305 Railroad Ave Suite 5 Nevada City, CA. (530)265-0186

Who We Are

Phillips Law Offices. Fewer Lawyers, Better Service. A small local personal injury law firm offering exceptional personal service not found in larger 'big city' law firms. Practicing in Nevada County, Placer County and the Gold Country. With a focus on nursing home neglect and elder abuse, we help families in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Truckee, Roseville and Rocklin.


 At the Phillips Law Offices we represent real people, not claim numbers. And unlike some firms that represent both insurance companies and individuals, we represent only individuals and families. That's because we believe in keeping insurance companies honest.

My name is Michael Phillips and in my 25 years as a courtroom lawyer I have dedicated my career to fighting for fairness and justice for real people, not corporations or the government. I am very proud of that fact.

Phillips Law Offices is a small trial litigation law firm that represents individuals and families throughout Nevada County, Placer County and surrounding communities. Because we are a small litigation law firm, we take only a select number of cases at any one time. The reason we limit the number of cases is so we can strive to provide unparalleled personal service. That's why we say, " Big City Experience, Small Town Service".

It was Clarence Darrow that said, “Real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trail lawyers, try cases to juries!”.  If you have been hurt because of no fault of your own, you need a lawyer that has real experience in the courtroom. I have that experience. After a judicial clerkship for a trial judge, I have tried over 75 jury trials to verdict and countless judge trials. The Constitution’s guarantee of the right to trial by jury- is one of our most important rights.

Our philosophy is simple: as good citizens, we take personal responsibility for our actions in our daily lives, and we recognize our duty to hold ourselves responsible for any harm our actions may cause our neighbors. Unfortunately, when someone is seriously hurt because of no fault of their own, often times they find large insurance companies put profits ahead of their responsibility to the people they insure, who have in good faith paid premiums to cover their negligent actions. When this happens we are here to help.

When a family member has suffered serious injury or even death, because of another’s reckless behavior or negligence, justice demands that large corporations, insurance companies and individuals be held fully accountable. When insurance companies offer ‘low ball’ settlements, reduce the claim or even deny any coverage, feel free to call us and we will give you an honest appraisal of the matter and explain your options. No ‘legalese’- just plain talk. Also, we know how important a ‘good fit’ is and if we are not the best attorney for you, we will do our utmost to refer you to the person who is.

We handle a variety of personal injury cases with a focus on nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Feel free to call me with any questions you may have at 530-265-0186.




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At the Phillips Law Offices we know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your options and to answer any questions you may have.

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Michael Phillips




Juris Doctor, 1987

B.A., Political Science, 1984

Activities & Affiliations

• American Association of Justice, Member
• Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
• The National Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• California, Washington, Federal District Court