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Michael Stewart Phillips

DUI and DWI Attorney at Irvine, CA

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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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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/03/2022

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

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C.A.R. Law, PC
2361 Campus Dr.
Ste. 140
Irvine, CA, 92612
The Law Offices of Todd Landgren
27201 Puerta Real #300
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691
The Law Offices of Todd Landgren
26632 Towne Centre Dr #300
Foothill Ranch, CA, 92610
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Posted by Sarah | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won DMV Court Hearing. Change my life
Michael Phillips was a savior in my DUI case. I would not have received the right judgments without him. He went through my case throughly and knew that I was treated unfairly. He went above and beyond all expectations. I won my DMV Court Hearing, which saved me from losing my license. To be honest if I lost the DMV court hearing I would of lost my job and my long distance relationship with my now husband would of suffered. He lived in San Diego and I lived in Huntington Beach, so driving to see each other was important. My court case was then dropped from a DUI to a Wet In Reckless. Now he is helping me expunge my case for a great price. I don't really need the expungement because I own my business but for such a great price, I can't say no to the offer. Thank you Micheal. It was a very stressful time for me and my family and if you didn't help me I don't think I would be in the great position that I am in my life today. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Very Happy Client
Mr. Phillips is one of two lawyers who handled my DUI case. I was immediately impressed, as he was willing to take my consultation call after hours, and was very straight-forward with no sales pitch, scare tactics, or too-good-to-be-true promises. He took a lot of time to explain the process and what to expect, and to review the possible outcomes of my case. I called as a nervous wreck but ended the call feeling confident that I would be in good hands. He was also always very quick to respond to my emails and calls, and even gave me great advice on how to handle the DMV, alcohol classes, and my insurance. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Michael Stewart Phillips
I highly recommend Michael Stewart Phillips for dui and dwi law services. He helped move my case successfully to completion. I appreciate her expertise, compassion and follow through the process. His staffs are super friendly; they answered my questions promptly and with respect and as needed reminded me on my appointments and next steps. Everything is done timely and correctly. I look forward to contact him for issue in future matters.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most confident attorney I have spoken to
I got a DUI charge and I was distraught. I called many attorneys I could find on internet in Orange county. I spoke to Michael, and He spoke more than one hour on the phone for his free consultation. He sounded the most confident of all the attorneys I spoken to, and I felt he would fight for the best possible outcome for me. All other attorneys said that agreeing to reckless driving plea bargain is the best outcome, but Michael said dismissal may be possible depending on the evidence submitted by the police. That gave me an impression that he is willing to put in his time and effort to defend me the best he can. Also, he was honest in telling me that he would not necessarily be the one appearing at the court for me. Depending who has the most favorable relationship with the district attorney, someone from his team will go to the court. Before he told me this fact, I preferred hiring an attorney who works alone because he or she will not delegate the work to someone else. But now he told me about his team, it makes more sense to hire an attorney who work as a team to take advantage of each member's good relationship with district attorneys. I trust Michael to handle my case to bring out the best result that no other attorneys could.
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Posted by Steven | July 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is your guy
I called this guy up and he gave me 5 minutes of his time and I totally appreciated he knew what he was talking about....in face I'm about to call and see if he can make an appearance for me.
Posted by Angela | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best DUI defense attorney you can ask for
Michael Stewart Phillips is a great DUI defense attorney. When my husband was charged with a DUI offense, I was distraught. Never having had to deal with any criminal offense and never having been in trouble with the law before really made me feel lost and scared for my husbands outcome. Michael gave us solid advice and we hired him to handle my husbands case. He went through the motions with us and addressed all of our concerns. He was very clear and concise in informing us of my husbands situation and possible outcomes. Michael really understands DUI law very well, and we could not have asked for a better attorney to handle my husbands case. Due to his diligence, understanding and legal know how, I am thrilled to say, my husband won my case!!! Thanks Michael - You were definitely the right choice.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A excellent DUI defense attorney
From the beginning right through to my DUI case being dismissed, Michael S. Phillips supported me through all my questions and concerns. He is truly one of the great DUI defense attorneys in California. I would highly recommend his services to anyone facing the same charges I did. I helped me prove my innocence and gave me the guidance I needed to get the charges dropped. Thank you Michael, you are a star!
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Posted by Victoria | February 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super Lawyer
Mr. Phillips was amazing. He was very knowledgeable in all aspects of DUI laws and was able to resolve my situation very favorably. From day one, he was able to let me know exactly what to expect and kept me calm during the stressful time. I consulted with other attorneys but they were only able to give me very generic answers. Mr. Phillips was able to give me very specific details and that gave me confidence to know that I chose the right lawyer. Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2015
Mr. Phillips Went Above and Beyond
Mr. Phillips was awesome to work with as I navigated a DUI. Given the circumstances of my particular case, I was extremely satisfied with the resolution he got me - the terms of my probation were more than reasonable. This was in large part due to Mr. Phillips' strong knowledge of this area of law, and familiarity with the local court where my case was heard. He made sure he got me every advantage available to me (got case into most favorable department, etc...) In fact, Mr. Phillips was able to return to court after my probation term had commenced, update the court on my progress, and ultimately get the court to agree to even more favorable terms for me. His outstanding representation has allowed me to focus on what is important - moving forward with my life. During the entire process he made himself available to answer any questions I had, even getting back to me via e-mail over the weekend when something unexpected came up. I was billed a flat-fee for all activity on my case (initial review/meeting, filings, appearances), and I believe it was money well-spent. Mr. Phillips aggressively advocates on his clients' behalf, and I would highly recommend him if you need representation for a DUI.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
Best Attorney In CA
Michael is amazing! He helped me from getting my license suspended after a few speeding tickets and a reckless driving charge. He is quick, responsive, and affordable. I highly recommend him!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • C.A.R. Law, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Todd A. Langren, PLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing & Trial Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Myles L. Berman
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate
  • The Ticket Clinic, APLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Michael S. Phillips, PC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • B.S.
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Guy
  • Acquitted
  • Beverly
  • No jail on ugly felony w/GBI
  • Leo
  • all charges dismissed
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Newport Harbor Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Criminal Law Certification
  • Whittier College of Law
  • 2008
  • CALI
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Breathe Easy Informational Luncheon
  • DUI insurance expense mitigation
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (14)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected and attorney that fights for the best result possible with his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is highly knowledgeable. I recommend him, without any reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"6 years as an attorney with a short stint at the District Attorneys office is very experienced considering DUI law is his calling. Knowledge of the law and procedure is Michael's calling and is evident in his pro bono contributions here. His positive reputation is growing with the courts and his peers judging by the fine endorsements he has received. His sole review is stellar and there will be many more to come. READ IT! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him ASAP."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a passionate advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I see Mr. Phillips regularly at the Orange County courthouses. I am very impressed with his DUI-related knowledge, particularly in the area of motion practice. On more than one occasion, I have sought his opinion regarding the cases of my own clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike has an encyclopedic knowledge DUI laws, regulations and cases. You would be hard pressed to find a better DUI advocate in Orange County."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
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