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My name is Michael Phillips and in my 25 years as a courtroom lawyer I have dedicated my career to fighting for fairness and justice for the ‘little guy’. I am very proud of the fact that I have always represented families and individuals, never big insurance companies or the government. It was Clarence Darrow that said, “Real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trail lawyers, try cases to juries!”.  If you have been hurt because of no fault of your own or face criminal charges, you need a lawyer that has real experience in the courtroom. I have that experience. After a judicial clerkship for a trial judge, I have tried over 75 jury trials to verdict and countless judge trials. The Constitution’s guarantee of the right to trial by jury- is one of our most important rights. Phillips Law Offices is a boutique trial litigation law firm that represents individuals and families throughout Nevada County, Placer County and surrounding communities. Because we are a small litigation law firm, we take only a select number of cases at any one time. The reason we limit the number of cases is so we can strive to provide unparalleled personal service.


Criminal Defense: At the core, if the “Rule of Law” means anything, it means that every citizen has the right to be protected against the government by the Constitution and the laws of the state. Clients are human after all and are good people, most of whom have never been arrested before and they deserve to be treated fairly regardless of what happened. I am in court almost every day fighting for our clients to see that they are treated fairly and to assure that justice is on their side. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to have an attorney who will tell their story with passion and conviction. I believe, persuasive and effective courtroom results are the result of sensitivity to uniqueness of each case, human experiences and bringing them into the courtroom using carefully-drawn legal strategies.


Personal Injury: Our philosophy is simple: as good citizens, we take personal responsibility for our actions in our daily lives, and we recognize our duty to hold ourselves responsible for any harm our actions may cause our neighbors. Unfortunately, when someone is seriously hurt because of no fault of their own, often times they find large insurance companies put profits ahead of their responsibility to the people they insure, who have in good faith paid premiums to cover their negligent actions. When this happens we are here to help.


When a family member has suffered serious injury or even death, because of another’s reckless behavior or negligence, justice demands that large corporations, insurance companies and individuals be held fully accountable. When insurance companies offer ‘low ball’ settlements, reduce the claim or even deny any coverage, feel free to call us and we will give you an honest appraisal of the matter and explain your options. No ‘legalese’- just plain talk. Also, we know how important a ‘good fit’ is and if we are not the best attorney for you, we will do our utmost to refer you to the person who is.


We handle all types of personal injury cases with a focus on vehicle injury and elder abuse. Feel free to call me with any questions you may have at 530-265-0186.


Warm regards,


Michael Phillips







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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 20%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    24 years
  3. Nursing Home Abuse: 20%
    19 years
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    19 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Leigh Gretchen Fleming

    Michael is an experienced, highly skilled, attorney who I have seen gracing courtrooms across many counties. He is extremely knowledgable, passionate, and an all-around nice person. I strongly endorse Michael.


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Contact info

Phillips Law Offices

305 Railroad Ave
Suite 5
Nevada City, CA, 95959-2633

The Phillips Law Offices

2408 Professional Dr., Suite 100
Roseville, CA, 95661

Phillips Law Offices

207 Mill Street
Grass Valley, CA, 95945



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Accredited A+Better Business Bureau2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
"SUPERB" Attorney National Attorney Rating System2013
Certificate of CompletionAmerican Association for Justice2013
Certifcate of CompletionConsumer Attorneys of California2013
Certificate of CompletionConsumer Attorneys of California2013
Peer Court MentorNevada County Bar Association2013
Certificate of CompletionConsumer Attorneys of California2012
"SUPERB" Attorney National Attorney Rating System2012
"SUPERB" Attorney National Attorney Rating System2011
Certification of Completion, Winter SessionNational College for DUI Defense2010
Certification of Completion, Summer SessionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Certification, Advanced DUI SeminarNational College for DUI Defense2008
Defending Marijuana DUILorman2007
CertificationNational Associational of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
Certification of Completion, Winter SessionNational College for DUI Defense2007
Certificate of Completion, Advanced DUI SeminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2007
Certification of Completion, Advanced DUI SeminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2007
Certificate of Completion, Advanced DUI SeminarCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2006
Certificate of Completion, Advanced DUI SeminarNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
DelegateCA State Bar Association1998
DelegateCA State Bar Association1997
Past PresidentNevada County Bar Association1996
Delgate & Committee MemberCalifornia Bar Association1995
Best Oral AdvocateSanta Clara Law School1987
Dean's ListCSULB1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalPhillips Law Offices1998 - Present
Public DefenderSnohomish County Defender Association1992 - 1997
Law ClerkJudicial Clerkship1990 - 1992
Law ClerkSixth District Appellate Project1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial Lawyersmember2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to practice2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1997 - Present
Nevada County Bar AssociationPast President1996 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
P v D. K.No Jail or Prison on Felony DUI
P v J.H.Not Guity at Trial
P v M. S.Not Guity at Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American Association of JusticeLitigation/ LawSeminar2013
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaLitigation/ LawSeminar2013
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaLitigationSeminar2012
National College of DUI DefenseDUI ScienceSeminar2010
National College of DUI DefenseDUI ScienceSeminar2009
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, Long BeachPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law DayFourth Amendment, Search and Seizure2014
Law DayKnow Your Legal Rights2013