Phillips Law Offices, A Professional Corporation
Jim is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since inception of State Certification program in 1990.
AV Rated: Achieved the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, and included in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers annually since 1995.
Super Lawyers: Awarded Northern California Super Lawyers since 2005.
Education: Golden Gate University of Law (Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation, 1988. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, University of California (Juris Doctor, 1980; First Place, 1979 David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition - Best Written Brief); University of California at Davis (Bachelor of Science in Human Development, with high honors, 1976); Castro Valley High School (1972).
Professional Memberships: 1991-1992 Member of the Executive Committee of California State Bar's Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. 1990 President of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association. Former member of the Executive Committee of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section of the Alameda County Bar Association. Former director of the Estate Planning Council of the East Bay. Member of Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section and Taxation Section of the State Bar of California and current director of Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council.
Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce Director since 2019. Member CV Rotary.
Castro Valley Sports Foundation Hall of Fame as Coach/Founder of Castro Valley Track Club.
- Trust and Estate Law
- Estate & Tax Planning
- Probate Court Matters
- Trust Administration & Non-Probate Matters
- Special Needs and Elder Law