Shani O. Zakay



San Diego attorney Shani Zakay focuses his law practice on the representation of homeowners associations. He began his career with Silldorf Law, LLP in 2009 as a law clerk, attracted to the opportunity because of the diversity real estate law offers. Through his hard work, Shani was made partner with Silldorf Law, LLP in 2012. He now manages the firm’s assessment collection practice, in addition to his continued work on general counsel and litigation matters.

During law school, Shani was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was an Honors Instructor for the Legal Research and Writing courses. He also received the American Jurisprudence Award for his performance in the studies of various subjects, including Real Property. Shani currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Shani is also the Vice President of the Board in his own Homeowners Association, gaining him an abundance of insight and perspective on the issues that his clients are facing. Obtaining successful results and finding creative solutions to new problems is Shani's driving force.

They say an attorney does not choose his law practice; the law practice chooses the attorney. Community association law chose Shani. This area of the law changes virtually every day and Shani genuinely appreciates and enjoys the different types of people and legal issues Silldorf Law, LLP tackles on a daily basis.

Outside of practicing law, Shani enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his wife and family. He is an intense sports fan and often finds himself yelling at the TV when he's watching sports. Born and raised in Israel, Shani moved to the U.S. when he was 16. Learning a new language and way of life helped prepare him to take on the challenges he now sees as an attorney.


  • Community Association Law
  • Collections Law
  • Civil Litigation


  • J.D., California Western School of Law, magna cum laude
  • B.S. in Business Administration Management, San Diego State University, cum laude


  • All Courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California


  • American Jurisprudence Award: Property Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Products Liability
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Advanced Legal Research
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Insurance Law & Litigation
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Law Office Technologies
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Criminal Procedure
  • Young Attorney of the Year nominee, San Diego Transcript


  • Community Association Institute
  • California Association of Community Managers


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