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, CA 91361
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Firm Size: 2 attorneys
Firm Established: 2006
Strategy, preparation, and research are the cornerstones of the Law Office of Carolyn C. Phillips. Our dedicated and committed attorneys take the facts specific to your case and apply them to the law enabling us to determine the best and most cost-efficient strategy for your case. General civil, real estate, contract, business, and criminal law practice. All types of disputes, including but not limited to real estate related matters, contract disputes, construction litigation, business, commercial, and criminal law. Admitted to practice in California and Federal Courts. Serving all courts in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.
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Carolyn C. Phillips is a professional, yet aggressive, attorney who takes the time to listen to you, to gather the facts concerning your case, and to help you determine the best legal strategy for your case. By intimately understanding the facts of your case, your needs, and your goals, Ms. Phillips becomes an outstanding and knowledgeable advocate for you. Ms. Phillips has a wealth of courtroom experience and is ready and willing to go to trial for you, if your case cannot be resolved through mediation or alternative dispute resolution.
Federal Admission: Yes
State Bar Admission: CA 2003;KS 2001
Education: J.D. , Pepperdine School of Law, 2001;B.A. English, UCLA, 1998
Other Education: National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Intensive Professional Training Program in Trial Skills, LA - Jan. 2013; National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)- Trial Practice Institute, Macon, GA (2007); National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) - Intensive Professional Training Program in Deposition Skills, LA - 2004; Missouri Public Defender Training - 2002.
Member: American Inns of Court fostering excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills; Los Angeles Count
Practice Areas: Business/Commercial Law, Civil Law, Construction Litigation, Consumer Fraud, Contract Law, Credit/Collections, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Driving While Intoxicated (DUI), Foreclosure, Insurance Litigation, Juvenile Crimes, Landlord and Tenant, Lemon Law, Licensing Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Ms. Phillips is a graduate of University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine School of Law. During law school, Ms. Phillips worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney in criminal prosecution where she was able to study and learn the motivations and legal strategies of criminal prosecutors. After becoming a licensed attorney, Ms. Phillips began her law career as a public defender where she had an outstanding record of 30 percent of cases dismissed after preliminary hearing. Ms. Phillips then began working in the civil arena where she gained a wealth of experience in civil litigation relating to business law and contracts, personal injury, and real estate related matters. Ms. Phillips has trial experience in criminal defense, personal injury, real estate transactions, fraud, and breach of contract. However, she is also an advocate of trying to settle disputes without trial using mediation and arbitration which is less costly, less time consuming, and less stressful to you, the client.
Construction Contractor Dispute
Area of Law: Construction Litigation
Case Date: 01/01/2015
State Filed: California
Settlement: Successful at Trial
This case involved a multiple-unit residential fixer-upper project where our client, Mr. M, agreed to put up the money and the contractor agreed to do the construction work. The contractor did not contribute any of his own money to the project and all construction materials and labor were paid for by Mr. M. The agreement was that when the job was completed, the two would sell the renovated property and split the profits.
The contractor estimated the job would take six months and cost around $115,000. The project ended up taking about 18 months and cost about $162,000. This money was paid directly to the contractor by Mr. M. By the time the job was done, there was no equity in the house for the two “partners” to split. In fact, had they sold the property at the time it was completed, Mr. M and the contractor would have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars just to close escrow.
Since the two could not sell the property because there was no equity to split, Mr. M offered to pay the contractor, $52,000 more to settle the matter, but this was not acceptable to the unlicensed contractor. The contractor then sued Mr. M for breach of contract, declaratory relief, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of good faith and fair dealing alleging they were partners or joint venturers and that Barry had breached his fiduciary duty to the contractor. The contractor sought over $550,000 as his share of the property which was valued at $325,000 and because he wanted to be paid for his construction services. The contractor also sought punitive damages against Mr. M.