way he would want to be 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.

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4.9 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Joe & Veronica Sharamitaro | March 10, 2013
Highly Recommend
The Law Office of Paul Dennis Staley, I'm talking about all his team ,We got to meet Ben , Jennifer, etc, They are excellent,professionals,Joe and I, Veronica can say that they gave us a fresh start, We thought after what our previous lawyer had done we would never get a discharge , Paul Staley and his staff accomplished that and are very thankful and impressed we highly recommend this law office .
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Posted by PATRICK | October 21, 2012
Top Notch Brillant Legal Representation and a Lawyer that Cares.
The Law Office Of Paul Staley is a high caliber,classy law firm that truly cares about its clients. Superb Legal Representation from Paul Staley,Ben Embry thru out my case.The office keeps your well informed on your case and their representation is the Best Legal Representaion you can get. Brilliant,highly focused caring attorneys that do a REMARKABLE job. Highly reccommend this law firm to everyone.
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Posted by Samantha | August 22, 2012
Custody/Child Support
What can i say about this wonderful man except gracious kind hearted and caring. Along with his team Jennifer, Ben , Max , and if im missing someone im sorry but these people did a fantastic job. This was a hard rough time for me and these gracious loving caring people took the time everyday to make sure to keep me up to date. I currently live in Dallas Tx so many of our calls or visits were via phone or email. Paul and his team helped me with custody, child support, grandparent fight. Paul did an amazing job and is still doing an amazing job. I met Paul June 2010 and still with him and i couldnt imagine myself with another attorney except him. God truly blessed me with this gracious man and his team. I dont know what I would have done without them to help me fight to the end. Thank you so much for all you have done and probably will be doing for me in the future i highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Romeo | April 29, 2012
Paul Dennis Staley
Great lawyer, very professional and highly qualified. He helps me very much and solve my case in no time. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Steve | April 28, 2012
Great Lawyer
Paul Dennis Staley is one of the best lawyer. He is very friendly and highly qualified. I just used his services and he really helps me to solve the case and the prices were great. I highly recommend them.
Posted by T | December 19, 2011
Great Lawyer
Paul treated me with respect and was very helpful. He put my mind at ease. No one wants to file for bankruptcy but if you do, I recommend him.
Posted by Matt | December 8, 2010
The Best Bankrupcty Attorney I Could Find in San Diego
I used Paul first for family law. After the child custody stuff was finished I ended up needing a BK attorney because of my financial problems stemming from my breakup of my ex etc... Instead of just going to Paul even though he was good for my family law I checked a few bankruptcy attorneys out first. All I found was a bunch of people trying to get my money but not caring about my issues. One guy rushed me, another wouldn't give me a free consultation - I was like "I'm done." So I called Paul and I'm happy I did.
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Posted by The Lloyds | February 7, 2010
Paul D. Staley Bankruptcy Attny.
We recently went through the Bankruptcy process that was an especially challenging and unique case. We used Paul Staley as our attorney. He and his staff were very patient, helpful, pleasant and professional to work with. We are grateful to Paul and his staff for helping us get a chance for fresh start. I highly recommend Paul to anyone who needs legal representation for the family bankruptcy process. Thank you Paul,Beth, and Jennifer. The Lloyds
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2009
Good overall attorney - I do recommend him.
Divorce sucks. Mr. Staley helped me through the hard stuff, and knew what he was doing. The result was I'm divorced and my kids are taken care of. He is really good at court with the judge, and that helped me feel more comfortable. He is also good at talking to the other sides attorney, so I didn't have to deal with him at all. I liked how his staff was nice to me, and didn't ignore me. They always were willing to help me and answer questions. I guess if you have to get divorced, he's a really good attorney to use.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law office of Paul Staley
  • 1993 - Present


  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • JD
  • 1992
  • Christian Life College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • From 0 to 50/50
  • All parties won in this case, especially the child!
  • Bakruptcy-Client keep over 500k in IRA
  • Client 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.


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • member
  • 1993 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1992 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 1992


  • KFMB Channel 8
  • New Bankrtupcy Law
  • 2009
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • Local Attorney Offers Separation Analysis
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
Endorse Paul
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is smart and articulate. He can handle the most difficult cases and clients. A pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is simply the best bankruptcy attorney in southern California. He is passionate about his work and loves the tough complicated cases. I've been an attorney for 22 years and without hesitation I can recommend Paul for any and all bankruptcy case."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul is a very knowledgeable attorney in both bankruptcy and family law. I have learned a lot from working directly under Paul."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an attorney who deals with clients in a very challenging time in their life. He not only brings expertise in a complex field, but has not lost the touch and compassion when dealing with each and everyone of his clients. I not only endorse Paul as a professional, but as a person with the utmost integrity."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I consider him an expert in all areas of Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy laws, and consult with him whenever I have questions relating to my the overlap of bankruptcy for my family law clients. He is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Paul as a bankruptcy lawyer. On our marketing listserv, members of which are mostly bankruptcy lawyers, he stands out in a natiowide audience. He is an excellent choice for your attorney."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Other
"Paul is a fellow member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). He also answers many questions on Avvo and other forums in which I participate and has shown great acumen for the subject of bankruptcy."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"Paul and I were classmates during law school. During that time, Paul conducted himself with professionalism and was always prepared. I am confident he continues his level of professionalism and is always prepared for whatever case he handles. I endorse this lawyer."
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