Law Office of David P. Shapiro - San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney




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Major local and national news outlets regularly contact the Law Office of David P. Shapiro for their legal expertise on high-profile court cases.


Here are some of our appearances in the media.
ABC 10 News Within hours of former President Donald Trump getting convicted of 34 criminal charges in a New York courtroom on May 30, 2024, Partner Ally Keegan was invited on ABC 10 News in San Diego to discuss what this all means for the former President and what we can expect before, during, and after Mr. Trump’s future sentencing hearing.
Within hours of a San Diego jury finding former TikTok star Ali Abulaban guilty on 2 counts of first-degree murder, Attorney Elmira Yousufi was on KUSI News to help explain what evidence the jury likely relied on to come to their conclusion that this double killing was first-degree murder, as opposed to second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. Elmira also discussed how the judge must sentence Mr. Abulaban to life in prison without the possibility of parole due to the “special circumstances” allegation also being found true by the jury.

Fox NewsElmira Yousufi was quoted in a Fox News article detailing the investigation and allegations against Sean Combs (AKA Puff Daddy, AKA P. Diddy, AKA Puffy). Her insight discusses the potential implications to his freedom and reputation whether he is charged with a crime or not.

Yahoo NewsWhen multiple homes of rapper, record producer, and record executive Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy aka Diddy) were raided by the feds in late March 2024, our associate attorney Elmira Yousufi provided some great commentary to, noting the adverse effects such an investigation will undoubtedly have on Mr. Combs’ reputation, even if he is never charged with a crime.

Ben & Woods PodcastThe Shohei Ohtani interpreter illegal gambling scandal is not going away anytime soon.  What happens if Ohtani’s interpreter is charged with a crime in federal court?  What about Ohtani?  Is he a witness, suspect, or victim?  David P. Shapiro was happy to make an appearance on San Diego’s 97.3 The Fan with Ben & Woods the morning of March 25, 2024,  to discuss and break down all the different ways this can go for Ohtani in the context of criminal law.

NBC NewsCheck out David P. Shapiro’s interview with NBC 7 San Diego (originally aired 02/15/24) about what are and what are not “exigent circumstances” authorizing law enforcement to enter (and remain in) your home without your consent and without a warrant

ABC NewsDavid P. Shapiro made his maiden appearance on Good Morning America on November 25, 2023, discussing the upcoming release from prison on parole of former South African Olympian, Oscar Pistorius.
NBC NewsWhen a major development arose in the Larry Millete case regarding the defense team, NBC 7’s Alexis Rivas interviewed David P. Shapiro at our office to discuss how long of a delay everyone can expect the new attorney(s) will need. See what David had to say here and stay tuned for additional updates and future media appearances on this local case which will, eventually, make its way to trial at the Chula Vista Courthouse in 2024 or soon thereafter.

San Diego Union TribuneAssociate Attorney Ally Keegan was interviewed by the San Diego Union Tribune in May 2023 to discuss Senate Bill 1437 , a 2018 California law which limits accomplice liability for felony murder.  Ally notes how although those serving life sentences for felony murder have been “out of sight” to many, they are not “out of mind” for criminal defense attorneys and the California legislature.

ABC NewsSeven years after her arrest, a woman has yet to go to trial for her role in one of the more horrific child molestation cases in recent times in San Diego. ABC 10News San Diego reached out to David P. Shapiro for his thoughts on the unusual delay and what effect the Covid-19 court closures had on the age of the case.
Fox NewsDavid P. Shapiro made an appearance on Live Now From Fox News on Sunday, June 11, 2023, weighing in on the future sentence that will be imposed on Torey Lanez, after the Canadian rapper was convicted in December 2022 of negligently discharging a firearm and assaulting Megan Thee Stallion with a firearm from a 2020 incident.  Prosecutors will be asking for a 13-year prison sentence and have based much of their argument on the Torey Lanez’s conduct after the actual shooting as the primary basis for the sentence they will be asking for at sentencing.  Check out what David believes are some lessons all criminal defendants can learn from the mistakes of Torrey Lanez in this interview clip.
ABC NewsWhen another San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy was charged for allegedly having improper communication with a minor, San Diego’s ABC 10news turned to David Shapiro for input as to the difficulty in defending cases like these, and the uniqueness of this case, in particular. Here, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Police Department became aware of the situation having first been provided evidence obtained by a citizen’s group who sets up internet predator stings.
NBC NewsOn January 17, David P. Shapiro discussed the best way to describe a preliminary hearing in a felony case and whether he believes the Prosecution put forth all the evidence they have against Larry Millete during the well-publicized preliminary hearing inside a San Diego courtroom.
NBC NewsDavid P. Shapiro explained to NBC7 San Diego on January 12 some concerns about Larry Millete’s defense strategy prior to the Preliminary Hearing going all in on their assertion that Maya Millete is still alive.
Fox 5 NewsDavid P. Shapiro was invited back into the Fox 5 San Diego studio to recap the 2-week Preliminary Hearing of Larry Millete involving the disappearance of his wife, Maya Millete. This is a fascinating case for so many reasons and we are grateful to the Fox5 team for having David on immediately prior to the preliminary hearing starting on January 11 and then on January 26 after its conclusion.
NBC NewsThe San Diego preliminary hearing for Larry Millete, accused of murdering his wife Maya, received significant media attention in January 2023. Starting at the 3:00 mark of the video, here is a clip of David’s interview with NBC7 San Diego on January 12 about the case, his answers focusing on circumstantial evidence and how much of it may be needed for the prosecution to get a conviction.
Law Firms & Finance PodcastDavid P. Shapiro was a guest on the Law & Finance$ podcast with Terrell A. Turner on December 19, 2022, where he discussed the impact our Firm has been making, and aspires to continue to make, in our community. David also shared his “Why” as to the reasons for the growth and expansion of our firm and how the adjustment has been the past few years treating the operations aspect of the firm as a business, first and foremost, and how that benefits our clients and our reach into the San Diego community.
News NationCheck out Associate Attorney Liann Sabatini’s commentary on NewsNation on December 1 about the case of a Texas lawyer who pulled a gun on his girlfriend in a crowded bar. Surveillance video captured the lawyer walking into the bar, having words with a female behind the bar, and then pulling out a gun before he was subdued by two male patrons of the bar. Liann specifically addressed how the lawyer could be released on bail when so many have already declared this “an open and shut” case of undeniable guilt.

David S. - Conscious CuriosityCheck out David Shapiro’s interview by host Jeff Blanton on the Conscious Curiosity SD podcast from the Fall of 2022.  The podcast provides insight and inspiration from San Diego Leaders who bring purpose to their work and are proving business can positively change the communities we work and live in.  David shared his personal story and the values he and the entire LOODPS team infuse into their work with every client. 

Daily BeastWhile not the lengthiest quote of his career, check out what David P. Shapiro had to say about the murder charges filed against alleged Stockton serial killer Wesley Brownlee, and the potential for an insanity defense, in this article in the Daily Beast in October 2022.
Daily BeastWhen disgraced former Idaho State Representative Aaron von Ehlinger’s trial went off the rails after his sexual assault accuser literally ran off the witness stand mid-testimony, the Daily Beast reached out to David P. Shapiro for comment. See what David had to say about this sexual assault trial and how the Prosecution’s ability to obtain a conviction become exponentially more difficult without the testimony of their alleged victim.

The Let Good Things in ShowDavid Shapiro had a great time appearing on “The Let Good Things in Show” podcast with Amanda Acker, where they discussed their respective experiences as defendants in the criminal justice system, mindset, and ways to help the justice involved get back on their feet.

ABC NewsHow was Will Smith not arrested after delivering “the slap heard around the world” at the Academy Awards? Hear what David P. Shapiro told ABC 10 News in San Diego when called upon to discuss what criminal charges the acclaimed actor could face.

ABC NewsCheck out this interview David P. Shapiro gave to San Diego’s ABC 10 News on March 13, 2022, about the San Diego Deputy Sheriff accused of soliciting minors for sex and what impact how he got caught could have on the possibility of criminal charges being filed.

Fox NewsDisgraced actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced by a Chicago judge to 150 days jail and 2 ½ years’ probation on March 10, 2022, after previously having been convicted of staging a hate crime against himself. The actor was also ordered to pay over $120,000 in restitution to the city of Chicago. See what Associate Attorney Ally Keegan told Fox News about the sentence being a favorable one for Smollett when faced with the alternative.

Daily BeastDavid P. Shapiro was asked about why school administrators have been charged with child abuse for allegedly neglecting to fulfill their mandatory reporter duties in Rialto, California.

ABC NewsHear what David P. Shapiro had to say on ABC 10 News San Diego on December 29, 2021, after Poway synagogue shooter John Earnest was sentenced in federal court. David discussed the interesting issue raised by the defense in their sentencing memorandum as it relates to the defendant’s age and impressionability and how that should impact where he is housed, whether in the federal prison system through the Bureau of Prisons or in the state system through California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
ABC NewsWithin minutes of the news breaking about the arrest of Larry Millete in Chula Vista for the murder of his wife, Maya Millete, ABC 10 News called upon David P. Shapiro for his thoughts on what this all means for Larry Millete and what will happen next once the case gets to a criminal courtroom.
ABC NewsStefano Molea was interviewed by ABC 10 News in San Diego hours after the arrest of Larry Millete for the murder of his wife, Maya. Stefano was asked about some concerns the District Attorney’s Office likely has with their ability to obtain a conviction based on what we believe the state of the evidence is at this point, and what lies ahead for the accused.
NBC NewsSee what Partner Stefano Molea had to say to NBC 7 in San Diego about some of the obstacles the San Diego District Attorney’s Office will face trying to convict Larry Millete for the alleged murder of his wife, Maya, with neither her body nor a murder weapon.
Fox NewsCheck out what David P. Shapiro had to say when interviewed by Fox News about the ongoing involuntary manslaughter investigation in New Mexico involving Alec Baldwin and several others involved in the tragic loss of life of cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins
ABC NewsInvoluntary Manslaughter Charges Coming in the wake of the accidental shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico? 10 News San Diego called upon David P. Shapiro to provide insight into whether involuntary manslaughter charges could be filed against actor Alec Baldwin, the film’s armorer, assistant producer, and others hours after the local Sheriff and head prosecutor held a press conference briefing the media on the status of their investigation.
ABC NewsDavid P. Shapiro was interviewed by 10 News San Diego, the first in-person interview at our office since prior to the pandemic, on July 21 2021, relating to the disturbing accusations coming from federal court that a former Scripps Health employee has been charged with stealing the identity of dying patients.

97.3 FMTier 1 listener and criminal defense attorney David Shapiro joined Ben & Woods on Thursday morning! Listen here as David talks about the recent developments in the allegations against Trevor Bauer of sexual assault, what this could mean with his contract with the dodgers, the timeline for this all to play out in court, and much more.

ABCHere’s an interview with ABC 10 News in San Diego on May 10, 2021, where David Shapiro discussed the implications of the temporary Gun Violence Restraining Order issued against Larry Millete. Larry’s wife, Maya, has been missing and was last seen at her Chula Vista home in January, 2021.

ABCWhen the verdicts were delivered in the Derek Chauvin murder trial on April 20, 2021, San Diego’s ABC 10 News called upon David P. Shapiro to provide an analysis of the case and what will come next at sentencing. David was brought on to the 1130am, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm editions of 10 News that monumental day.

Law & Crime Crime NetworkDavid was invited on with Michel Bryant of Law & Crime Network to discuss the second week of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, involving the death of George Floyd. The introduction by the host was in relation to Ice-T’s Cameo for the firm circa March 2019.

Ally Keegan joins Diane Winbush on the “Women Who Rock: Investigates” podcast to discuss the legal definition of domestic violence, common issues individuals face when they get to court, and resources that can help them break the cycle of violence.

ABCSee what David P. Shapiro had to say to ABC 10 News in San Diego about how a 2nd Degree Murder conviction may not be as straightforward as many hope, even with that terrible cell phone video of George Floyd’s death.

Law & Crime Crime NetworkSan Diego Criminal Defense Attorney David P. Shapiro joined Law & Crime Trial Network host Bob Bianchi on March 11, 2021, to discuss week one of the Derek Chauvin murder trial. Although primarily focusing on jury selection, David also discussed the three charges Mr. Chauvin is facing and what the best defense strategies will be moving forward at trial. This case involves the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. Here are a few clips of the appearance.
ABCThe trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin got underway the week of March 9, 2021. Hear what David had to say to San Diego’s 10News about the jury selection process and some strategic charging decisions made by the Prosecution.

Court TVWithout fail, Court TV’s Vinnie Politan never misses a chance to pay homage to David’s Staten Island roots, introducing him into “the Think Tank” the evening of March 4, 2021, as “coming to us from San Diego via Staten Island….” Watch this Court TV appearance where David outlines what to keep an eye on in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, social unrest due to the tragic loss of George Floyd’s life, and breaks down some of the nation’s other most fascinating criminal cases.

David P. Shapiro was interviewed for a celebrity news article by Nicki Swift discussing the possible charges and jail time facing the thieves who stole Lady Gaga’s two French Bulldogs.

Court TVWatch David P. Shapiro’s appearance on Court TV the evening of January 28, 2021, where he provided insight on some of the nation’s most intriguing criminal court cases, including Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s pending murder charge, and the disappearance of Chula Vista mother, May Millete.

Fox NewsSee what David P. Shapiro had to say to Fox News about the shocking news of the DUI arrest and citation of Bruce Springsteen in this article from February 11, 2021. David indicated how he believed the case would come down to the basis for the Boss’ initial detention and his Blood alcohol content.

Court TVA frequent criminal law analyst for CourtTV, David P. Shapiro was brought on the afternoon of November 12, 2020, to analyze the defendants’ bail hearing in the Ahmaud Arbery homicide case. David broke down the arguments for and against bail, and addressed the emotional statement made by Mr. Arbery’s mother to the judge presiding over the hearings.
Ally Keegan presented on bail reform before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic. This is a can’t miss webinar from September 2020 if you’re interested in bail reform.
On October 15, 2020, Ally Keegan was a featured guest on the Women Who Rock podcast. Ally was invited on to discuss the criminal courtroom process during Covid-19 and how courts are coping with domestic violence cases.
Times of San DiegoStefano Molea recently published an article in the Times of San Diego on the value of tempering our reactions when we see a story in the media about an alleged crime, and why we should hold judgement and outrage until a person has been proven guilty.

Court TVDavid was invited on Court TV as part of Vinnie Politan’s “Think Tank” of criminal lawyers commenting on some of the nation’s most intriguing criminal cases, including Jacob Blake waiving his Preliminary Hearing from his hospital bed in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Yahoo NewsStefano Molea quoted in a Yahoo News article with regard to the Lori Loughlin college admissions scandal and potential sentence to be imposed.

San Diego Union TribuneStefano Molea in the San Diego Union Tribune discussing how his high profile client, a pro skateboarder, was able to avoid further jail time after a federal drug conviction.

Court TVDavid was invited on Court TV with Vinnie Politan to break down some of the nation’s most intriguing cases, including Doomsday prophet Chad Daybell’s Preliminary Hearing, the unsealing of explosive documents relating to the Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell case, and more.

Blog Talk RadioAlly Keegan is invited as a guest on the podcast to discuss prison reform, Black Lives Matter, and domestic violence.

Court TVDavid P. Shapiro on Court TV discussing some of the nation’s most intriguing criminal cases and the tension between law enforcement and the public.

Fox NewsDavid Shapiro quoted in a Fox News article on the implications of Lori Loughlin’s plea deal and short prison sentence.

Fox NewsFox News article quotes David Shapiro regarding the effects of Lori Loughlin’s plea deal and short prison sentence on her public image.

David P. Shapiro quoted in the Northern California Record regarding Covid-19 and CDCR early release of inmates.

Fox NewsFox News article quotes David Shapiro regarding the effects of Lori Loughlin’s plea deal and short prison sentence on her public image.

Court TVDavid P. Shapiro on Court TV offering insight into the high profile case of a woman involved in a religious cult, whose children went missing.

ABCDavid P. Shapiro on San Diego 10 News on the continued closures of the courts and the impact it’s had on his clients.
ABCDavid P. Shapiro discusses the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic with Ben Higgins of San Diego ABC 10 News on the ABC 10 podcast.

ABCDavid P. Shapiro on ABC 10 News San Diego, discussing the recent court closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fox NewsDavid P. Shapiro’s commentary on Harvey Weinsten’s sentence

Fox NewsDavid P. Shapiro’s commentary on Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Trial

Yahoo NewsDavid P. Shapiro quoted in article on early release request for Bill Cosby due to concerns over potential COVID-19 infection in prison.

Yahoo NewsDavid P. Shapiro discussing the upcoming sentencing of sentencing of Allison Mack for her involvement in the Nxivm sex cult.

CBSDavid P. Shapiro shed light on what might have led San Diego Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds.

Law & Crime Crime NetworkDavid P. Shapiro discusses a shocking case with Angela Spanos on the Law & Crime Network

ABCDavid offers insight into the guilty plea deal, and next steps for Kellen Winslow Jr. and his legal defense team.

Law & Crime Crime NetworkLaw and Crime Trial network features David in a discussion about the Kellen Winslow Jr. case.

Washington PostDavid Shapiro offers insight into Kellen Winslow Jr’s guilty plea on charges of rape and sexual battery.
CBSFelicity Huffman behind bars. San Diego CBS 8 invites David to explain what this means for other parents involved with the college admissions scandal.
Fox 5David helped to secure an acquittal for a sailor accused of murder. David speaks to Fox 5 about his client’s regained freedom in the Navy love-triangle stabbing trial.

BravoDavid Shapiro weighs in on the college admissions scandal and the unusual legal strategy taken by Lori Loughlin and her husband.

Law & Crime Crime NetworkLaw and Crime Trial network features David in a discussion about the Kellen Winslow Jr. case regarding the charges, evidence, and alleged victim testimony.

Court TVDavid Shapiro discusses a high-profile mistrial, presenting his expert opinion on how mixed verdicts can impact the outcome of a criminal court case.

Times of San DiegoReturning a verdict of “not guilty”, the jury brought to a close the highly-publicized, Navy ‘love-triangle’ stabbing trial.

ESPNAn international baseball star is arrested on suspicion of distribution of cocaine. ESPN reached out to David, for his assessment of the case.

Fox 5David P. Shapiro weighs in on defense and prosecution strategy and possible reasons for the mistrial of the Kellen Winslow Jr. case.

Navy TimesThe military, a love triangle, and claiming self-defense.

BravoBravo network interviews David as a top defense attorney in San Diego. In this article, David discusses the importance of proactive cybersecurity for public figures.

NY PostIn the Kellen Winslow II trial, a fitness app became a focal point for the prosecution. David discusses digital evidence and how it can impact a case.

LA TimesThe first high-profile celebrity to fall in the college admissions scandal, Felicity Huffman must report to jail.

Court TVThe Kellen Winslow II trial has been highly publicized. David appears live on Court TV to discuss the opening statements.

Yahoo NewsDavid was invited to explain the significance of a partial jury verdict. This court case garnered significant media attention.

NBC 7 San DiegoDavid Shapiro and Stefano Molea are featured defending a San Diego sailor alleged to have committed murder in this story by NBC 7.

The TelegraphDavid contributes his opinion on the scandal involving Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Court TVDavid discusses the ongoing Kellen Winslow II trial in this interview streamed live on Court TV.

Fox NewsDavid Shapiro explains the the greater impacts of celebrity-admissions-scandal-convict Felicity Haufmann’s sentence in this Fox News article.

XTRA Sports 1360AMWhen the owner of the New England Patriots was arrested for soliciting prostitution, it quickly became national news.

USA TodayEx-athlete Kellen Winslow Jr.’s case was closely watched by the media. David offers his professional legal opinion on potential strategies for the defense.

NBC NewsDavid is interviewed following the prosecution’s decision not to press charges against his client.

Yahoo SportsThe Kellen Winslow Jr. Trial: David is contacted by Yahoo! Sports for his legal opinion regarding charges in the Kellen Winslow Jr. case.

Fox NewsThe high-profile college admissions scandal rocked the nation. Fox News reached out to David for his opinion.