One client exclaimed, “His calmness through trial kept me sane. Philip is a rock. He doesn’t let anyone’s emotions draw him away from what’s important. His steadiness, and demeanor helped. You can really count on him to be your voice of reason in any situation.”
His calmness is partly a result of his natural temperament, and his extensive education. Before obtaining a law degree, Philip earned a physics decree from University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, and a master’s degree in philosophy from University of Chicago. If divorce court was being shipwreck on an island, Philip would be the professor. Calm, calculated, and thinking his way to safety.
Philip knows it can be difficult for people going through a divorce to be at ease. The fear of the unknown, the specter of uncertainty, and the life altering outcomes of divorce court can turn the calmest person into an emotional dunce. Philip believes that if he stays calm, stays the course, he can be a point of reference, a lighthouse for those needing help.
That fear, anxiety, or emotional tilt can take the form of late-night emails to your lawyer, frantic phone calls, or desperate pleas to settle the case at any cost. Philip rarely lets this happen. He’s the great calm. Taking the time to put you at ease, taking time to explain the next step in your case, and finding solutions to the problem you think have none.
Philip left the fields of philosophy and physics to pursue law. This change came from his desire to help everyday people solve everyday problems. He earned his law degree for UNLV in 2013. Philip is licensed to practice in Nevada.
- Juris Doctorate William S. Boyd School of Law,2013
- B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois, 2001
- M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998
- B.A. in International Studies from Rhodes College, 1993
- B.A. in Philosophy from Rhodes College, 1993
- Nevada Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Nevada Justice Association
Most Memorable Case? During a recent divorce, we discovered a prenuptial document where the husband agreed to give the wife 400 gold coins if there was a divorce. The couple was married in Iran under Sharia Law. This arrangement is commonplace and in Iran, but not here. I was excited to find this document. It turned the case around.
What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney? My undergraduate training is in philosophy and physics. Which is basically logic. So, I feel my logic skills keep me out of the emotional fights you can get caught up in with opposing attorneys. These quarrels rarely benefit the client and prolong the case. Divorce is 80% emotion and 20% logic. Courts only care about the logic. If I get caught up in the emotion, I never see the logic.
Do you have any hobbies? Ballroom dancing, and hiking.
You are a ballroom dancer. What are your favorite dances? Standard dances like the Foxtrot, Tango or Quickstep.
Who would you be, Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader? Luke. I like fighting for the good side.
Who is your favorite philosopher? Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was logic with a twist. He once said; “If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
What is your favorite physics equation? It would have to be Isaac Newton’s first law of motion. F = MA. F being force, M being mass, A being acceleration. He learned all that from an apple falling off a tree.