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Experienced public interest lawyer and human rights advocate. Quixotic, curious, ecclectic and tenacious. I like to travel, to write and to listen to and play music. Am especially fond of Andean folk music.  Once held three professional licenses (secondary education, registered nurse, and attorney) at the same time  Imagine a world that is freer, cleaner, and more just and do what I can to make that happen.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Mediation: 20%

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  • Alicia Ann Guardia

    I endorse this lawyer. Phil is an excellent attorney and fights long hours in the pursuit of justice for his clients. His dedication is remarkable and his work within the Salvadorean community here and abroad is outstanding!


    Alicia Guardia Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald Lee Burdge

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Philip for probably more than a decade. We both are authors of chapters in the Westlaw book, Ohio Consumer Law. Philip has an excellent understanding of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act (Ohio's Udap law) and cares deeply about his clients. His years of experience, both with the law and with consumers, has given him a great ability to explain the law to people in a way they can readily understand. When it comes to understanding Consumer Law, he is tops. I highly recommend him to you.


    Ronald Burdge Lemon law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

1530 W River Rd N Ste 301
Elyria, OH, 44035-2788


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCleveland Legal Aid2016 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' NetworkMember2012 - Present
U.S. Human Rights NetworkMember2010 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Lorain County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Preferred Capital v. Strellec, et al., 161 Ohio App.3d, 346, 2005-Ohio 2607Appeal denied
Helphrey v. Gateway Economic Development Corp. 1:95 cv 1003 (ND Ohio),agreed order
Renner v. Derin Acquisition Corp., 111 Ohio App.3d 326, 676 NE.2d 191 (8th Dist. 1995)Reversed and remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Consumer LawConsumer Sales Practices Act2016
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Human Right to Water in the U.S.Reply to questionnaire by IACHR on Human Right to Water: Focus on Cleveland Division of Water2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State UniversityLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Wisconsin, MadisonHistory and Social Studies (dual major)Secondary EducationN/A
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeNursingApplied Science in NursingN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Consumer law forumDefending homeowners in tax lien foreclosure cases2015
Payday loans and consumer fraud radio call-inPayday loans2014
Ohio Association of Magistrates fall conferenceOhio Consumer Sales Practices Act2014
Foreclosure Law UpdateOhio Foreclosure Law2014
Consumer Debt Live ChatConsumer debt problems2014
Overview of Rios Montt Genocide TrialRios Montt Genocide Trial2013
National Conference of War Tax ResistersSalvadoran national elections and U.S. foreign policy2009
Regional Training for consumer attorneysForeclosure defense fundamentals2008
Juvenile Defenders SummitHuman Rights Law and Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings2007
Juvenile Law UpdateRights of Juveniles in Immigration Cases2006
Consumer Alternatives to BankruptcyAmendments to Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act2006