For more than two decades, the attorneys at Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation have been committed to providing clients with highly personalized and innovative legal representation while serving as leaders in the community. Our professionals have extensive experience handling the most complex disputes via mediation, the settlement process, court proceedings or a combination of all three. Contact our firm today for assistance with any family law issue throughout Southern California.
Stacy D. Phillips, Founder and Managing Principal of Phillips Lerner, is one of the most prominent attorneys working in the field of family law today. A Certified Family Law Specialist under the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Phillips is a recognized expert on the topic of divorce law and the author of the book, Divorce: It's All About Control - How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, now in its sixth printing. In addition, her work has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and the Los Angeles Times, as well as trade publications such as the Daily Journal and California Family Law Monthly. She is regularly invited to share her expertise on both national and international television programs for major networks, including CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX.
A staunch supporter of victims' rights, Ms. Phillips assisted in the drafting of Senate Bill 924 (codified in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.15), which extended the statute of limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil court. She has successfully represented many powerful public figures in high-profile cases, and her numerous honors include the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, Ms. Phillips was named a "Top 10" Southern California Super Lawyer in 2013, and has been included on the list of Daily Journal's "Top Women Lawyers" since its inception. Her charitable work within the community includes establishing the Stacy D. Phillips Endowment Scholarship Fund for underprivileged students from single-parent homes. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, where she graduated cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate at Columbia Law School in New York.
Marc Lerner, Principal at Phillips Lerner, has more than three decades of experience in law and an extensive background in litigation, in addition to his skills as a mediator. Mr. Lerner's multifaceted law experience extends beyond family law, his area of specialty, to include real estate, business, contract and transactional law, all of which serve to broaden his expertise and lend him valuable perspective on clients' cases. Mr. Lerner received an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell and has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2004. One of his most high-profile cases involved a man whose wife concealed her lottery winnings from him prior to seeking a divorce; as a result of this deception, the judge awarded the entirety of her winnings to her ex-husband, Mr. Lerner's client.
In addition to his work in family law, Mr. Lerner helped pass legislation in 2004 for the Business and Professions Code 6450, a set of guidelines intended to define best practices for paralegal conduct. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from USC Law School.
Azita Avedissian is a Principal at Phillips Lerner with nearly two decades of experience exclusively in the field of family law. She focuses on representing high-net-worth individuals in matters of paternity and complex marital dissolution, utilizing both litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution tactics to protect her clients' assets. A fluent speaker of French, Farsi (Persian) and Armenian, Ms. Avedissian has studied law internationally and comes from a multicultural background. She is a member of the California, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Armenian Bar Associations. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Juris Doctorate from the Southwestern University School of Law.
Ram F. Cogan is a Principal at Phillips Lerner with more than 25 years of experience in handling all aspects of family law matters. Mr. Cogan utilizes his background as a business litigator to navigate the intricacies of complex disputes related to divorce and family law. Prior to joining the team at Phillips Lerner, Mr. Cogan served as a Managing Partner at a mid-size litigation firm where he handled cases involving professional liability, complex business disputes, product liability, defamation and wrongful death. He was named on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013, and he is a published author with bimonthly commentaries featured in California Family Law Monthly. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Domestic Violence Project through the court in downtown Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated magna cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law.
Robyn C. Santucci is an Associate Attorney at Phillips Lerner with more than a decade of experience working exclusively in the field of family law, with a special focus on cases involving divorce, domestic violence, and child and spousal support. Prior to joining the team at Phillips Lerner, Ms. Santucci served as an intern for Senator (now Vice President) Joe Biden, in addition to serving as a legal intern for the San Francisco Office of the District Attorney in the domestic violence division. She has been repeatedly featured on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," and is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Sections. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Baylor University and her Master's degree from Loyola College before obtaining her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Dustin J. Sloan is an Associate Attorney at Phillips Lerner. His areas of practice include family law, dissolution of marriage, child custody and spousal and child support. Prior to joining the legal team at Phillips Lerner, Mr. Sloan served as the clerk and research attorney for several notable judges in the Family Law Department at the Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC.) In addition to greatly expanding his knowledge of the particulars of family law, this experience has allowed him to view family law matters from a judge's perspective. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where he worked as an extern for the Honorable Ronald S. Coen and later for the Honorable Scott M. Gordon.
Gerald F. Phillips, Of Counsel at Phillips Lerner, is a veteran attorney with a lauded career and more than 50 years' experience in mediating and arbitrating hundreds of cases. He serves as a mentor to the attorneys at Phillips Lerner, where he offers his seasoned perspective on all family law-related matters. Mr. Phillips is regularly invited to speak or present seminars at industry events, and his work can be read in publications including California Law Business magazine, the Daily Journal and Business Law News of the State Bar of California. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and California and before the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association's Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee. Additionally, Mr. Phillips co-founded the College of Arbitrators and served as president of Dispute Resolution Services. Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law.
Robert W. Eisfelder, Of Counsel at Phillips Lerner, has more than 30 years' experience in the field of family law, with a focus on divorce, support disputes, custody issues, pre/post-nuptial agreements, domestic partnerships, and post-divorce modifications or disputes. He is also a mediator with the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations. Mr. Eisfelder is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from University of California's Hastings College of the Law.
Pauline M. Martin, Of Counsel at Phillips Lerner, has more than 11 years of litigation experience and handles all areas family law, as well as a range of other practice areas including general commercial litigation, employment and partnership disputes, as well as insurance coverage and contract litigation. She was included on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" from 2005-2007. Ms. Martin is proficient in French and fluent in Armenian.