Philip B. Feldman

Phil Feldman is one of the preeminent estate planning practitioners in the Bay Area and is the firm's senior estate planning attorney. Phil brings over 30 years of experience in designing wealth management and transfer strategies for high-net-worth families. His practice includes income, gift and estate tax planning, trust and probate administration, and philanthropy.

Phil also represents individual and institutional fiduciaries in trust and estate administration and resolution of disputes. He has represented numerous clients in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and California tax authorities, and has appeared in most of the probate courts in the Bay Area. Phil's clients value his unique ability to provide practical and highly strategic solutions to very complex tax and estate planning goals.

Professional Activities

Phil has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he taught classes in Wills & Trusts and personal income taxation. He is past chair of the California Bar Association Estate and Gift Tax Committee, past member of the executive committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Tax Section, and served as the senior probate advisor to the California Bar Association's 9/11 Victims Project.

He is currently a member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council and serves on the professional advisory committees of the Marin Community Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation Endowment. Phil also serves as pro bono counsel to City Arts & Lectures. He is currently a commissioner of the Town of Tiburon's Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission and previously served for many years as an officer of the Reed Schools Foundation in Tiburon.


After graduating with honors from Michigan State University (1977), Phil practiced as a certified public accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1983).

Honors & Awards

Phil was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2014 San Francisco Litigation - Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year," in addition to his annual listing in Best Lawyers in America (Trusts & Estates category). He is recognized as a San Francisco Magazine Northern California SuperLawyer, and is also a Martindale Hubbell AV-Rated Attorney.


  • B.A., with honors, Michigan State University (1977)
  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law (1983)

Practice Areas


Contact Philip B. Feldman

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
One Montgomery Street
Suite 3000
San Francisco, California  94104
Phone: (415) 772-5720
Fax: (415) 989-1663


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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