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Kathleen M. Phillips

Child custody Attorney at Tulare, CA

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Phillips Law

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
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Kathleen graduated from San Joaquin College of Law with High Honors. While attending law school, Kathleen was the recipient of Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Civil Trial Practice, Employment Law, Wills and Trusts, and Real Property.

Kathleen was the recipient of the Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Memorial Scholarship in 2008, recognizing women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service in the community, chaired by Fresno County Women Lawyers.


Kathleen served as the Editor-in-Chief of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review in in 2008-2009.


Prior to serving as Editor-in-Chief, Kathleen was published by the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review in 2008 for her Comment "Honeybee Nice to Your Neighbors: Solutions to the Dispute Between Beekeepers and Citrus Growers in California's San Joaquin Valley." (17 S.J. Agric. L. Rev. 227.)

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Kathleen M. Phillips
253 N "L" St
Tulare, CA, 93274


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Posted by Fausto | June 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathleen Phillips I'm Grateful
My wife and her ex had agreed to have her son come back to her when she settled back into Florida. In 2020 when Covid hit he saw that he started to get stimulus checks for the boy and refused to return him in addition to hitting her up for child support. At one point, after multiple hearings on our own, we realized we needed a lawyer. We found Kathleen Phillips. Her and her team immediately took all our information, the facts and got to work. They handled everything. Kathleen had a plan and executed it perfectly! In front of us, because we had to fly to California for the hearing. I'm happy to say that I've asked my wife to write this review for weeks but she's been too busy with her son. So, I took it upon myself to write it because Kathleen Phillips was a Godsend to us. We would Highly Recommend her to anyone in need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Denise | December 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tough, sensible litigator
I hired Kathleen in 2015 and have used her services for all my family law matters since then. Kathleen is professional, sharp, a tough negotiator, and sensible with her legal strategies. She genuinely cares for her clients and fights for their best interest. I highly recommend Kathleen Phillips and her team, and am incredibly grateful to have her on my side.
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Posted by Candy | July 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Phillips Law
A friend referred me to Phillips Law after telling her how I've hired 2 different law offices in the past 8 years to represent me for my custody battle and got no where. After retaining Ms. Phillips she was straight forward with me and told me the honest truth. After 8 years and thousands of dollars down the drain I got no where until Ms. Phillips got involved. She got done what no one else could and I can say I greatly appreciate her. I wish she would of been the first lawyer I hired and saved me alot of trouble. I highly recommend her and would send further client's her way because she does not back down and fights for her clients
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Posted by lupe | January 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!! and Worth It
If anyone is looking for a Shark as an attorney Kathleen Philips is the one you really need. She is upfront and does not give you the round around. I am so grateful for your passion, dedication, and professionalism. I’m so glad we found you, you are truly the best. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing work you did on my son’s behalf on his child custody. And putting up with us. I wanted to thank you and your staff for the excellent work you and everyone has done. Standing by our side words can’t express what you achieved and the determination. We will highly recommend you !!!!
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Posted by Chrstina | August 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Kathleen Phillips, Phillips Munoz Law. She was highly professional, very focused on details, very responsive with communication, and dedicated to helping clients . I will recommend her to friends and family who need help. Thank you, Kathleen, for all you have done for me in my time of need. Outstanding attorney!!
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Posted by Brandy | July 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing, compassionate, truthfull
She, helped me through what i thpuggt was going to be a nightmare with out blinking an eye! Shes amazing!
Posted by Andrew | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!!
She exceeded our expectations! I went from having almost nothing to joint legal and physical custody in 3 months. I couldn't be any happier. Kathleen is definitely the best choice for a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Kathleen Phillips as my lawyer at the end of 2011 as my attorney representing me in my divorce. She has represented me in court through numerous issues including child custody over the past several years. She has compassion for people and puts her heart and soul into her work. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2015
Worth her weight in gold
Want to know the true test of what distinguishes a good attorney from a great one? Watch them in the courtroom. After releasing my first abhorrent attorney, I desperately searched high and low for an attorney who didn't just 'talk the talk' , but could also "walk the walk" It was then that I stumbled upon Kathleen. And my God, was it the best discovery I ever made. I can genuinely say that she has forever changed my daughter and I's life in a way I can't even begin to thank her for. When Kathleen took on my case, I was convinced it was 'cursed'. No matter what crazy stunt or ridiculous shenanigans my ex did, he continued to get his way in Court. This left me discouraged, and hopeless. It wasn't until we went to Court and I watched Kathleen work her magic that I realized what a true Godsend she really was. To say that Kathleen is an incredibly well-spoken, ardently passionate, and exceptionally skillful attorney is not doing her justice, because she's much more than that. She possesses superior legal knowledge, and presents it in a way that leaves the other side lost for words. Every argument she made in Court was so compelling, that I felt truly SAFE that the Judge would side with us. After 11 months of grueling continuances and litigation, Kathleen not only won my case, she got my life back. For the first time in almost a year, I feel I can finally breathe. And that's all thanks to Kathleen.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2015
Took a mess and made it a success!
Kathleen confidently took my case and from day one made it a success. My prior attorney who was a self-proclaimed "family law specialist" messed up procedurally and my case was nothing but a mess. Not only was she able to fix the procedural issues with my case but we were able to secure supervised visits. Kathleen's documents are concise and exactly on point, and her verbal and written communication with clients, opposing counsel and the court are superb. Kathleen thinks logically and is quick on her feet. Kathleen always cared about what was in the best interest of my children and I. If family or friends ask for a strong attorney that will win a case, I would recommend her without a doubt. When working with Kathleen trust you are in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2015
A true zealous advocate for her clients
I have heard of people who are able to command an entire room with just their presence, but I have only seen it hold true in practice once: and that’s with Kathleen. While I can’t fully put in words just how highly I think of her, I can wholeheartedly say she has been my source of strength and inspiration to keep fighting. I am involved in a nasty custody battle that can only be compared to the atrocities of World War 3, and even though I am a woman myself I had great apprehension about hiring a female attorney to represent me. Let me just say that happenstance was in my favor when she was introduced to me. Most attorneys who possess favorable strong traits, lack in others, but not Kathleen. She embodies a perfect equilibrium of assertiveness and strength coupled with fervent benevolence. She can completely command a room with her exceptional legal knowledge, razor-sharp wit, and impressive ability to quickly get to the bottom of the issues at heart. She is dedicated, incredibly knowledgeable, and fights zealously for her clients. I am forever grateful for what she has done for my family, and I highly, highly recommend her.
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Posted by Billie | April 21, 2015
Awesome lawyer
I highly recommend Kathleen she is one of the best attorneys who helped my brother out with one of the most difficult situations ever. And we couldn't be more thankful for her help. It was a pleasure meeting her. We appreciate everything she has done for us. I highly recommend her
Posted by Lance | December 20, 2014
Ms. Phillips changed my life
I was going through a nasty divorce and child custody battle with my ex. I tried to do it on my own at first but quickly found out there would be no way. Ms. Phillips helped me go from 5 hour supervised visits once a month to 50/50 custody with week on week off time with my son. She negotiated with the child support attorney to modify the child support calculation. Attributed full time work adjustment to her and cutting the support amount to less than half originally ordered. Not only that but got the court to not allow any spousal support and she owes me money!! Ms. Phillips is very knowledgeable and always prepared. She always updated me on the case and explained all the real options that were available to me and was always professional in court. I highly recommend Ms. Phillips and will do so to everyone who is looking to hire an attorney.
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Posted by Donna | April 6, 2010
Professional and Impressive
I hired Ms. Phillips to represent me in a wrongful termination case. She does not pull any punches. She is very knowledgeable about the law in employment cases and she does not back down from other lawyers. One of the things that most impressed me was how professional she remained in a deposition where the other attorney was out of control. Ms. Phillips worked tirelessly for me and I highly recommend her. I almost hired an older lawyer, but I'm glad I went with my gut because Ms. Phillips was an excellent choice. She does not drag a case out forever and she has continuously updated me on any pending matters. I am currently having her draft my estate plan as well. You can tell when you meet her that Ms. Phillips is a leader. She is an advocate for her client and when we went to court, she was always prepared and had researched any issues at length. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Colleen | April 6, 2010
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I found Mrs Phillips to be an excellent choice for an attorney, She was most capable and and the outcome of my case was successful. I highly recommend her services.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Phillips Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Fitzgerald, Lundberg & Romig
  • 2006 - 2009


  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • Juris Doctor with High Honors
  • 2009


  • Tulare County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2007 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • 2009 - 2013
  • San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Trial Practice
  • The Witkin Legal Institute
  • N/A
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Real Property
  • The Witkin Legal Institute
  • N/A
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Law
  • The Witkin Legal Institute
  • N/A
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Wills and Trusts
  • The Witkin Legal Institute
  • N/A
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  • San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review
  • Honeybee Nice to Your Neighbors: Solutions to the Dispute between Beekeepers and Citrus Growers in California's San Joaquin Valley
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (15)
Endorse Kathleen
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly recommend Kathleen. She is a true advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mrs. Phillips-Vieira in the past and she has always provided high quality legal services. She is excellent at legal research and writing."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is an absolute beast in the courtroom. She is hardworking, dedicated and driven. I would work with Katie on any case at any time. You rock!"
Litigation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for both family law and litigation. She is the first person who comes to mind when I need a referral for the Tulare and Kings County area-she's incredibly bright, quick-witted, direct, and competent. Ms. Phillips truly cares about her clients and works tirelessly to advocate for them. Her passion for helping people combined with her extensive legal experience makes her an all-around excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"“I have known Kathleen for better than 10 years and know her to be a true advocate for her clients. She is very easy going and down to earth. This demeanor, however, cannot completely hide the fact that she is a fierce advocate for her clients, and her results speak volumes. She works diligently to prepare her cases for trial and is willing to zealously fight for everything her client deserves. She is not intimidated by the size of the corporation she is suing, or the size of the law firm that is defending the case. She and I associate on select cases and I am very impressed with her dedication to her/our clients. She is a great communicator and excellent attorney. The clients I refer to her are instantly placed in good hands. She is the first person I think of when I get a case larger than I can handle on my own. She gives her clients her all and gets great results and is well respected. She is an excellent attorney with the highest standards of advocacy and ethics. I endorse her."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mrs. Phillips-Vieira in the past and she has always provided high quality legal services."
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