Phil is a corporate attorney who specializes in complex mergers and acquisitions, and currently chairs the firm’s Commercial Department. In the latter role, Phil takes pride in assisting with the career development of junior attorneys and managing toward a truly diverse work force.
Over his career, Phil has developed deep knowledge of the insurance industry and advised clients in variety of other industries. A partial industry list would include insurance, energy, construction and engineering, financial services, wine, technology, hospitality, newspaper, and gaming. His work has addressed every facet of business law, including acquisitions, financings, executive compensation, antitrust, governance, and nonprofit work. Phil regularly works on complex shareholder, partnership and operating agreements. He enjoys identifying the differing interests and finding the common interests among owners. The depth and breadth of his experience makes him an exceptionally knowledgeable, effective advisor to his clients.
Of particular value is the focused manner in which he works, whether as a strategist, counselor, or negotiator. He identifies a limited number of key points that are critical to his clients, focuses on them, and avoids devoting time, effort, and client expense to secondary issues. He applies his expertise in a calm, clear, highly focused manner, and avoids over-lawyering, negotiating boilerplate, and unproductive distractions. Phil has represented many of his clients for over 30 years and has been told he’s unlike any corporate attorney they’ve ever worked with. Upon completing his last major transaction, opposing counsel, a senior partner at an elite Wall Street firm, commented:
“It’s always a pleasure to work with lawyers who understand that a client is best served by a lawyer who doesn’t put his own interest in scoring meaningless points ahead of his client’s interest in effecting a commercial deal. I’ve done this for a lot of years and find it depressing how few lawyers understand this very basic point.”
Thanks to Phil’s unique approach, his clients achieve their business objectives with a minimum of contention, duplicative effort, or unnecessary expense. Additionally, he is able to staff his projects leanly—typically, a merger involving hundreds of millions of dollars will require no more than two associates.
- Northern California Super Lawyers.
Memberships and Affiliations
- California liaison to the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association
- Former co-chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association