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




3500 5th Avenue #304 San Diego, CA 92103

David P. Shapiro

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David P. Shapiro

Managing Partner | San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer
Arrested for a crime he, admittedly, did commit in 2004, David experienced firsthand the same fear, uncertainty, and concern for his future and freedom so many of his clients undergo when arrested or under investigation for allegedly committing a crime. That experience motivates him each and every day to provide the best representation possible to any and all who entrust his Firm to handle their criminal defense matter in their time of need.

Practicing exclusively criminal defense in San Diego since 2007, David has built one of San Diego’s most respected criminal defense firms since opening its doors in 2010. His firm has recently been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing law firms in the United States by LawFirm500.

Revered in both New York (where he grew up) and New Orleans (where he lived from 2003-2006), David moved to San Diego in 2006. He is a self-described “pillar of the community” and is a proud criminal defense attorney, father, and husband.

Case Results

David P. Shapiro has obtained not guilty verdicts at jury trial in every courthouse in San Diego County. Here are a few of David’s recent case results.

Murder & Voluntary Manslaughter Charges

Not Guilty Verdicts At Jury Trial

Transportation & Possession for Sale of Controlled Substances (Over 22kg of Methamphetamine)

Hung Jury / Mistrial, then resolved for probation & no jail time

Kidnapping for Rape

Dismissed at PC995 Motion Hearing

Child Molest & Forcible Rape of a Minor Charges

Probation, No Jail, No PC290 Reg.

Residential Burglary & 4 Counts of Child Molest Charges

Probation, No PC290 Reg.

Stalking & Harassing Electronic Communications Charges

Not Guilty After Jury Trial

Strike Felony Assault w/ Great Bodily Injury & Criminal Threats

Case Dismissed

Third Strike for Criminal Threats with a Loaded Firearm

Strikes Stricken, Probation with House Arrest

Commercial Arson with Strike Prior

Strike Stricken & Probation Granted

Attempted Murder Charges, among other DV-related Strike Felonies

Probation & Residential Treatment

Felony Child Endangerment (2) & DUI Charges

Misdemeanor “Wet Reckless”

DUI (.10 BAC)

Not Guilty After Jury Trial

Felony Hit & Run, and Felony Accessory

Charges Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing

5+ Separate Residential Burglaries (Strikes)

Probation and No Additional Jail

5+ Separate Residential Burglaries (Strikes)

Probation and No Additional Jail

Possession for Sale of Cocaine (with strike prior)

Probation After Court Struck Prior Strike

Strike Felony Charges of Dissuading a Witness from Testifying

Not Guilty Verdicts after Jury Trial

Grand Theft Charges



Awards & Honors

3 Best Rated

3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in SD

2017 – Current


Law Firm 500

Fastest Growing Law Firms in the US

2018 – 2022



SuperLawyers Rising Star 7 Consecutive Years

2015 – 2021



AV PreEminent Rating

2019 – Current


University at Buffalo

Fast 46 Finalist recognizing the fastest growing businesses in the world owned by University at Buffalo alumni (#22 in 2021; #23 in 2022)

2021 – 2022


San Diego Business Journal

Leaders in Law Finalist

2019 – 2022


San Diego Business Journal

Best of the Bar

2014, 2016, 2017

Better Business Bureau

Torch Awards for Ethics Winner


Professional Associations

The State Bar of California Admitted 2007-present
Federal District Court for the Southern District of California   2007-present
American Bar Association Member 2017-present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association  Board Member  2016-present; Member  2007 – present
Genesis Recovery  Board Member  2016-present
Better Business Bureau (A+ Rating)  Admitted  2011-present
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) Attorney Member 2007-present
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) Attorney Member 2007-present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Attorney Member 2006-present
Second Chance Job Readiness Training Class Champion 2019-2022
National Criminal Defense College, Macon GA Alumnus 2009
The Criminal Law Society – Tulane University President 2003-2006


“Facing Criminal Charges in San Diego? Here’s What You Need to Know to Regain Control of Your Future”
“Survival Guide for Those Accused of a Sex Crime in San Diego.”
“Survival Guide for Those Accused of a Theft Crime in San Diego.”
“Survival Guide for Those Accused of a Drug Crime in San Diego.”


Juris Doctor. Tulane University Law School (New Orleans, Louisiana), 2006
Bachelor of Arts (Legal Studies) Summa Cum Laude, The State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
H.S. Diploma. Staten Island Technical High School, 1999