Phillips Jessner LLP is a boutique family law firm specializing in unusually complex and challenging cases.
All of the firm's attorneys have sterling academic and professional backgrounds, and have practiced law at the highest levels. Firm clients include men and women from the corporate world; the entertainment industry; the legal, medical, and accounting professions; and professional sports. The caliber of the attorneys at Phillips Jessner LLP allows us to provide a quality of representation associated with the nation's largest law firms, while our size affords us the ability to provide the personal touches and responsiveness associated with much smaller firms. We spare no effort in pursuing the results our clients want to achieve, whether that means working to prevail in court or negotiating a favorable settlement.
Two California Plaza
350 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 3550
Los Angeles CA 90071
Phillips Jessner LLP Attorneys at Law will represent your Family legal matters.
Education: University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1956, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1967
Memberships: Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations; California Women Lawyers Association (Founding Member); Women Lawyers of Los Angeles; Chancery Club (First Woman President); Professional Association of Judicial Mediators & Arbitrators.
Admissions: 1968, California
Miscellaneous Information: Recipient: Shattuck Price Award for Excellence as an attorney from the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1991; Distinguished Alumni Award, University of California, Santa Barbara; Distinguished Service Award, Loyola Law School Alumni Association, 1988; Outstanding Community Service Award, Leviitt & Quinn Family Law Center, 2004; Dragon Slayer Award, California Women Lawyers, 1988; Ernestine Stahlhut Award, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, 1986. Named One of 50 Most Powerful Women Lawyers by Los Angeles Business Journal, 1998. Co-Author: "Divorce, a Woman's Guide to Getting a Fair Share." Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Family Law. Expert witness in numerous family law and civil cases. Senior Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, 1995-2005. Partner, Beardsley Hufstedler & Kemble (later Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley), 1972-1995. First Woman President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1984-1985. Member and Vice President, Board of Governors, State Bar of California, 1986-1989. Member and Chair: Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, 1978-1982; Lawyers Disciplinary Committee, United States District Court, Central District of California, 2001-2004. Member, Executive Committee, California Judicial Council, 1991-1994. Chair, Board of Overseers, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, 1988-1990. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Patricia Phillips, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. 1956) and the Loyola School of Law, Loyola Marymount University (J.D. 1967), is a native of the City of Los Angeles. Now a partner at Phillips Jessner in Los Angeles, Ms. Phillips specializes in family law and civil litigation. She serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator for business, employment, and family matters.
Ms. Phillips is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. In the practice of family law, Ms. Phillips handles issues relating to the dissolution of marriage, including child custody and support issues, as well as the complex areas of identification and valuation of community property, valuation of business assets and division of property. Ms. Phillips is well known in the legal community for her work in bringing concepts of alternative dispute resolution to litigation. She also handles business, employment, trust, and probate mediation. Ms. Phillips' clients range from owners of sole proprietorships to key people in closely held businesses, as well as employees. She has represented well-known political figures, as well as members of the entertainment community and many judges and lawyers.
Patricia Phillips was the first woman to be elected President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in the United States. She is the recipient of the Shattuck Price Award, given once each year to the Association's "Outstanding Lawyer." She has been honored by both her undergraduate and law school alma maters as an outstanding alumna and by the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles and California Women Lawyers with the presentation of their Ernestine Stahlhut and Dragon Slayer Awards, respectively. She served for three years on the Judicial Council of the State of California and was a member and former Chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on Judicial Procedures. Ms. Phillips served as a vice president and member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar, where she organized the Statewide Committee on Professionalism and Public Action. In addition, she was chair of the State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and the Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession and the State Bar. Ms. Phillips recently completed a term as President of the Chancery Club, the first woman to occupy any officer position in that organization. In April 1998, she received the ACLU Pro Bono Advocacy Award and has been honored as being one of Los Angeles' 50 most powerful women lawyers.
Ms. Phillips is a member of various Boards including the Board of Visitors at Loyola Law School and the Board of Maternal and Child Health Access. She is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the City Club at Bunker Hill. Ms. Phillips is a frequent lecturer and writer on family law issues, methods of dispute resolution, and professionalism. The Los Angeles Daily Journal recently profiled Ms. Phillips, describing her as a mentor to the legal profession in Los Angeles.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Juris Doctorate, 1967
Education: University of California at Berkeley, A.B., 1982, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, J.D., 1985
Memberships: Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Admissions: 1985, California
Before forming Phillips Jessner LLP, Gregory Jessner represented the United States at the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, holding a number of managerial positions including Chief, Criminal Complaints Section (1998-1999), Deputy Chief, Major Crimes Section (1994-1998), and Violent Crime Coordinator (1994-1998).
He received national recognition for his work as lead counsel for the prosecution in a case involving the indictment of forty members of the Aryan Brotherhood, believed to be the largest federal capital prosecution in U.S. history. He also successfully prosecuted two Jewish Defense League members who plotted to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City. While handling notable and complex cases, he maintained an unbroken record of success at trial.
From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Jessner served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
A former trial advocacy instructor for the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, Mr. Jessner has lectured in numerous courses for the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Education.
Mr. Jessner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He received a Juris Doctor in 1985 from Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was winner of the 1983 Moot Court Award for Best Brief, served as research assistant to professors Melvin Eisenberg and Michael Traynor, and served as an associate editor of the California Law Review.
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
Juris Doctorate, 1985
Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1998, Duke University School of Law (LL.M., Comparative/International Law, 2001; J.D., cum laude, 2001)
Membership: Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California.
Admissions: 2001, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Adam King is Of Counsel at Phillips Jessner LLP. He received his J.D., cum laude, and his LL.M. in Comparative and International Law in 2001 from Duke University, where he was a staff editor of the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. Mr. King earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was both a Drake and Chancellor's Scholar.
Mr. King's practice covers a broad range of family law areas, including dissolution proceedings, domestic-violence proceedings, child custody, child support, spousal support, modification of support, division of community property, confirmation of separate property, and negotiation of family law disputes.
Mr. King joined Phillips Jessner in 2006 after being an associate at the firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he participated in a diverse range of litigation matters in federal and state court.
Mr. King is admitted to practice in California, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Duke University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2001
Education: Claremont McKenna College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2002
Membership: State Bar of California; Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations.
Admissions: 2002, California
Kristin Kellet is of counsel at Phillips Jessner LLP. Her practice covers a broad range of family-law areas, including dissolution proceedings, domestic-violence proceedings, child custody, child support, spousal support, modification of support, division of community property, confirmation of separate property, and negotiation of family law disputes.
Ms. Kellet joined Phillips Jessner in 2007 after being an associate at the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she specialized in land use and environmental law and represented corporate clients in both federal and state litigation.
Ms. Kellet received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Claremont McKenna College in 1998. She earned her J.D. in 2002 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2002
Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1994, Loyola Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1998
Memberships: State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.
Admissions: 1998, State of California; 1998, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1999, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Cynthia Perrin is Of Counsel at Phillips Jessner LLP. Her practice covers a broad range of family law areas, including dissolution proceedings, domestic-violence proceedings, child custody, child support, spousal support, modification of support, division of community property, confirmation of separate property and negotiation of family law disputes. Ms. Perrin is a certified mediator and collaborative family law attorney.
Ms. Perrin joined Phillips Jessner LLP in 2008 after being Senior Counsel with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., where she handled a variety of entertainment-related negotiations and transactions. Prior to working at Warner Bros., Ms. Perrin was a litigation associate at the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she participated in diverse litigation matters in federal and state court, representing large corporations and public entities, and also handled many complex family law matters. Prior to her time at Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Perrin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher, United States District Judge, Central District of California.
Ms. Perrin received her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, where she was a notes editor of the Loyola Law Review and named Order of the Coif. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles where she majored in Psychology, receiving departmental honors.
Loyola Law School
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1998
Education: Harvard University, A.B., 2000; The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2003.
Memberships: State Bar of California; State Bar of Illinois; Los Angeles County Bar Association; American Bar Association.
Admissions: California, 2003; Illinois, 2004; C.D. Cal; 9th Cir.; N.D. IL; E.D. Wis.; 7th Cir; 3d Cir.
Biography: David Campbell is an associate at Phillips Jessner. His practice covers a broad range of civil and family law areas, including dissolution proceedings, domestic-violence proceedings, child custody, child support, spousal support, modification of support, division of community property, confirmation of separate property, and negotiation of family law disputes.
Mr. Campbell previously was a litigation associate in the Chicago office of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where his practice focused on commercial and intellectual property disputes, and in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Campbell has served as a fellow and law lecturer at the School of Transnational Law, Peking University, in Shenzhen, China, and as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He received his J.D. in 2003 from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his undergraduate degree in political philosophy from Harvard University. He is admitted to the bar in California and Illinois.
The University of Chicago Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2003