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James M. Phillippi

Mr. Phillippi earned his juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1981 and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Phillippi worked a number of years in the building industry and one year with Los Angeles Congressman Thomas Rees.

Mr. Phillippi has specialized in real estate, construction, and banking law since 1981. He is a Director with the firm and founded its real estate and construction department. His practice covers a wide range of real estate issues, including land use and zoning matters, construction disputes, and all forms of real estate transactions. His practice also includes a multitude of business and lending arrangements between developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects, engineers, brokers, lenders, and others in the real estate industry. As a result, his practice involves formation of and advice to a variety of business organizations, including corporations, general partnerships, and joint ventures.

In addition to the California State Bar, Mr. Phillippi is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and admitted to practice before each of the federal district courts in California. He is a member of the Commercial and Construction and Large and Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association, a former member of the State Bar Condominium and Cooperative Housing Committee, an affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, where he formerly served as its lead counsel. He is a member of the Claims Committee of Terafirma RRG, LLC, a nonprofit risk retention group that insures its land trust members against the costs of upholding conservation easements and fee lands held for conservation purposes when they have been violated or are under legal attack. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

Areas of Practice

  • Real estate law
  • Construction law
  • Commercial and real estate lending
  • Alternative dispute resolution
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