Real Estate Attorney
Attorney Shanna Welsh-Levin is a member of the State Bar of California, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She is a member of the Real Property Law Section Executive Committee, and was elected Chair of the Real Property Law Section during 2015. Mrs. Welsh-Levin is a California licensed real estate broker and an active member of the San Diego Association of REALTORS®. She has served on committees at SDAR, and attended legislative functions as a representative of the association. She is also a member of the California Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. During the recession and housing crisis from 2007 through 2014, Mrs. Welsh-Levin participated in hundreds of HOME Clinics that took place throughout San Diego County, Imperial County, and Riverside County. The clinics were sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a volunteer attorney at these events, Ms. Welsh-Levin consulted with homeowners who were in distress because of their mortgages.
Mrs. Welsh was instrumental in passing California’s short sale anti-deficiency statute. Working with Senator Denise Ducheny’s office, Ms. Welsh helped to introduce Senate Bill 931, to protect consumers from their lenders when they are unable to pay off the balance of their mortgage loan. The bill passed and made it mandatory for lenders to forgive the remaining balance of the mortgage debt, called the deficiency balance, when the homeowner/borrower completes a short sale of their home. When the bill went into effect on January 1, 2011, it created the California Code of Civil Procedure §580e. Mrs. Welsh counsels attorneys, real estate professionals, housing counselors, negotiators, and property owners about the law on short sales, foreclosures, and loan modifications.
Attorney Welsh-Levin opened this law office in September 2011. Prior to creating her own law firm, Ms. Welsh worked for many years at the Law Offices of Michael Spilger, an exclusive real estate law firm. Before that, she worked for Federal Multi- District Litigation and class action attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, LLP, in the San Diego office, and worked in the telecommunications department of the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC. Ms. Welsh spent a semester in Washington, DC, doing an internship at the Federal Communications Commission, where she learned about administrative and communications law, while soaking in the political environment of our nation's capital.
Shanna Welsh-Levin holds the degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Jazz Music. She worked as a professional jazz and pop musician, and taught private saxophone lessons for many years. She was encouraged by her music teacher, Dr. Nathan Davis, Ph.D., to pursue a career in law because of the leadership that she exhibited in the Pitt Jazz Ensemble. She graduated with honors from North Allegheny Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On the personal side, Ms. Welsh enjoys being a mom, as well as staying in shape with yoga, swimming, and jogging.