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Lee B Phillips

Criminal defense Attorney at Flagstaff, AZ

4.9   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 40 years
    Ohio - OH 40 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Lee

Learn Lee’s areas of practice.

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  1. Criminal defense
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    Specializing in drug trafficking cases on I-40 and I-17.

    38 years

The Law Office of Lee Phillips, P.C. is a leading Flagstaff criminal defense law firm dedicated to the aggressive representation of clients involved in all aspects of criminal offenses including I-40 and I-17 drug trafficking, transportation and possession of marijuana for sale, transportation and possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation and possession of cocaine for sale, manufacturing or cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, DUI, drug DUIs, and all other drug cases. 

 

Lee Phillips was born on an Air Force base in Fairbanks, Alaska, and raised in rural Northwest Ohio. After working as a union organizer for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union in Ohio and California, he attended law school at The Ohio State University.

 

Lee Phillips first came to Arizona during and after graduating law school to work with the Navajo Indian tribe, representing several thousand Navajo Indians in a century old land dispute between the Navajo and Hopi tribes and the United States government. During this period of time, he formed a nonprofit law office to provide free legal representation to Native Americans. His work was funded by grants from several private foundations including two MacArthur Foundation grants, and a fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation.

 

Before Lee Phillips started his own criminal defense practice, he served as a deputy public defender with the Coconino County Public Defender's Office.

 

The Law Office of Lee Phillips handles cases in Flagstaff (Coconino County), Holbrook (Navajo County), Prescott (Yavapai County), and Kingman (Mohave County) in both State and Federal courts.

Location

Lee B Phillips
209 N. Elden Street
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001-0001

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best criminal defense lawyer in Flagstaff
I was charged with 3 very serious felony criminal drug charges and I hired Lee Phillips Law Office to defend me in Superior Court. The case lasted for 9 months and Mr Phillips' law office was instrumental in me getting the desired sentencing of standard adult probation, without getting sentenced to any prison time. Each of the felony charges carried a possible multi year prison sentence. Our desired outcome of probation was attained through Lee Phillips' diligence, his extensive research of all the state's evidence, his sage advice to me about what I could do to help my case, and ultimately through his decision to avoid an evidence based trial, but instead to agree to a plea of guilty while presenting as many positive mitigating circumstances on my behalf demonstrating eligibility for probation instead of a prison sentence. The outcome in my case was lucky for sure, but our luck was earned through Mr Phillips criminal law expertise and hard work combined with me testing clean and actively being in drug recovery during the entire case which demonstrated my amenability to rehabilitation. Mr Phillips has vast criminal defense experience & court room knowledge. Mr. Phillips has a very well deserved high level of respect and an outstanding reputation in the court room from court judges and prosecuting attorneys from his many years as a successful criminal defense attorney. He is very familiar with the workings of the criminal court system. Lee Phillips Law office and staff were so very helpful and I have the deepest gratitude for all their hard work done with me to achieve our desired outcome in Superior Court. I highly recommend the Law Office of Lee Phillips for any and all criminal defense situations.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job WELL DONE! Thank you Lee Phillips!
I want to thank you, Lee Phillips, Attorney for an exceptional job on my case. Your proficiency and knowledge in your field along with your absolute commitment in working hard for me, made all the difference! I am thankful every day that you were my attorney and I won't ever take my freedom for granted. Thank you Lee for everything. I am eternally grateful to you!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony Drug Charges
After driving through Flagstaff with over 20 pounds of marijuana back around 2000 and getting caught, I was told that it was a mandatory sentence of at least 3 years. Thankfully because of Lee, I ended up with just 3 years of probation. I would've never gotten through the situation without hiring Lee. And after, my probationary period, I was able to expunge my record. I'm writing today after all these years, because I recently had him get my gun rights restored as well. I was unaware that I didn't have those rights because of the charges I had all these years ago. But, Lee also got them restored for me with one phone call. I've only been to flagstaff one other time for my sentencing after the trouble I was in. Lee, managed to take care of all of this without me even having to be present. Thank God, no more issues for me, but if I did need a defense attorney, Lee is the only one I would hire.
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Posted by Michaela | September 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Services
Lee Philips was an exceptionally great lawyer to work with. He referred to us through the National Lawyer's Guild and went above and beyond his required/expected requirements. He supported us through lessening the charge and helped us (a group of students) through the Flagstaff legal system. He was on call during our period of arrests (for activism) and gave us all the information we needed to make informed choices about how we wished to proceed legally. Hands down, Lee Philips is the lawyer in Flagstaff.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible
Lee Phillips was always easy to reach, informative, and very helpful throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENED!
Original Charge: Transportation of Marijuana For sale. End Result: Possession of Drug Paraphilia. Sentence: Probation without a felony conviction. To make this short, Lee is a very honest lawyer, he didn't just take my money and push me into a plea. He really did take time and worked with knowledge and confidence. He will honestly lead you in the right direction. I was driving through flagstaff, I live states away, so if he fought for me that much I would recommend him to anyone! His past achievements are really there for a reason. Thanks again so much Lee!
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Posted by Calvin | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gratefull for Mr.Phillips
Lee Phillips is awesome and experienced everything he said he would do for me he accomplished and did so in a timely fashion. I'm very gratefull that he partitioned for me to be released when my public defender said things were very grim Lee Phillips came through and worked my case with the best of his abilities and experience in his profession. Thank you Mr. Lee Phillips and staff.
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Posted by hung | October 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The best i have ever seen
I was charged with some serious charges. I was looking at 10 years mandatory prison(full time) if i lose trial. Mr. phillip's told me i should fight my charges and believe in him. He file a motion to suppress and it was something you see in the movies. Make a long story short, he won. Got my case dismissed. I see people saying he was expensive, but i don't see it that way. No money amount can pay for your freedom and have your attorney believe and actually fight for you. I am forever in your debt Mr.phillips. I only wish i was in a better financial situation to give you more. He truly is the best i have ever seen
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2015
Thank you Mr. Phillips
I am appreciative for Mr. Phillips reducing my initial charge. As an out of state client, it was great to have him representing me and providing me with the state laws, etc. I would recommend Mr. Phillips for those in need of a good lawyer.
Posted by Chuck | July 31, 2015
Great Defense Lawyer
Mr. Phillips was recommended to me by a different lawyer. The recommendation was very good. Lee Phillips assisted me in two concurrent cases where I eventually got deferred prosecution for both, one was a felony and the other one a misdemeanor. I had never been in trouble before and ended up in two situations that I thought as a young person would come to ruin my future. I am thrilled to have worked with Mr. Phillips. He really knows how to get the job done. He kept working the case till I got a better outcome than I ever could have dreamed of. The staff was very accommodating as well. I called a lot to ask questions. Every time they put my mind at ease. I highly recommend him to anyone. Thank You so much Mr. Phillips.
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Posted by Matt | July 28, 2015
Thank you Lee!
Mr. Phillips exceeded my expectations regarding professionalism, service, care, concern, and attention to my case. Mr. Phillips promptly visited me in jail, and promised I would be out as soon as I saw the Judge. He delivered on that promise, and managed to get my bond reduced by over 90%. Quite a feat considering I lived on the east coast. The tremendous service I received did not stop when my case was closed as Mr. Phillips also assisted me with matters that arose years later. I would recommend Mr. Phillips to anyone. Particularly anyone who could potentially forfeit years of their lives to an unfair justice system. Thanks Lee!
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Posted by Kevin | July 20, 2015
Top notch service
I would like to say that the service I received by Mr Phillips is exceptional. Top notch service, and he did exactly what he said he would. I would recommend his firm to any one in kneed of legal service. Thank you Mr Phillips for all you have done for me, your service is second to none.
Posted by Victor | December 29, 2014
My life was secured with my lawyer
Lee was extraordinary at what he does best fight for you, lee made all the right movements and defenses strong. He was always checking on my case and making sure I was updated in any way possible do to the fact I lived in Los Angeles. Lee made it possible so that I can get a second chance in life and fought for me to the last judge decision.
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Posted by James | December 8, 2014
Excellent human being
Mr. Phillips is, first and foremost, a very above average person. He successfully represented me, and was totally dedicated to my legal defense. I was more than impressed that he dedicated so much time to the smallest details, and always was considerate, honest and polite to me and other people. It became clear to me that he was very focused on my case, and he never misrepresented the facts. Mr. Phillips also has an excellent office staff that is considerably above average in quality, friendliness and organization. I became aware that he is highly regarded from others in his profession. His intellectual integrity is excellent in my opinion. I am seriously delighted to have the opportunity to recommend Lee Phillips, without any hesitation.
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Posted by Lynn | December 5, 2014
Lee helped my daughter!
Lee was very helpful and helped my daughter with significant drug charges. He is very knowledgeable, and had a great rapport with the district attorney and the judge. My daughter was charged with 6 felonies, 5 of them drug related, and Lee helped her avoid jail/prison time, and she is now home. he assisted in getting her felonies decreased and labeled as undesignated so that she may be able to get them expunged from her record when she is finished with the court recommendations and probation. I would use Lee again if I ever had any court issues in the future.
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Posted by Paul | May 6, 2011
Lee Phillip’s has earned the respect and trust of the public threw hard work and dedication.
I have known Lee Phillips both professionally and as a person who I consider a friend for over twenty years. Being retired from law enforcement we had numerous contacts in court where my respect and trust grew with our encounters. I considered that we had a good rapport and respected each other professionally. The public fails to realize that being a defense lawyer is a difficult position. At times representing something that is completely against your values can be overwhelming but being the type of person that Lee is, he continues to be aggressive and persistent in representing his client. When he performs a good job, win or lose he also represents the public in not having any cases overturned because of his efficiency. Having the respect and confidence in Lee’s ability as a lawyer, he has represented friends and family. I have and will continue to recommend Lee Phillips as a reliable and trustworthy attorney. I think very highly of Lee and will also defend him as a friend.
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Posted by Francine | May 6, 2011
Review for Lee Phillips
I found Lee Phillips to be an excellent attorney. He was faced with some real challenges in defending my son who was addicted to heroin and as a consequence made some really bad decisions. Even though my son did not have a record and did not hurt anyone but himself, the laws in Arizona, in his case were very harsh. His sentence could have been up to 15 years with a fine as well. He ended up with a 3 year sentence and no fine. I will forever feel that his sentence was too much given his crime and his addiction and I know that Lee had hoped for better for him too, but in the end it was a very good outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
meh
did not contact me for 3 months after i gave the retainer. i never get responses to my e-mails or messages. he knows a lot and is smart. but i felt like more could have been done for my case and that i never got the amount of attention i deserve.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Counsel
  • Law Office of Lee Phillips
  • 1994 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Coconino County Public Defender's Office
  • 1984 - 1994

Education

  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Ramos-Madrid
  • Won
  • State v. Sweeney
  • Won

Associations

  • NORML Legal Committee
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Southwest 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Arizona
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2017
  • Highest Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • AV Preeminent/Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer Southwest 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Arizona
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2016
  • Highest Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • AV Preeminent/Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Southwest 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in Arizona
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2015
  • Highest Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • AV Preeminent/Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer Southwest 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Arizona
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2014
  • Highest Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • AV Preeminent/Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Challenging Vehicle Stops, Detention & Searches
  • 2016
  • Arizona Public Defenders' Association Conference
  • Whisper Stops
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse Lee
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have only known Lee for several months, but I am encouraged by his attention to detail and client care to be a better lawyer myself. Lee takes immigration consequences, in particular, very seriously."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Flagstaff. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Flagstaff Criminal defense Lawyer Lee B Phillips
Lee B Phillips
Criminal defense Attorney
Flagstaff, AZ
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation