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Our Services

We offer a wide gamut of specialty services including Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Personal Injury & Property Damage, and Real Estate Law.

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While no one wants to be living in debt, the truth is that millions of Americans are unable to keep up with their bills. If you are one of the many who have fallen behind on payments due to credit card debt, unpaid medical bills or any other type of debt, now is the time to learn more about how personal bankruptcy may be the debt relief solution you need.

At the Law Office of David Philipson, we approach bankruptcy from a realistic standpoint. We will first sit down together and talk about your personal financial situation, including all of your debts and assets. If bankruptcy is the right choice for you, we will take on the burden of filing and will guide you through the process.

There are two main types of personal bankruptcy. A means test, along with our knowledge of the law, will help in deciding which type of filing makes the most sense for you.

Chapter 7 bankruptcies: Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidating bankruptcy. With this filing, the goal is to discharge debt completely.

Chapter 13 bankruptcies: Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves creating a debt repayment plan to pay back a portion of the money owed to unsecured creditors. Typically, payments are made over a three to five-year period. Any remaining debt after that is discharged. With both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, significant paperwork needs to be gathered and petitions need to be filed. In addition to taking care of these necessities, we will also attend your initial creditors’ meeting with you. While bankruptcy may seem like a frightening option at first, our attorneys can help get your financial life back on track.


Business Law

Sound legal planning is an important element of any business operation. With experienced legal guidance, it is often possible to avoid costly setbacks while identifying opportunities for growth and expansion. The Law Office of David Philipson can provide you with the legal assistance you need to make the decisions that are right for the short and long-term health of your business. We provide knowledgeable business law counsel to businesses in the Big Bear Valley and beyond. The scope of our business law practice includes counsel and advocacy regarding:

  • Purchases and sales of businesses
  • Drafting, reviewing and litigating business contracts
  • Litigating breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Corporate record keeping and ensuring that your LLC or corporation is compliant with state law
  • Forming and dissolving LLCs, corporations, and other legal entities
  • Protecting your assets from potential creditors
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes

We also defend business owners against labor disputes before the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency as well as in state and federal court.

Contact the Law Office of David Philipson today to discuss your business’s needs.

Business Law

Civil Litigation

The Law Office of David Philipson represents clients in all facets of general civil litigation. Whether you are the defendant (the person or company who is being sued) or the plaintiff (the one doing the suing), we can help with these situations and more.

Our attorneys work closely with clients to evaluate their potential claims or defenses related to the commercial, professional, employment, and personal dispute that is the subject of litigation. We represent clients before administrative agencies, alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation or arbitration, jury or court trials in both state and federal court as well as proceedings before appellate courts. We help clients prepare their case and counsel them on the steps and procedures involved. A skilled civil litigation attorney can help clients leverage their negotiating position to reach a beneficial settlement which may be the most appropriate and economical manner of handing certain cases. However, when a dispute cannot be resolved satisfactorily, taking a case to court may be the best or only option.

When required, our attorneys will engage and work closely with experts including investigators, accountants, economic impact analysts, life-care planners, doctors and other relevant professionals. If your legal dispute has risen to the level of civil litigation, our attorneys are ready to help. Call our office today to set up a free consultation.

Civil Litigation

Criminal Law

Here at the Law Office of David Philipson, our attorneys have been practicing criminal law for more than forty years. Mr. Philipson has tried several hundred jury trials – a rare feat in today’s world of settlements and plea bargaining. This places our office in a unique position to assess your options and get you the best possible outcome, regardless of the charges against you. We handle a variety of criminal cases, including:

  • DUI/DWI Defense
  • Drug Offenses
  • Theft crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Probation and parole violations
  • Record Expungements
  • Murder and manslaughter

We will offer you personal attention and aggressive legal representation in order to obtain the best outcome possible for you. Our attorneys will give you the information that you need so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. Contact the Law Office of David Philipson today to see how we can help you with your criminal law case.

Criminal Law

Estate Planning, Administration, and Probate

Estate planning involves the preparation of legal documents that allow for the ongoing administration of a person’s assets and income, both during life and at death. Its primary purpose is to ensure that there is a smooth and seamless transfer of assets belonging to a decedent to his or her heirs with as little cost and trouble as possible. Modern estate planning usually involves the creation of a living trust, wills, and durable powers of attorney for both health care and financial decision making.

Our attorneys can help you create your own unique Estate Plan. During your initial consultation, you will describe your estate planning goals and we will then develop a comprehensive Estate Plan suited to your unique objectives and needs. Beyond basic estate planning strategies, our office is experienced in creating special needs and charitable trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships to help our clients no matter their needs or circumstances.

The Law Office of David Philipson is also experienced in handling trust administration, probate administration, and trust and estate litigation. Whether as an executor of a will, trustee or beneficiary, our office can help you during the difficult process of winding up the affairs of a loved one. We offer free consultations to help assess your aims and will help navigate you through the difficult time following a loss.

Estate Planning, Administration, and Probate

Personal Injury & Property Damage

When the negligence or wrongful conduct of an individual, business, or other entity causes injury to another, the law allows the injured party to recover compensation for the damages caused, including property damage, present and future medical expenses, lost wages due to missed work or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress. Obtaining this recovery from a defendant or insurance company requires the plaintiff to prove all the facts of the case, including the accident itself, the defendant’s fault, and the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in every type of personal injury lawsuit, including automobile accidents, products liability, and premises liability (slip and fall) cases. We are skilled trial attorneys who understand how to investigate and evaluate a claim, and know when to recommend a settlement and when to go to trial.

We can also make sure you get the care and attention you need to get back on your feet after a personal injury accident.

Contact the Law Office of David Philipson today to discuss your personal injury or property damage case.

Personal Injury & Property Damage

Real Estate Law

Our office offers a wide range of real estate services. Our attorneys will thoroughly evaluate and explain to you all contract or litigation options to ensure that your rights are professionally represented and that you understand your position under the law. Our real estate practice concentrates on the following areas:

  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Leases
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Easements
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Zoning and Land Use Law
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Evictions
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes, including prosecuting and defending unlawful detainer lawsuits
If you find yourself with any of the above needs, contact our office to set up a free consultation.

Real Estate Law