Vaght Boutris LLP
Jodi Phillips
Phone: (510) 430-1518
Fax: (510) 382-1166

Trusts and Estates

An excellent listener and communicator, Jodi takes pride in developing a strong working relationship with her clients, by taking the time to understand each client's family dynamics and unique situation.  She enjoys working with clients to help them understand the estate planning process and provide options to best suit each clients' individual needs. She counsels on a variety of estate planning considerations, including family wealth preservation and transfer of assets, planning and caring for minor children, business succession planning, planning for incapacity and charitable giving, as well as probate and trust administration. 

Conflict resolution

Jodi effectively advocates and negotiates on behalf of clients to resolve trust and estate conflicts. She represents clients in will and trust contests, as well as mediation of trust and estate disputes. 

Experience and Leadership

Jodi earned an LL.M in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law and is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, Queen’s Bench, and the East Bay Estate Planning Council. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the East Bay Trusts and Estate Lawyers (EBTEL), the Vice President of the San Francisco Professional Women’s Network (PWN) and is a co-founder of the East Bay Advisory Panel.  Jodi is also a board member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for Golden Gate University. 

Jodi has focused her legal career on trusts and estates after her own personal experience of losing her grandparents, who had a well-executed and properly funded trust, which made the grieving process much easier on her and her family.  Jodi lives in Alameda with her partner Chris, a San Francisco firefighter/paramedic, and their Golden Retriever Charlie.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, baking cookies, hiking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.  

Admissions

State Bar of California, 2014

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2014

Education

LL.M., Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2014

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 2013

B.A., Political Science, Arizona State University, 2009

B.A., Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, 2009

Professional Associations

Alameda County Bar Association

Alumni Association Board of Directors, Golden Gate University

California Lawyers Association, Trusts & Estates Section

East Bay Advisory Panel

East Bay Estate Planning Council

East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers

Professional Women's Network, San Francisco

Queen's Bench