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Thomas M. Phillips

Thomas M. Phillips

Partner

Phone: (213) 244-9913

Fax: (213) 244-9915

tphillips@thephillipsfirm.com

Thomas M. Phillips

Mr. Phillips began his career with a major insurance carrier in its in-house legal department. From the outset, he showed outstanding skills as a trial lawyer. For the next eight years, Mr. Phillips handled cases involving large property losses and significant bodily injury claims, including cases involving loss of limbs, spinal surgery, quadriplegia, major burns, and wrongful death.

By his early 30's, Mr. Phillips tried more than 30 civil cases to verdict, a number significantly greater than many senior partners at major firms. After only five years in practice, Mr. Phillips was selected to supervise a team of eight other trial counsel at the firm, some of them many years his senior. In addition, Mr. Phillips was nominated and confirmed as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a leading trial lawyer organization in the country.

In 1992, because of his promise as an upcoming trial lawyer, Mr. Phillips was offered a position with a highly regarded trial firm, Bodkin, McCarthy, Sargent and Smith. There, Mr. Phillips was given significant exposure to other types of cases which, in turn, broadened his experience and expertise.

Mr. Phillips continued to try cases while with the Bodkin firm at a rapid pace. His cases involved, business, and real estate matters, employment, discrimination and toxic tort cases. In one case, Mr. Phillips was asked to represent a major business entity that had purchased machinery from a German manufacturer for millions of dollars. The machinery did not perform as warranted. Nevertheless, the German manufacturer brought a claim for breach of contract due to the failure of the business owner to make payment on the machinery that did not work. Mr. Phillips successfully defended the case and also prosecuted a cross-action against the manufacturer for the losses that the business suffered as a consequence of the poorly performing machines.

In another matter, involving race discrimination, Mr. Phillips was asked to represent a large property owner who allegedly discriminated against minorities when renting out apartment units. This case was highly charged attracted media attention. Mr. Phillips successfully defeated the charges of race discrimination against the owners and was able to settle the case without any monies being paid to the plaintiffs. During this period, Mr. Phillips began handling employment cases and represented major corporate clients in the defense of wrongful termination and gender bias claims. In recognition of his many trial successes and client development, Mr. Phillips was named the youngest equity partner in the firm's history. 

While expanding his areas of practice, Mr. Phillips continued to handle cases for and against large insurance carriers, and became known in many insurance circles as the "man to see" on cases that others were too timid to handle. Time and again, Mr. Phillips inherited cases handled by previous counsel that had been poorly prepared, and he demonstrated that through meticulous preparation and tenacious advocacy, any case could be won. To date, Mr. Phillips has tried over 85 civil trials to verdict.

Beginning in 2001, Mr. Phillips decided to branch out and begin his own firm. With a strong group of lawyers from his prior firm and with other lawyers he recruited through his years of trial work, Mr. Phillips began the firm of Cooper, Phillips & Peterson, where he was the managing partner since its inception. In 2007, this firm became The Phillips Firm, a small, yet aggressive firm that specializes in civil litigation, with a strong emphasis on trial work.

Areas of Practice/ Specialization


Significant bodily injury claims, including cases involving loss of limbs, paralysis, brain injuries, major bums, and wrongful death; business and real estate matters; employment litigation; discrimination; and toxic tort cases.

Education

Loyola Law School (J.D. 1982)

University of California, Los Angeles (BA History, 1978)

Bar Admissions 

California, 1983


Professional Associations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate

Chancery Club

Jonathan Club 

California Club

Association of Southern California Defense Council


Publications/ Published Opinions

Olivolo v. Lampkin A significant ruling in favor of the defendants, limiting the medical bills that can be introduced into evidence.

Henry v. Superior Court (2008) 160 Cal. App. 4th 440, Cal.Rptr. 3d 808. Landmark Decision involving landowner liability for criminal conduct of a third person.

Leslie G. v. Perry & Associates, (1996) 43 Cal.App.4th 472. Historic case regarding the rights of a defendant property owner to allocate fault to a non-party medical tortfeasor.


Interests

When he is not practicing law, Mr. Phillips is involved in sports activities with his two young sons, and lives an active lifestyle with his wife near the beach. He is also a member of a number of prestigious social organizations, as well as hospital and museum boards.

Michael A. Kramer

Michael A. Kramer

Partner

Phone: (213) 244-9913

Fax: (213) 244-9915

mkramer@thephillipsfirm.com

Michael A. Kramer

For almost 25 years, Michael Kramer has represented individuals and organizations in a wide spectrum of cases and has developed special expertise in the defense and trial of matters involving premises and commercial liability, construction defect, aviation, assaults, product liability, trucking accidents, dental and medical malpractice and other general liability matters, with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases.

Although most of his time is spent defending insurance claims, Mr. Kramer has had substantial experience representing plaintiffs in toxic tort claims, including a statewide class action lawsuit involving ground water contamination.

Areas of Practice/ Specialization


General liability matters, including catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases; premises liability, construction defect; aviation; assaults; products and commercial liability; trucking accidents; dental and medical malpractice; and toxic torts.

Education 


Southwestern Law School (J.D., 1978) 

University of Southern California (BA Psychology, 1975)

Bar Admissions

California, 1978

U.S. District Court for Central and Eastern Districts of California


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association


Publications/ Published Opinions 

Mitchell v. Superior Court, (1984) 37 Cal. 3d 691- Landmark case involving the attorney-client privilege in a toxic tort setting.
Law School Highlights o American Jurisprudence Award

Interests

Mr. Kramer has had a life-long passion for sports, including golf, skiing, and long-distance cycling. He has been a ground school flight instructor and pilot.

Gary S. Spitzer

Associate

Phone: (213) 244-9913

Fax: (213) 244-9915

gspitzer@thephillipsfirm.com

Gary S. Spitzer

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Narine Levonyan

Associate

Phone: (213) 244-9913

Fax: (213) 244-9915

nlevonyan@thephillipsfirm.com

Narine Levonyan

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