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Costa Mesa Direct: 714.371.2520 General: 714.371.2500 Fax: 714.371.2550
Los Angeles Direct: 310.312.4141 General: 310.312.4000 Fax: 310.312.4224
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1963.Board of Editors, George Washington Law Review.
Iowa State University, B.S., 1959.
Mr. Phelps is a renowned banking attorney who has worked with scores of financial institutions throughout the country. As a founding partner in the Firm, he boasts a long and distinguished career serving banking, thrift and non-bank financial institutions.
He is active in banking industry groups, including the California Bankers Association, where he previously served on the State Government Relations Committee and now serves on the Federal Government Relations Committee.
Mr. Phelps has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on law and banking and is frequently quoted in industry publications.
Selected by peers to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over ten years, and Orange County Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.
Recipient of the ADL’s 2011 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award.
Selected by peers to be listed as a “2007 Southern California Super Lawyer” in the annual edition of the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine.
Recipient of the California Bankers Association’s 1999 Robert Frandzel Award for superior and noteworthy legal assistance to the California banking industry.
Recipient of the City of Hope’s Professions and Finance Associates’ 1992 Award of Hope.
Admitted to practice in California.
Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Past Chairman and current Caucus Chair, Board of Directors, Orange County Business Council.
Member, California, Los Angeles County and Orange County Bar Associations.
Member, California Bankers Association (past member, Federal Government Relations Committee and State Government Relations Committee).
Member, Board of Counselors of the George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics at Chapman University.
Member, Board of Visitors, Chapman University School of Law.
Member, Dean’s Advisory Board, Cal State Fullerton College of Business and Economics.
President of the Board of Trustees, South Coast Repertory.
Serves on the Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors.
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