Phillips, Spallas & Angstadt LLP is a civil litigation firm which strives to extricate its clients from litigation expeditiously and efficiently. The firm’s guiding principles are that clients deserve consistent and thorough communication and our dedicated efforts to eliminate their exposure.

With decades of litigation experience, and hundreds of successful trials, Phillips, Spallas & Andgstadt LLP has the necessary expertise to navigate all state and federal venues in California and Nevada. A key ingredient of our firm's success is the diversity of our attorneys. We are committed to diversity both within the firm and our profession of law at large, and we are proud to support several fellowships and scholarships for minority students.

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Matthew A. Gardner


Matthew A. Gardner joined the firm in 2018 as an experienced litigation defense attorney having defended clients that ranged from large corporations to single individuals.  Mr. Gardner quickly became a leader in the Los Angeles office.  He leads a talented group of defense attorneys to navigate challenging cases across numerous practice areas in state and federal court throughout California. Mr. Gardner received his Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and he earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California.  The firm is grateful for Mr. Gardner’s dedication and leadership, and we look forward to having him on the team for many years to come.


Sandra L. Block


Sandra L. Block joined the firm in 2019 as a litigation defense attorney with extensive knowledge and experience. Ms. Block quickly emerged as a team leader in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. She leads a team of savvy defense attorneys to defend against all kinds of claims for clients in state and federal court throughout California. Ms. Block graduated from Brandeis University with Honors and earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School where she was the Senior Articles Editor of the school’s law review and on the Dean’s List. The firm thanks Ms. Block for her hard work and dedication, and we look forward to our continued collaboration and partnership.

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Michael C. Zimmermann


Michael C. Zimmermann is an associate in our San Francisco office, where he represents individuals and entities in a range of disputes. Mr. Zimmerman’s civil litigation practice focuses on the defense of complex tort and commercial claims. Mr. Zimmermann earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of San Diego and his law degree from the University of San Francisco where he served on the law review for two years. Mr. Zimmermann is admitted to practice before all state courts in California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.





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