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Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips

also known as John Benedict Phillips

Practice areas:

Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Divorce & Separation, Family

About Me

AV® Preeminent™ rated Orange County trial and appellate family law attorney; Certified Family Law Specialist; dissolution of marriage (divorce) and parentage (paternity) cases; negotiation and litigation of complex property and support issues involving high-income/high-net-worth clients; negotiation and litigation of high conflict child custody proceedings; expertise with business valuation and determination of controllable cash flow (income available for support) in cases involving business owners and self-employed parties; passionate and compassionate family law advocate.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Family: 20%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  3. Alimony: 20%
  4. Child Support: 20%
  5. Child Custody: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Walter Douglas McKeague Jr

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Walter McKeague Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Excellent lawyer. Respected by the bench and the bar. I consulted with him on my own matter and was very impressed. I have also spoken with former clients and they were incredibly positive. You can't go wrong retaining Ben.


    Marc Rozenberg Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

24 Corporate Plaza Drive
Second Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Attorneys In Orange County Rising StarsOrange Coast Magazine2015
Top Attorneys In Southern California Rising StarsLos Angeles Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top AttorneyOC Register METRO Magazine2014
Top Attorneys Rising StarsLos Angeles Magazine2014
Top AttorneyAVVO2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPhillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyPhillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP2005 - 2013


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary/Treasurer2015 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary2014 - 2014
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionDirector2009 - 2013
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyMember2008 - Present
Robert Banyard Inn of CourtMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In Re Marriage of Manfer (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 925Successful Date of Separation Appeal
In Re Marriage of Deffner (2006) 143 Cal.App.4th 662Successful Family Law Appeal
Marriage of Akhavain (2014 WL 853078)Successful temporary child and spousal support appeal

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Univ of California DavisEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law PracticumInitial Requests for Orders2015
Family Law PracticumPost-Judgment Modification of Orders2014
Law School Guest LecturerCommunity Property2013
Law School Guest LecturerSurrogacy and Reproductive Rights2012
Custody Litigation the Old Fashioned WayChild Custody2010