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Stacy D. Phillips - Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation
Stacy D. Phillips and Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation is a full service family law firm in Los Angeles that provides services in all matters related to family law, divorce, and custody.
Stacy D. Phillips - Los Angeles Divorce & Custody Lawyer
Stacy D. Phillips specializes in the following family law areas:
Divorce/Marriage DissolutionDomestic Partnerships
Child Custody & VisitationDomestic Violence
Child & Spousal SupportRestraining Orders
Breach of Fiduciary DutyPaternity Matters
Alternative Dispute ResolutionCA Community Property

Stacy D. Phillips, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is the founder and Managing Principal of Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation, a full-service family law firm in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book, Divorce: It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, now in its sixth printing. As a staunch supporter of victims’ rights, Ms. Phillips co-authored Senate Bill 924 (codified in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.15), which extended the statute of limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil court.

Ms. Phillips represents business executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, accountants, homemakers, sports, entertainment, political and religious figures, and/or high net-worth individuals. Former clients of the firm have included Darcy LaPier (former wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme), Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Brown (former husband of Whitney Houston), Erin Everly (former wife of Guns 'n Roses' Axl Rose), Toni Taupin (former wife of lyricist Bernie Taupin), Corina Villaraigosa (former wife of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), Charlie Shanian (former husband of Tori Spelling), Jonathan Kaufer (former husband of Pia Zadora), Dean Sheremet (former husband of LeAnn Rimes), and Kelly Rutherford, to name but a few. In 2008, she also represented the Conservators with regard to Britney Spears' family law matters.

Author/Legal Analyst

In addition to her book, Ms. Phillips has been quoted in dozens of publications such as, People, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Town & Country, Us, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times. As a columnist, Ms. Phillips has been sought out to write for such trade and legal publications as the Daily Journal, Lawdragon, California Family Law Monthly, Divorce Magazine and many others. Her authored pieces have also run on such websites as Yahoo! Personals, HitchedMag.com, DivorceMag.com, Divorce360.com, CNNMoney.com and AOL.com. Ms. Phillips has also appeared in a number of stories featured on major websites including TMZ.com, Yahoo.com and MSN.com.

She has appeared on numerous television programs, including CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, E! Entertainment, BBC News, Court TV (now TruTv), Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Inside Hollywood, Extra, Inside Edition, CBS The Early Show, NBC The Today Show, CNBC High Net Worth, VH1, Fox News Network, ABC News 20/20, ABC Good Morning America, Dr. Drew, TV Guide Channel, as well as international media outlets including Interaktiv (Hungary), Asahi TV (Japan) and Movie Central (Canada).

Professional Honors and Awards

Highly regarded in the legal industry, Ms. Phillips has received many accolades over the years, including:

  • “Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers” – Super Lawyers – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 - Present
  • “Southern California’s Best Lawyers” – Los Angeles Times Magazine – 2007 - Present
  • “Top 100 Southern California Lawyers” – Super Lawyers – 2006 - Present
  • “Top 50 Women Southern California Lawyers” – Super Lawyers – 2005 - Present
  • “Southern California Super Lawyers” – Super Lawyers – 2004 - Present
  • “Top Women Lawyers” (formerly “Top Women Litigators”) – Los Angeles Daily Journal – 2003 - Present
  • “The Best Lawyers in America” – Best Lawyers – 2003 – Present
  • AV® Preeminent™ – Martindale-Hubbell - 1991 – Present
  • “Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the Law” – Los Angeles Times – 2009 - 2012, 2014
  • “Women Leaders in the Law” – The Recorder – 2012
  • "Elite Group of Attorneys", L.A. Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine, 2004 - 2008
  • "Top 75 Female Litigators in California", 2005 - 2008
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2006 - Present
  • “Best of the Bar” – Los Angeles Business Journal – 2007
  • Los Angeles area's "Best Lawyers", 2006 - 2007
  • 81 "The Best of the Bar", Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007
  • "AV Preeminent" Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Registry, 1991 - Present
  • "Women of Accomplishment", AMIT's , 2005
  • “Top 20 Lawyers in Los Angeles Under the Age of 40” – Los Angeles Daily Journal – 1998
  • “50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law” – Los Angeles Business Journal – 1998
Ms. Phillips is also the recipient of numerous distinguished honors and awards for her charitable works, including:
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Women Making a Difference Symposium - Los Angeles Business Journal - 2014
  • Power Philanthropist Award – STARCARE – 2010
  • Jurisprudence Award – Anti-Defamation League – 2009
  • Family Law Attorney of the Year Award – Century City Bar Association – 2009
  • Griffin Bell Community Service Award – LACBA Center for Civic Mediation on behalf of the firm – 2009
  • Spirit of Hope Award – Tower Cancer Research Foundation – 2008
  • Certificate of Commendation – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – 2006
  • Certificate of Commendation – Councilman Jack Weiss – 2006
  • Certificate of Commendation – City of Los Angeles – 2006
  • Women to Watch Award – Jewish Women International – 2005
  • Women of Achievement Award – AMIT – 2005
  • Women of Accomplishment Award – Century City Chamber of Commerce – 2002
  • Women Who Make a Difference Award – Los Angeles Business Journal – 2001
  • Women of Accomplishment Award – Bnai Zion Foundation – 2001
  • Patricia A. McClure Award – Asthma & Allergy Foundation – 2001
  • Women of Action Award – Israel Cancer Research Fund – 2000
Community Activities

Ms. Phillips has served on numerous philanthropic boards concerned with issues affecting children, women and families, including:

Adopt-A-Center
Founder of Adopt-A-Center Non-Profit Program at Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
2005 - Present Board of Ambassadors
2000 - 2004 Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of the Corporate Development Committee
1999 - 2004 Board of Directors

Affordable Living for the Aging (formerly known as Alternative Living for the Aging)
1997 - Present Board of Trustees
1996 - 1997 President, Board of Directors
1994 - 1996 Vice President, Board of Directors
1991 - 1997 Board of Directors

National Partnership of Women and Families (formerly known as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund)
1995 - Present Member

Legal Momentum (formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund)
2002 - 2012 Board of Directors
1995 - 2012 Member
2002 - 2004 Co-Chair, California Leadership Council

Women of Los Angeles
1999 - 2007 Advisory Board
1998 - 2007 Member

Columbia University School of Law
2005 - 2008 Board of Visitors

B’nai Zion
2003 - 2004 Board of Directors

Women’s Leadership Forum
1997 - 2002 Member

Cedars-Sinai Hospital
1999 - 2001 Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular Steering Committee
1999 - 2000 Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular Luncheon Committee

Women’s Political Committee
1997 - 1999 Co-Chair
1991 - 2000 Member

Dartmouth College
1990 Co-founder of The Phillips, Samuels Victor Fund for the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute (formerly known as The Helen and Louis Phillips Memorial Fund)

Ms. Phillips established the Stacy D. Phillips Endowment Scholarship Fund at The Mirman School, which provides funds to an underprivileged female student from a single-parent home to further her education. At Dartmouth College, her alma mater, she is also involved with the Ethics Institute, which serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community, through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, and The Phillips Samuels Victor Fund which her family started over 30 years ago as part of their continued commitment to ethics. The Phillips Family Award in Ethics is presented annually to an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College who has successfully demonstrated strength and interest in applied and professional ethics.

LA Superior Court
2012 - Present Volunteer Mediator selected by Family Law Supervising Judge Scott Gordon to team mediate complex cases for the Family Law Court, V.A.S.T. Program (Voluntary Attorney Settlement Team)

1990s - Volunteer Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court, West District

1984 - 1986 Dependency Court Pro Bono volunteer attorney, representing abused and neglected children in a program coordinated by the Los Angeles Superior Court and the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association
2012 Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association 80th Anniversary/Birthday Party Committee and Mistress of Ceremonies
1980s Attorney trainer in mediation, Beverly Hills Bar Association Mediator Referral Service

Ms. Phillips established the Stacy D. Phillips Endowment Scholarship Fund at The Mirman School, which provides funds to an underprivileged female student from a single-parent home to further her education. At Dartmouth College, her alma mater, she is also involved with the Ethics Institute, which serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community, through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, and The Phillips Samuels Victor Fund which her family started over 30 years ago as part of their continued commitment to ethics. The Phillips Family Award in Ethics is presented annually to an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College who has successfully demonstrated strength and interest in applied and professional ethics.

Preeminent Membership Organizations

In 2012, Ms. Phillips and the firm were invited to join the prestigious International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), a network of highly credentialed single-discipline boutique law firms, across the United States and Canada. The INBLF also partners with leading full-service law firms around the globe – in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

Additional associations, include:
  • The Trusteeship
  • International Women’s Forum
  • Chancery Club of Los Angeles
Professional Leadership and Associations
  • Super Lawyers Advisory Board (A Thomson Reuters Business)
  • Family Law Section American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Los Angeles Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Speaking Engagements

Ms. Phillips presents instructional programs to numerous professional groups, bar associations, law firms, legal forums, law schools, universities and women's groups, including:

2013 Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA | Webinar Panelist “Marketing Me: Building Your Book of Business by Developing YOUR Personal Brand”

2012 Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council | Panelist “Family Law and Estate Planning Issues: The Five Most Common Mistakes Made by Estate Planning/Probate Attorneys Related to Family Law Issues [With a Primer on McCourt]"

2011 San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Probate Section | Encino, CA | Speaker “Don't Get Thrown Out of the Game: Life After McCourt”

2010 Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles | Beverly Hills & Woodland Hills, CA | Speaker “Tips Re: How Not to Fall into the Family Law Abyss: The Top Five Mistakes Estate Planning/Probate Attorneys Make Related to Family Law Issues”

STARCARE’s Fifth Annual Women of Power Luncheon | Huntington Beach, CA | Keynote Speaker
“Money Matters: The Importance of Protecting Your Resources Before, During and After a Relationship"

Pearls of Wisdom | Beverly Hills, CA | Presenter
“Surviving a Split: The Top 10 Issues to Consider When Facing a Divorce”

Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center | Los Angeles, CA | Speaker “The Impact of the State’s Financial Crisis on our Court System”

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) California Chapter Annual Conference | Santa Monica, CA | Speaker, “California Courts In Crisis: The Impact of the Lack of Court Funding on our Judicial System and State Economy”

2009 Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual Conference | Pepperdine University | Panelist, “Negotiating in the Female Voice: What Can We Learn From Our Women Colleagues (not for Women ONLY)”

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - 50th Anniversary Convention | Williamsburg, Virginia | Plenary speaker, “The Legal Dispute: What’s Control Got to Do With It? Everything!” Speaker before the Family Law Section, “How to Get the Most Marbles for Your Client”

2007 Business Forum International | Speaker “Divorce and Control Issues”

2006 West Legal Works Conference, “Your Future as a Rainmaker: Marketing Boot Camp for Lawyers” | Co-Chair and moderator of two panels: “Managing Existing Client Relationships” and “Who Knows You Are Out There? Using Promotions and Communications to Raise Your Profile”

2005 The Seminar Group | Chair and Panel Participant “Relationship Agreements (cohabitation, new domestic partnership laws and alternative dispute resolution)”

City National Bank | Panel Participant “Divorce Hollywood Style: Avoiding Common Pitfall”

2005 L.A. County Bar Association | Panelist “Effective Representation of Family Law Clients in Mediation”

2004 Findlaw Business Development Conference (Successful Marketing Techniques for Profitability and Results) | Panelist, “Why These Firms Are Best of Breed” (with Phillips Lerner Lauzon & Jamra, LLP named among them) and co-panelist with Fox News' Robert Massi on “Practice Area Marketing: Learn From the Masters”

1990 - Present Guest lecturer and speaker, developing and presenting instructional and informational seminars and programs to numerous professional groups, bar associations, law firms, legal forums, law schools, colleges, universities and women’s groups (including but not limited to UCLA, Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Western University School of Law, Dartmouth College, The Rutter Group, Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association, California Women Lawyers, and the Jewish Community Foundation)

Education

Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Dartmouth College, cum laude with high distinction, with a degree in history and religion. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Columbia University School of Law and began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, The United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Areas of Practice:

Family Law
Mediation
Collaborative Law

Published Works:
  • Author of self-help book - Divorce: It’s All About Control - How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars (ExecuProv Press - 2005), now in its sixth printing
  • Contributing Writer - Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers (Kaplan Voices - 2009)
  • Contributing writer and member of the Board of Editorial Consultants - California Family Law Monthly
  • Contributing writer - Divorce Magazine
  • Contributing writer - The Huffington Post: Divorce
  • Contributing writer – Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Contributor of legal content for the book - How to Survive Your In-Laws
  • Editor of legal content and author of the foreword for the book - The Smart Divorce
  • Managing editor - Family Matters, the newsletter of Phillips Lerner
Past Employment Positions:

Jaffe & Clemens, Associate
Pacific Associates, Mediators of Children’s Issues in Divorce, Co-Founder
Divorce Mediators Associates, Co-Founder
Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, Kuchel and Silbert, Associate
Hon. Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court, Law Clerk

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Divorce: It's All About Control
DIVORCE:
It's All About Control
By Stacy D. Phillips
Certified Family Law Specialist
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