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Michael Stewart Phillips

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Attorney Michael S. Phillips, an experienced lawyer dedicated to practice in the area of DUI defense, offers impeccable representation that earns results by employing proven methods for effective criminal defense with a uniquely imaginative and deeply insightful perspective on the California Vehicle Code and related laws. A most intelligent, best prepared, and tirelessly dedicated attorney, Phillips guarantees his clients the best possible outcome under each’s circumstances. Mr. Phillips provides potential clients with a free, upfront and matter of fact legal analysis of the charges faced and the reasonably likely outcomes to be expected.  Instead of investing time in seminars, publishing, or advertising, Mr. Phillips focuses purely on his clients’ cases, devoting his time and effort to exhaustive case preparation and in court advocacy.  In less than ten years of Orange County based legal practice, Mr. Phillips has won decades of success and built a voluminous portfolio of experience as the managing attorney for two of Southern California’s high volume DUI defense firms.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Daniel M. Fox

    Mr. Phillips has proven himself a very knowledgeable and capable DUI attorney in the southern California courts. Many of my former colleagues came up against Mr. Phillips, both in negotiation and trial, and sought out my assistance on countering his effective defense abilities. Further, Mr. Phillips is a noted colleague of some of the most well known and respected "elder statesmen" of DUI defense in OC. This combination of self-ability and readily accessible consultative knowledge makes Michael an outstanding DUI defense attorney.


    Daniel Fox Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • A Jennifer Zide

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. A specialist in DUI defense, Mr. Phillips has superb skills, extensive experience, and exceptional courtroom expertise. You want him on your side to give you the best possible DUI defense. I am a fellow criminal defense and DUI defense attorney. If I had a client, a loved one, or a friend seeking a DUI defense attorney in Orange County, I would refer them to Mr. Phillips with full confidence that he would provide them with the best possible representation.


    A Zide DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2015
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Criminal Law CertificationWhittier College of Law2008
CALIWhittier Law School2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerC.A.R. Law, P.C.2015 - Present
PartnerTodd A. Langren, PLC2013 - Present
Managing & Trial AttorneyLaw Offices Of Myles L. Berman2010 - 2013
AssociateThe Ticket Clinic, APLC2009 - 2010
Sole PractitionerMichael S. Phillips, PC2008 - 2010
Certified Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Newport Harbor Bar AssociationBoard Member2015 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2014 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2013 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Leoall charges dismissed
DylanDUI dismissed, pled to reckless
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Publication nameTitleDate
PRWEBAttorney Michael S. Phillips Joins Todd A. Landgren2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Tennessee, ChattanoogaEnvironmental SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Breathe Easy Informational LuncheonDUI insurance expense mitigation2015