Meet Our Staff

Philip P. Lindsley

Principal & Attorney

Certified Elder Law Attorney

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Attorney Philip P. Lindsley is a widely recognized elder and disability law attorney, and one of only two Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in San Diego County. This specialization is accredited by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. Mr. Lindsley is also a State Bar of California Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and an Accredited Veterans Administration Attorney. He has been rated AV "Preeminent" by Martindale Hubble and a "SuperLawyer," both based on peer reviews.    His practice is limited to Medi-Cal , VA  and asset protection planning, special needs planning, estate planning, conservatorships and disability planning, Life Care Planning, probate and estate administration, and special needs trusts. He is licensed to practice in California and has been honored by election to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Phil is a native San Diegan, and has been practicing law in San Diego County for over 30 years. Phil performed his undergraduate and graduate work in Psychology at San Diego State University, and received his law degree from University of San Diego School of Law. Before focusing on Elder and Special Needs Law, he practiced in the related areas of mental health law, pharmaceutical and health care, public health law, probate, and estate planning & administration. Phil is a member of the Trust, Probate and Estate Planning sections of the State and San Diego Bar Associations, and a long time member of both the Bar’s Financial and the Medical Liaison committees. He is a Founding member of the Board of Directors of the Probate Attorneys of San Diego (PASD). He is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the San Diego County Bar, and for five years a Floor Leader of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Probate Section to the California Conference of Delegates of the State Bar of California.  Phil was also honored to serve four years as a member of the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission (JNE) of the State Bar of California. Phil is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, having taught primarily in the areas of Conservatorship and Mental Health Law. He is currently a Pro Tem Judge for the Central Division of the Probate Court of the Superior Court of San Diego.

Phil has worked with many consumer groups and organizations over the years, including the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Association, and the California and San Diego County Mental Health Associations. He founded the San Diego Elder Law Center in 1997. Philip’s expertise in elder, disability and special needs law, and his passion for the needs of elders, the disabled, their families and their caregivers, makes him a frequent and popular speaker to professional and lay groups.

When he is not practicing law, Phil enjoys time spent with his family, friends, and animals. He is an avid reader and a gourmet cook, and enjoys time spent gardening, traveling, and keeping his old ranch house from falling apart and his bird feeders stocked.

D. Robert Dieringer

Associate Attorney

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Robert Dieringer is an Associate Attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and received his BA from Colgate University, cum laude.  He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Robert's professional memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Legal Information Network of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Elder Law and the Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate sections of the San Diego County Bar Association. He is also the 2013 co-chair of the Elder Law section of the San Diego County Bar Association. 

Robert's hobbies include reading, playing fetch with his dogs, surfing, golf, cooking, and yoga. Robert is conversational in Spanish, having lived and studied in Madrid, Spain, and enjoys frequent trips to Baja California, Mexico.

Liz Lockwood

Public Benefits Paralegal/Office Manager

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Liz Lockwood grew up in Sonoma, California and brings with her a career spanning many years in several industries, including teaching, real estate appraisal, and accounting/account analyst positions. Her most important and favorite past position was that of full-time stay at home mom. During that time she served as an enthusiastic and dedicated parent volunteer at school, for several youth sports teams, and Girl Scout cookie mom.

Liz has been with the San Diego Elder Law Center since 2004 starting as a private contractor handling the court required accountings. Over time, her eclectic skill set and eye for detail proved to be an indispensable asset to the office. In 2008 she joined San Diego Elder Law Center full time and serves as Paralegal/Office Manager, and Medi-Cal specialist. “The most gratifying part about working here is knowing that what the firm does every day makes a positive difference in people’s lives,” Liz tells us. Liz’s primary work philosophy has always been to enjoy what she does and keep learning while she does it. She has a BA, a M.Ed. and a California teaching credential.

Daphne Barretto

Trust, Probate, and Conservatorship


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Daphne Barretto joined San Diego Elder Law in the summer of 2010 as a probate paralegal. Daphne received her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego. Daphne brings with her thirteen years of legal experience, ten of which as a paralegal in trust and estates.

When not enjoying work with the team at San Diego Elder Law Center, Daphne relishes time with her husband and two boys, training for marathons, reading, gardening, cheering for the Chargers and the Lakers (win or lose), and volunteering.

Anna Celiceo

Estate Planning


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 Anna Celiceo has over 10 years of experience in the legal field. Her experience at other firms include personal injury, bankruptcy and family law. Anna has been a member of the team at San Diego Elder Law Center for over five years. Anna focuses on our Estate Planning and Special Needs Trust cases. Anna enjoys communicating with clients and helping them find solutions to their problems. When she isn't working, Anna loves to read and spend time with her family. She currently lives in Chula Vista, California with her husband and their three children. Her multi-culture background includes education in both Mexico and United States. She has her Associate Degree from Southwestern College in Psychology and Bilingual-Paralegal Studies, and has also pursued studies at San Diego State University in Psychology.

Kristin Rigsbee

Care Coordinator

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Kristin has recently joined us in the role of Care Coordinator and Community Education Specialist. Kristin has been working for the past 21 years with seniors in the San Diego County area. She has extensive knowledge in Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation Services, Assisted Living, Dementia Care, Home Care and Hospice. She is keenly aware of the many issues and concerns that both seniors and their families encounter when faced with a crisis. Providing information and advocacy is of greatest importance to Kristin so that seniors and their families can make informed decisions. She finds it very satisfying to be able to assist and advocate for the elderly top ensure that they get all the care and assistance they need.

Kristin holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Appalachian state University in North Carolina. She obtained an RCFE Administrators license for Assisted Living. Recently, she has also been conducting seminars and staff training on Culture Change, Patient Centered Care, and Dementia. She also has experience working with disadvantaged children in a group home setting.

When not working at San Diego Elder Law Center, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family. She has two sons, one locally and one in Kansas. She enjoys quilting and donating quilts and other craft items to local charities. She has a dog who loves to go hiking in beautiful San Diego. She loves exploring the historical sited and museums around the country and participating in seasonal activities.

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