619-476-1291 or 619-CALL-RAY

About Ray Estolano

Ray Estolano is an experienced trial attorney with 18 years of experience.  He has been a prosecutor and now represents clients in immigration, family law and criminal defense cases.

Work Experience

Ray has worked for two District Attorney’s Offices.  For the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, he handled complex interstate child support litigation.  For the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office, he was a deputy district attorney who prosecuted some of the most serious felony offenses in the county.

Courtroom Style

Ray’s courtroom style has always been amiable, but aggressive. One defense attorney nicknamed him the “Smiling Assassin” because of his unflappable demeanor as a prosecutor. To Ray, courtroom presentation is always about persuading your audience that your client is right. Where other attorneys might scream or yell, Ray focuses on persuading the judge or jury at their level.

As a Private Attorney

Ray Estolano went into private practice in 2005 and has since represented clients in family law, criminal defense and immigration cases. Estolano Law has had success in each of these three areas. We are client based. Our philosophy is to settle when it’s in the client’s best interest, but we have successfully litigated long and complex trials in each area and Ray Estolano is recognized for his legal excellence.

Recognition as an Attorney

He has been voted best attorney by the readers of the Chula Vista Star News on multiple occasions. He currently (as of 6/23/2017) holds a perfect rating of 10.0 in Avvo. Perhaps, the finest compliment was paid to him by a former adversary (a prosecutor) who later hired him to handle his own divorce. He commented that it was about time that he had Ray Estolano on his side!

Biographical- A kid from Chula Vista

The child of Mexican and Asian parents, Ray is fluent in Spanish and is dedicated to offering clients in San Diego a high level of representation for reasonable rates. His office is in Chula Vista, CA. This is the same community where he attended elementary school, high school and now lives with his wife Maria. In his spare time, Ray is active in the community through various non-profit groups.


Chula Vista High School/Bonita Vista High School Class of 1989

University of California at Berkeley

University of San Diego School of Law

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, San Diego County Bar Association

Vice President, South Bay Bar Association

Proud Member, American Immigration Lawyers of America

Member, Kiwanis International

Some Personal Details

The picture that you see above is accurate. Ray lost about 134 pounds through Kaiser’s positive choice program (basically a shake meal replacement program.) He now uses cycling and a better diet to try to stay close to his college weight, but credits the positive choice staff with saving his life!

This page is an introduction to attorney Ray Estolano.  Ray and the staff look forward to meeting you in personal in the near future if we can be of service.