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Ben Phillips

Family Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as John Benedict Phillips

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ben

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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.

Location

Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP
24 Corporate Plaza Drive
Second Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Reviews

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Posted by Caroline | December 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben Phillips Outstanding Attorney
Ben Phillips is an outstanding attorney. Having Ben as my attorney was one of the best choices I made during a very challenging time. He came highly recommended to me, and I will always be grateful for those recommendations. Going through a divorce can be emotionally draining. However, with Ben as my attorney handling everything superbly, I was able to focus on being a mom to my 3 children. The moment Ben became my attorney, things started to quickly line up and shift in the right direction. It was a very complex financial case with a very litigious husband of high net worth who was hiding assets. Ben is extremely intelligent, quick-minded, and organized. He is highly respected by judges and peers alike. Litigation comes naturally to Ben as he is extremely eloquent and well-versed in the law. He is an excellent litigator. His perfectionism shows in his work, and his staff are all top notch as well. I am and will always be truly grateful for all that Ben has done for me as my attorney. I highly recommend Ben Phillips.
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Posted by Doug | November 1, 2013
Absolutely the "Best Attorney"
I had to endure a three year divorce process and learned a lot from it. First and mainly, I should have retained John "Ben" Phillips first off. I had three attorneys prior to retaining Ben and if you combined all three prior attorneys as a team, they could even come close to Ben's expertise in family law matters. The difference between an attorney and a great attorney is a great attorney can get the job done quickly. Ben is highly organized and he knows the law regarding divorce, child custody and all other aspects of family law. Ben is a great negotiator as well as a great listener. His handling of the division of community assets and child custody issues in my divorce case left me great satisfaction. My retirement funds were a huge concern of mine and through Ben's negotiating skills, provided me with more than favorable results. No one likes to go through a messy, complicated and emotional divorce. From my experience, I can tell you do not throw money away by just hiring an attorney(s). Retain the best attorney possible you can from the get-go who will work and fight for you with professionalism. I highly recommend Ben Phillips as absolutely the best family law attorney out there. Before my divorce I did know Ben but now I consider him a friend.
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Posted by Christine | December 4, 2011
Excellent lawyer
If you are looking for an attorney who is extremely smart, competent, effective, fair in billing, and empathic to your situation, then Ben is a great choice for your attorney. My divorce was complicated and my ex wanted to fight. Ben was able to keep the focus on the facts and keep track of the vast quantities of paper and rabbit trails that the other side created. He was quite organized and retained the relevant information such that when we finally did get to court, he knew exactly where to go to get the pertinent information/numbers. He did not allow the other side to "bully" me, which in fact they tried. I highly recommend Ben as an excellent lawyer who can handle just about anyone. By the way, don't be misled by his nice smile, young appearance and 6 years in practice... He is smart and he is a fighter!
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Posted by Chad | August 29, 2011
The Best Of the Best!
“Because of Ben's expert advice, forethought and planning, I can say that I have shared in the most important moments of my son's life. I started out without any visitation agreement for my son. I went through over a dozen ex parte notices during a nasty divorce. At the end of the day I ended up with 50/50 custody and my son is attending the school of my choice. Ben was an attorney and a friend. Always taking the high road and always having a plan. From the start to the end Ben took every one of my many calls and always managed to make me feel like my case was at the top of his list and front of his mind. I am grateful for what Ben has done for my family.”
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2011
Excellent Attorney
Ben Phillips is the finest attorney I have ever known. My marital dissolution was financially very complex with substantial assets at issue. He successfully managed the process, including a 4 day trial. He is professional, responsive, intelligent, articulate and, most of all, kind and compassionate. Words cannot express my gratitute to him, as well as Gerry Phillips, for all that was done for me.
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Posted by Connie | August 10, 2011
J. Benedict "Ben" Phillips, one of the best divorce attorneys in Orange County
Divorce is never easy. Mine was very complex. Having been married for 42 years and acquiring several businesses (both in and out of state) and a long list of assets, the research of appropriate documents required many hours and the ability to keep everything organized. Ben was always 10 steps ahead of my thoughts; he knew where to go and how to quickly access all documents. He is not only knowledgeable, efficient, extremely organized, always responsive in a timely manner, he is also kind and considerate. As a negotiator, Ben is competent and tough. He always came prepared to all meetings with documents available in a moments notice. I was always grateful that he sat on my side of the table. My divorce is finalized but I will forever consider Ben Phillips my friend. In my opinion, he is the best divorce attorney in So Calif.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP
  • 2005 - 2013

Education

  • Chapman Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

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

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Robert Banyard Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Director
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Attorneys in Orange County
  • Orange Coast Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys in Southern California
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys In Southern California Rising Stars
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys In Orange County Rising Stars
  • Orange Coast Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys In Southern California Rising Stars
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • OC Register METRO Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys Rising Stars
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Section Meeting
  • Status-Only Judgments and the Family Code §2337 Conditions
  • 2016
  • Family Law Practicum
  • Initial Requests for Orders
  • 2015
  • Family Law Practicum
  • Post-Judgment Modification of Orders
  • 2014
  • Law School Guest Lecturer
  • Community Property
  • 2013
  • Law School Guest Lecturer
  • Surrogacy and Reproductive Rights
  • 2012
  • Custody Litigation the Old Fashioned Way
  • Child Custody
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (14)
Endorse Ben
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is truly a rising star among the ranks of family law attorneys. Groomed and trained by the best, he is bright, professional and highly respected among the bench and bar. It is a pleasure to rub shoulders with such an attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is a great attorney, and perhaps more importantly, a great person. He is smart, eloquent, and ethical and is an asset to the OC family law community."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Other
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an outstanding Lawyer who is very deserving of his 10.0 Avvo rating . He goes the extra mile for his clients , and achieves outstanding results . Ben is held in the highest regard by his peers ."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is very professional and knowledgeable in family law. He cares about his clients and represents him to his best ability."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His willingness to contribute to the AVVO community along with the substance of those contributions displays an attorney that is ready, willing and able to zealously advocate for his clients. I wouldn't think twice about referring a potential client to Ms. Phillips."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked across the table on a couple of cases with Ben over the years. He has always been a straight shooter and tries to resolve the matter without litigation if possible. Currently we have a matter that had to go to trial. Ben is a very good trial attorney skilled with his cases."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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