Florence Sinay Phillips

Florence Sinay Phillips specializes in Family Law cases. Ms. Phillips is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law. She has been in practice in the State of California since 1974. Ms. Phillips has been continuously recognized every year since 2007 as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for her work in the field of Family Law.

Ms. Phillips has extensive experience in all phases of divorce and parental rights, including asset discovery, property division, spousal support, child custody and child support, as well as premarital agreements, and post judgment modifications and enforcement. A noteworthy portion of Ms. Phillips’ specialty is in international cases. Her clients’ issues often span many different countries and continents, such as Japan, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Asia, Europe and South America. Ms. Phillips is conversant in Mandarin. Her specialty is in complex, high asset and vigorously litigated cases. However, she has also helped many clients move towards settlement without trial, and has herself served as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem for settlement conferences. Additionally, Ms. Phillips serves as a forensic expert in the field of jurisdictional issues and attorneys’ standard of care.

Ms. Phillips was born in Taipei and raised in New York City. She attended New York University and the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Sociology in 1971. She was elected to Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science Honor Society) upon graduation. She received her Juris Doctor degree from U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1974, where she participated in the Moot Court Honors program. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1974, and in the same year, was admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Phillips was one of ten attorneys nationwide to be selected immediately after law school to serve in the General Counsel’s office for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the Civil Rights and Litigation Section in Washington D.C. She was a criminal defense trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office, taking dozens of cases to jury verdict. She was also on the California Court of Appeal, Second District’s panel of criminal appellate attorneys, and was a civil litigator in cases spanning personal injury to real estate to entertainment law with several L.A. firms prior to moving to the Bay area in 1997.

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