Borton Petrini



Samuel L. Phillips

Practice Areas
ADA Defense
Agricultural Law
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Business, Corporate, and Partnership Transactions
Business Litigation
Construction Law
Employment & Labor Law
Environmental & Zoning Law
Errors & Omissions
General & Civil Law
Insurance Defense
Intellectual Property
Native American Law
Real Estate Law
Regulatory and Administrative Law

San Francisco / San Rafael / San Jose

(415) 677-0730


(415) 677-0737

Samuel Phillips is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco and San Jose offices of Borton Petrini, LLP. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1985.

His particular areas of expertise as a San Francisco and San Jose lawyer include transportation cases, agricultural law, church law, landlord-tenant, habitability, antitrust, and employment litigation.

Sam’s legal practice has provided him with experience in numerous categories of legal matters. He has more than 31 years of experience in litigation.

In addition, he has handled numerous construction cases including those involving large and small projects, condominiums and land subsidence. Other cases he has handled as a San Francisco and San Jose lawyer include appellate work, discrimination/wrongful termination, general farm law, insurance coverage, commercial matters (trademark and trade secrets), product liability, real estate errors and omissions, subrogation, and public entity defense (including police brutality).

Sam also is a published author, contributing to the body of legal knowledge with such articles as “The Empty Chair Defense,” published in the Fall 1995 issue of California Defense magazine, and “Should Parents Be Liable for the Intentional Acts of Their Children,” published in the Summer 1999 issue of California Defense magazine. His knowledge in Spanish is another enhancement to his legal practice.

Sam has jury trial experience in over eight California counties concerning areas such as construction, trucking, toxic mold, personal injury, and civil rights matters to name a few. He has appeared before the California Supreme Court in the published case of Etcheverry v. Tri-Ag Service, Inc.

Sam is affiliated with several academic and professional organizations. His university days were the beginning of his membership in the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. His professional affiliations include membership in the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
He is a member of the California State Bar Association and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sam is an active participant in the life of his community and is a member in the William A. Ingram Inn of Court affiliated with the American Inns of Court. His concern for education is reflected in his past service on the St. Stanislaus School Board. He was also a special advisor to the Cerebral Palsy Association.

Sam is married to Anita Gildea-Phillips, and they have two sons, Patrick and Sean.

“The Empty Chair Defense,” California Defense, Fall 1995
“Should Parents Be Liable for the Intentional Acts of Their Children,” California Defense, Summer 1999
Etcheverry v. Tri-Ag Service, Inc.

“And the Defense Win’s – DRI Today, Volume 10 Issue 2, January 12, 2011


University of San Francisco, B.A., 1982
University of San Francisco, J.D., 1985


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Business & professional Associations

Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
California State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Cerebral Palsy Association, Past Special Advisor
Defense Research Institute, Member
St. Stanislaus School Board, Past Board Member
Ralph M. Brown Inns of Court, Past Member
William A. Ingram Inns of Court, Member

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