The Phillips GroupĀ 
James M Phillips, Esq.

Mediation and Arbitration
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Curriculum Vitae
James M. Phillips, Esq.

Special Honors and Memberships: 

 •  Order of the Coif and Law Review at the University of  California at Davis School of Law.

     •  Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell.

     •  Co-author of the original ADR Rules for the Fresno County Superior Court.

     •  Member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar Association.

     •  Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and Co-Convener of the San Joaquin Valley Circle of the Association.

     •  Founder of the ADR Section of the Fresno County Bar Association.

  • Chair of the Commercial and Employment Section of the International Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR).
Publications and Teaching:
  • Published numerous articles and lectured widely, including in Europe, about mediation and arbitration to judges, attorneys, businesses, universities and others.
  • Taught in conjunction with the University of California Hastings Law School College of Advocacy, State Bar Association of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar, Pepperdine University School of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution,  California State University at Fresno, and San Joaquin College of Law.
  • Served as a judge pro-tem, special master, referee and early neutral evaluator of cases for the state and federal courts.

Contact information:

James M. Phillips, Esq.
The Phillips Group
1099 East Champlain Avenue,
Suite A, PMB #116
Fresno,  CA  93720
(559) 261-9340 (Phone)
(888) 974-4321 (Fax) (Email)

James M. Phillips, Esq.


Mr. Phillips has been an attorney for more than forty years and a full-time mediator, arbitrator and court referee for over twenty years.   He has conducted over 3,500 mediation, arbitration and referee hearings in all types and sizes of civil cases.

He was formerly a panelist of the American Arbitration Association and later a full-time mediator with the Bates Edwards Group, Endispute and J.A.M.S.

He has mediated cases exceeding $200 million in dispute and has mediated in Europe and as a West Coast Mediator for BMW and General Motors Corporations.

He was previously a senior owner and head of the litigation department of a major Central California law firm.  He was an "AV" rated attorney and represented numerous Fortune 500 and other multi-national corporations in complex business, real estate, employment, products liability, agricultural and finance disputes.


  • B.A. (1968), University of California at Davis, with honors.
  • J.D. (1972), University of California at Davis, with honors.
  • Negotiation and Mediation skills training, Harvard University.
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Colorado Dispute Institure, Boulder, Colorado
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Pepperdine University, Institute for Dispute Resolution.
  • Certifications from Association of Workplace Investigation Institute and Title IX Institute
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