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Philip C. Gerard
Philip C. Gerard
Senior Member

Representative Experience

Philip is a senior member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, practicing in the area of family law, which includes divorces with substantial assets and/or complex financial issues, preparation of pre- and post-marital agreements, and review of estate planning situations which might be affected by divorce or property characterization issues.  Phil is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been listed in Best Lawyers of America since 1987, and is certified by the Arizona State Bar as a Family Law Specialist.

Phil was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but moved to Iowa, where he attended Iowa State University and Coe College, receiving his B.A. from Coe College in 1968 and his J.D. from Drake University in 1973.

Phil’s litigation experience in family law matters includes the analysis and trial presentation of separate and community property issues, business valuations, the community or separate property characterization of retirement plans, stock options, restricted stock, and other management level compensation plans, spousal maintenance claims and various tax aspects of these financial issues.  These issues frequently involve working with forensic experts, including accountants and valuation experts.

Although Phil’s litigation experience has been almost exclusively family law matters since 2000, in the earlier years of his practice, he also had extensive involvement in commercial and/or business litigation, in both federal and Arizona state courts, including anti-trust litigation and securities class actions, as well as other types of business disputes.

In addition to his above-referenced memberships, Phil served as a member of the Arizona Family Law Advisory Commission for Certification of Family Law Specialists, and was a member of the Arizona Revised Jury Instruction Committee, including the original subcommittee on jury instructions in contract cases. He has been a speaker for numerous CLE presentations for the Arizona and Maricopa County CLE programs, as well as Law Education Institute’s national seminars, with an emphasis on business, property and tax aspects of family law litigation.

Associations & Activities

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Certified Specialist Domestic Relations, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Arizona Top 50, 2007 – present
  • America’s Best Lawyers, Family Law, 1987 – present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV rating

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1973

Education

  • Drake University (J.D., 1973)
  • Coe College (B.A., 1968)

News & Publications

15 Attorneys Named as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Southwest Super Lawyers selected 12 senior attorneys for its 2017 honor. Named for this honor are Helen R. Davis, William M. Demlong, Philip C. Gerard, Connie T. Gould, Christina S. Hamilton, Ralph E. Hunsaker, Timothy R. Hyland, Steven Plitt, Elliot H. Wernick, Richard J. Woods and Jerry D. Worsham II. Steven J. Gross, Jordan R. Plitt and John K. Wittwer were named as up-and-coming, Rising Stars.

Best Lawyers in America List for 2017 Is Announced

Ten lawyers from the Firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance; Scott Salmon – Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland – Insurance Law; Steven Plitt – Insurance Law; William Demlong – Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance.

2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Ten senior attorneys were named as 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton, Helen Davis and Philip Gerard were honored; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense–General category; Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products – Defense category; Timothy Hyland and Steve Plitt were named in the Insurance Coverage category; and William Demlong and Elliot Wernick were honored in the Civil Litigation: Defense category.

2016 Best Lawyers in America List Revealed

Ten lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance; Scott Salmon – Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland – Insurance; Steven Plitt – Insurance

2015 Best Lawyers List Published

Seven lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance

2014 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Eight senior attorneys were named as 2014 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton and Philip Gerard were honored; Terry Rakow and Scott Rose were recognized in the Real Estate category; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense–General category; and Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products – Defense category.