Principal & Attorney
Certified Elder Law Attorney
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.