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Stacy D. Phillips, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is a partner at Blank Rome LLP in the Los Angeles office. She is the author of the book Divorce: It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, now in its seventh printing. As a staunch supporter of victims’ rights, Ms. Phillips assisted in the drafting of Senate Bill 924 (codified in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.15), which extended the statute of limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil court.


Ms. Phillips represents business executives, entrepreneurs, sports, entertainment, political and religious figures, and other high net worth individuals. Former clients of the firm have included Darcy LaPier (former wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme), Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Brown (former husband of Whitney Houston), Erin Everly (former wife of Guns 'n Roses' Axl Rose), Toni Taupin (former wife of lyricist Bernie Taupin), Corina Villaraigosa (former wife of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), Charlie Shanian (former husband of Tori Spelling), Jonathan Kaufer (former husband of Pia Zadora), Dean Sheremet (former husband of LeAnn Rimes), and Kelly Rutherford, to name but a few. In 2008, she also represented the Conservators with regard to Britney Spears' family law matters. 


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  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce: 50%

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women Making a Difference "Volunteer of the Year"Los Angeles Business Journal2014
Top Divorce Law FirmLaws.com2013
"Women Leaders in the Law"The Recorder2012
Power Philanthropist AwardStarcare2010
Family Law Attorney of the Year AwardCentury City Bar Association2009
Jurisprudence AwardAnti-Defamation League2009
Griffin Bell Community Service AwardLACBA Center for Civic Mediation on behalf of the firm2009
Spirit of Hope AwardTower Cancer Research Foundation2008
“Best of the Bar”Los Angeles Business Journal2007
Certificate of CommendationCouncilman Jack Weiss2006
Certificate of CommendationCity of Los Angeles2006
Certificate of CommendationMayor Antonio Villaraigosa2006
Women of Achievement AwardAMIT2005
Women to Watch AwardJewish Women International2005
Women of Accomplishment AwardCentury City Chamber of Commerce2002
Women Who Make a Difference AwardLos Angeles Business Journal2001
Women of Accomplishment AwardB’nai Zion Foundation2001
Patricia A. McClure AwardAsthma & Allergy Foundation2001
Women of Action AwardIsrael Cancer Research Fund2000
"50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law"Los Angeles Daily Journal1998
“Top 20 Lawyers in Los Angeles Under the Age of 40”Daily Journal1998
"Best Lawyers in America", 2003 - PresentBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
“Top 100” Southern California Lawyers, 2006 - PresentSuper LawyersN/A
“Top 50 Women” Southern California Lawyers, 2005 - PresentSuper LawyersN/A
"Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law", 2009 - 2012, 2014Los Angeles TimesN/A
“Southern California Super Lawyers”, 2004 - PresentSuper LawyersN/A
“500 Leading Lawyers in America”, 2006 - PresentLawdragonN/A
“50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law”Los Angeles Business JournalN/A
AV® Preeminent™, 1991 - PresentMartindale-HubbellN/A
Southern California’s Best Lawyers, 2007 - PresentLos Angeles TimesN/A
“Top 10” Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009-2011, 2013-2014Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PrincipalPhillips Lerner, A Law Corporation1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsMemberN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Family Law Section Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Family Law Section Los Angeles Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Family Law Section American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Super Lawyers Advisory BoardAdvisory BoardN/A
Chancery Club of Los AngelesMemberN/A
International Women’s ForumMemberN/A
The TrusteeshipMemberN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Dartmouth CollegeHistory and ReligionBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women Lawyers Association of Los AngelesMarketing Me: Building Your Book of Business by Developing YOUR Personal Brand2013
Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning CouncilFamily Law and Estate Planning Issues: The Five Most Common Mistakes Made by Estate Planning/Probate Attorneys Related to Family Law Issues [With a Primer on McCourt]2012
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionWarner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council2011
STARCARE’s Fifth Annual Women of Power LuncheonMoney Matters: The Importance of Protecting Your Resources Before, During and After a Relationship2010
Pearls of WisdomSurviving a Split: The Top 10 Issues to Consider When Facing a Divorce2010
Levitt & Quinn Family Law CenterThe Impact of the State’s Financial Crisis on Our Court System2010
Jewish Community Foundation of Los AngelesTips Re: How Not to Fall into the Family Law Abyss: The Top Five Mistakes Estate Planning/Probate Attorneys Make Related to Family Law Issues2010
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) California Chapter Annual ConferenceCalifornia Courts in Crisis: The Impact of the Lack of Court Funding on Our Judicial System and State Economy2010
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - 50th Anniversary ConventionThe Legal Dispute: What’s Control Got to Do with It? Everything!2009
Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) Annual ConferenceNegotiating in the Female Voice: What Can We Learn from Our Women Colleagues2009
Business Forum InternationalDivorce and Control Issues2007
West Legal Works ConferenceManaging Existing Client Relationships” and “Who Knows You Are Out There? Using Promotions and Communications to Raise Your Profile2006
West Legal Works ConferenceYour Future as a Rainmaker: Marketing Boot Camp for Lawyers2006
The Seminar GroupRelationship Agreements (cohabitation, new domestic partnership laws and alternative dispute resolution)2005
L.A. County Bar AssociationEffective Representation of Family Law Clients in Mediation2005
City National BankDivorce Hollywood Style: Avoiding Common Pitfalls2005
Findlaw Business Development ConferenceWhy These Firms Are Best of Breed2004