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Stacy D. Phillips

Stacy Phillips

Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation

California (CA)

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Practice Areas: Family Law (80%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

Family Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Named to the Super Lawyers list since its inception, its Top 10 Women list since 2010, and its Top 50 Women list from 2005 to date, Phillips has been among the top 100 vote-getters for the past four years. She has also been named among the Best of the Bar and a Top Female Litigator in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003-2006, as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon, and among The Best Lawyers in America, and has attained the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell registry. Author of Divorce: It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars (now in its seventh printing), Phillips is a community activist for children and families, serves on philanthropic boards, appears frequently as a legal expert on radio and television, and is quoted by print media on a regular basis. She handles all aspects of family law.


Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2014

About Stacy Phillips

Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage: phillipslerner.com/stacy-d-phillips/

Honors and Awards:

  • Women Making a Difference "Volunteer of the Year Award", Los Angeles Business Journal, 2014
  • "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", Los Angeles Times, 2014
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2014
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2014
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2013
  • "Top Divorce Law Firm", Laws.com, 2013
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2013
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • "Women Leaders in Law", The Recorder, 2012
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2012
  • "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", Los Angeles Times, 2012
  • "Best Lawyers in America" , Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2012
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2011
  • "Southern California's Best Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, 2011
  • "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", Los Angeles Times, 2011
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2011
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2010
  • "Southern California's Best Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, 2010
  • "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", Los Angeles Times, 2010
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2010
  • "Power Philanthropist Award", STARCARE, 2010
  • "Top Women Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2009
  • "Southern California's Best Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, 2009
  • "Griffin Bell Community Service Award" (on behalf of the firm), Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services, 2009
  • "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", Los Angeles Times, 2009
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2009
  • "Family Law Attorney of the Year Award", Century City Bar Association, 2009
  • "Jurisprudence Award", Anti-Defamation League, 2009
  • "Southern California's Best Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, 2008
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2008
  • "Top Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2008
  • "Spirit of Hope Award", Tower Cancer Research Foundation, 2008
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2008
  • "Southern California's Best Lawyers", Los Angeles Times, 2007
  • "Best of the Bar", Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2007
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2007
  • "Leading Individuals", Marquis Who's Who in America, 2007
  • "Top Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2007
  • "Top 75 Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2006
  • "Certificate of Commendation", City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 2006
  • "Certificate of Commendation", City of Los Angeles, Councilman Jack Weiss, 2006
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2006
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2006
  • "Certificate of Commendation", City of Los Angeles, 2006
  • "Top 75 Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
  • "Women of Achievement Award", AMIT, 2005
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2005
  • "Women to Watch Award", Jewish Women International, 2005
  • "Top 50 Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2004
  • "Top 50 Women Litigators", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Best Lawyers in America, 2003
  • "Women of Achievement Award", Century City Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • "Women of Accomplishment Award", B'nai Zion, 2001
  • "Women Who Make A Difference Award", Los Angeles Business Journal, 2001
  • "Patricia McClure Award", Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, 2001
  • "Women of Action Award", Israel Cancer Research Fund, 2000
  • "50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law", Los Angeles Business Journal, 1998
  • "Top 20 Attorneys Under Age 40", Los Angeles Daily Journal California Law Business, 1998
  • 1991 - Present "AV® Preeminent™", Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder - Phillip Lerner's Adopt-A-Center Program:  This program's purpose is to aid local non-profit organization who help those less fortunate, in particular, those non-profit organizations which provide services to families and children.  To date, the Adopt-A-Center Program has assisted a number of unique groups, all of whom have benefited tremendously from the firm's commitment.  Not only does Phillips Lerner contribute and raise funds for these worthy non-profit organizations, the attorneys and staff provide hands-on participation in various activities and events during a 12-month period of service.  Moreover, many stay on after the completion of Phillips Lerner's commitment in order to assist as Board members and volunteers. 
  • 2005 - Present:  Board of Ambassadors | Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The article discusses California Family Code §2640 and how it affects the amount a spouse will or will not receive in community property during a divorce. , Author, Community Property Doesn't Always Mean You Get Half, Huffington Post, 2011
  • This article discusses the impact of the State of California's financial crisis on its court system., Co-Author, It's Time To Step Up to the Plate, Daily Journal, Legal, 2010
  • Does Real Party In Interest (who has no relationship with the children) have standing to asset a Petition for Guardianship in the estate of a minor? This depends upon the definition of the phrase “other person on behalf of the minor” as used in Probate Code Section 1510. Ruling as a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeal concluded that the phrase meant: “a person who pleads ultimate facts demonstrating financial misconduct or alleges other information sufficient to warrant court intervention in the management of the minor’s money or other property.” The Court of Appeal determined that under the circumstances presented, no standing was properly shown., Co-Author, Suleman, California Family Law Monthly, Legal, 2010
  • In re R.S. the right of birth parents to voluntarily relinquish their parental rights is upheld, but legislature’s intent to allow birth parents to maintain at least a semblance of control over the adoptive process by designating the individual with whom the public adoption agency is to place the child for adoption is emphasized (that is, as long as adoption agency agrees);, Co-Author, In Re R.S., California Family Law Monthly, Legal, 2010
  • Alternatives to litigation may help minimize the impact of divorce on children and manage acrimony between soon-to-be exes, Co-Author, 'Cooperative Divorce' is Not an Oxymoron, Trial Styles, Legal, 2010
  • The article is a "call to arms" on the cutbacks on the judicial system based on the State of California's economy.  As lawyers and guardians of our judicial system, we have an obligation to take action and take it now. , Co-Author, Court Budget Cuts Jeopardize the Economy and Justice for All, Century City Lawyer, Legal, 2010
  • The Court of Appeal in In re Marriage of Stacy and Henry T. Nicholas held that a judge, whether or not the same judicial officer who issued the sealing Order, may revisit a prior sealing Order to ensure that it properly adheres to the requirements for sealing records as dictated by the California Constitution and Rules of Court. The California Constitution provides for a right of public access to civil proceedings. California Rules of Court (Rules 2.550 and 2.551) require that a request for a sealing Order must be made in a motion and that the Court must include certain findings in its sealing Orders. The Nichols case stands for the proposition that a judge may review a prior sealing Order at any time during an action to ensure that the presumption of public access to civil proceedings is adhered to and that the requirements for a sealing Order have been met., Co-Author, In re Marriage of Nicholas, California Family Law Monthly, Legal, 2010
  • In re Marriage of Guo and Sun, the Court of Appeal rejected the notion that Family Code Section 2251 allows for a determination that a putative marriage exists if either party has a good faith belief in the marriage.  This is consistent with the common law rule that only an innocent party can be a putative spouse.  Under the circumstances, it was determined that the appellant was not an innocent spouse and should not be entitled to rely on Respondent's good faith belief in the marriage as this would not be equitable and inconsistent with both the language and policy embodied in Section 2251 and common law on which it is based.  The Court of Appeal’s opinion in Guo and Sun is in conflict with the earlier opinion rendered in In re Marriage of Tejada (2009) 179 Cal. App. 4th 973 and thus the issue is teed up for the California Supreme Court to decide., Co-Author, In re Marriage of Guo and Sun, California Family Law Monthly, 2010
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