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Philip Lindsley

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Sole Practitioner
San Diego, California

The San Diego Elder Law Center was founded in 1997 by San Diego attorney Philip P. Lindsley to better serve the legal needs of San Diego county's elder and disabled communities, their families, and caregivers. Mr. Lindsley has more than 30 years of experience in disability and Medi-Cal planning, conservatorships, trust & estate planning, special needs trusts and probate. He limits his practice to these areas. Mr. Lindsley has been designated a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. This specialization in Elder Law is accredited by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He is one of only two certified specialists in Elder Law in San Diego County. He is also a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate. Mr. Lindsley is a native San Diegan. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in Psychology at San Diego State University, graduating with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate from USD School of Law in 1980. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Lindsley is a popular speaker before professional and consumer groups in the field of elder and special needs law issues.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Elder & Special Needs Law
  • 50% Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, NELF, Accredited, State Bar of California, 2004
  • Certified Legal Specialist, Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate, State Bar of California Board of S Legal Specialization, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D.
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Psychology


  • Conservatorship Clinic, USD School of Law, 1986 - 1989
  • Special Needs Trusts, Admin. Office of the Courts, Judicial Ed, 2011 - Present
  • Special Needs Trusts, San Diego Probate Court, 2011 - Present
  • Life Care & Medi-Cal Planning, Alzheimer's Association, 2011 - Present
  • Elder Law and Medi-Cal Planning, San Diego County Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Public Benefit Planning and Special Needs Trusts, San Diego County Law Library, 2010 - Present
  • Conservatorship for Court Appointed Attorneys, San Diego County Bar Probate Bench-Bar Community, 2010 - Present
  • Life Care Planning, San Diego Caregiver's Coalition, 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Honoring Leadership Award (San Diego County Bar), 2010 - Present
  • Service Award, State Bar of California, Judicial Nominations Commission, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Elder Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association, Chair, 2008 - 2010
  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, Member, 2010 - Present
  • Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego, Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners, Member, 2008 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member, 1981 - Present
  • National Elder Law Foundation, Member, 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts, and Estates Section, Member, 1998 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Commissioner, Judicial Nominations Commission (JNE), State Bar of California, 2000 - 2004
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Superior Court, Probate Division, 2011 - Present
  • San Diego County Adult Protective Services-Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) , 2008 - Present

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San Diego Elder Law Center
110 West C Street Suite 1300
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-821-9366
Toll Free: 800-807-4157
Fax: 619 472-0700
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