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With more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience, David Phillips, Esq. continues his career as a full-time mediator dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients.


Mari Ventura


David Phillips, Esq. joined Signature Resolution as a mediator after more than 25 years of representing both plaintiffs and defendants. His background has taught him to carefully evaluate the legal risks and rewards faced by parties. He understands the challenges and opportunities motivating plaintiffs and defendants, as well as their respective counsel.

With 10 years in employment litigation, Mr. Phillips has resolved emotionally charged disputes like gender, race, age, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination, as well as harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He is also fully versed in all aspects of wage-and-hour class action. Mr. Phillips has handled complex business and commercial disputes, high profile casualty loss and insurance bad faith claims, as well as a wide variety of privacy, intellectual property and malpractice lawsuits.

He brings the full spectrum of evaluative and facilitative skills to his role as mediator and helps the parties identify their core interests and evaluate their legal risks and opportunities as a catalyst to create a positive resolution. His experience and expertise empower him to assist clients in managing risk and optimizing results.



  • Gordon & Rees LLP, Partner (2012-2018)
  • Law Offices of David S. Phillips, Private Practice (1993-2012)
  • Milbank, Tweed, Handley & McCloy LLP, Associate (1991-1993)


  • The LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles (2018)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (2018)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (2018)
  • United States Supreme Court (2004)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1995)
  • United States District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California (1991)
  • California State Bar (1991)


  • Program on Negotiation: Mediation, Harvard Law School  
  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University  
  • B.A., Stanford University


Mari Ventura