Phil Shapiro has a unique background which gives him a distinct advantage in the legal field. In 1958, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After his Honorable Discharge, he attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a BS in Finance. Mr. Shapiro was then commissioned a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. After retirement, he furthered his education by earning a Master of Business Administration from National University, with Honors.
To complete his education, Mr. Shapiro attended Western State University (Thomas Jefferson) School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1985. In 2006 he received the A. Thomas Golden Alum of the Year Award. Phil has a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, and has been practicing law for 30 years.
Throughout his legal career, Phil has been involved with various organizations, and has even created free legal clinics within the San Diego area. Currently Phil is on the Board of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association and a Board Member and former Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Executive Committee of the State Bar of California. He is also active with several veterans' associations and offers a discount to veteran clients.
The Law Office of Philip A. Shapiro has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell/ LexisNexis.This is the pinnacle of professional excellence, earned through a strenuous peer review rating process. It is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also rated "10" (highest) by AVVO and is featured in Who’s Who in American Law.