Edward M. Phelps graduated from Loyola Law School
in 1975 and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972
where he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with
emphasis in finance, real estate and insurance. He has over 30
years of experience handling business litigation in state and
federal courts, including appellate experience. He has
extensive experience in real estate development including planning
commission and city council matters. He has represented clients in
complex business and real estate transactions, including
commercial leasing, real estate and development for commercial use and
regional shopping centers, loan documentation, and purchase and sale
documentation. He represented financial institutions for over 10
years in banking, litigation and transactional matters. From 1989
to 2002 he was a member of the firm of Phelps Law Group, a
professional law corporation, and is presently Of Counsel to the
Mr. Phelps serves as a private and court-appointed mediator, and is a member of the Probate Panel
of mediators for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He applies his 30
years of legal experience to mediation with a high success rate in
areas of business, real estate, tort litigation and trust and
estate matters. He also serves as a professional fiduciary in trust matters.
Mr. Phelps was adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he
taught real estate development law for over 7 years. He was a
member of the La Canada Flintridge City Council from 1988 to 1992.
In May, 1992, he was invited by the Moscow Committee on the
Environment (Moscow, Russia) to present a paper on federal and
state legislation concerning controls over the environment, zoning
and building construction. Mr. Phelps was a speaker at the 2002
and 2004 national meetings of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys where he presented a unique program on business planning
for law firms. His program was subsequently described as one of
the "Best of NAELA" programs. He authored a article on this
subject in 2007 for the California Trust and Estates Quarterly.
Mr. Phelps was admitted to the California Bar in 1975; U.S.
District Court, Central District (1975); US Tax Court (1978). He
is a member of the California State Bar, Pasadena Bar Association
and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has two sons, both
of whom are Eagle Scouts.