About the Author


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Green

Stacy PhillipsStacy D. Phillips, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is a partner at Blank Rome LLP. She is the author of the book Divorce: It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, now in its sixth printing. As a staunch supporter of victims’ rights, Ms. Phillips assisted in the drafting of Senate Bill 924 (codified in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.15), which extended the statute of limitations period for victims of domestic violence to sue their abusers in civil court.

Ms. Phillips represents business executives, entrepreneurs, sports, entertainment, political and religious figures, and other high-net-worth individuals. Former clients have included Darcy LaPier (former wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme), Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Brown (former husband of Whitney Houston), Erin Everly (former wife of Guns ‘n Roses’ Axl Rose), Toni Taupin (former wife of lyricist Bernie Taupin), Corina Villaraigosa (former wife of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa), Charlie Shanian (former husband of Tori Spelling), Jonathan Kaufer (former husband of Pia Zadora), Dean Sheremet (former husband of LeAnn Rimes), and Kelly Rutherford, to name but a few. In 2008, she also represented the Conservators with regard to Britney Spears’ family law matters.

Author/Legal Analyst

In addition to her book, Ms. Phillips has been quoted in dozens of publications such as People, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Town & Country, Us, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. As a columnist, Ms. Phillips has been sought out to write for such trade and legal publications as the Daily Journal, Lawdragon, California Family Law Monthly, Divorce Magazine and many others. Her authored pieces have also run on such websites as Yahoo! Personals, HitchedMag.com, DivorceMag.com, Divorce360.com, CNNMoney.com and AOL.com. Ms. Phillips has also appeared in a number of stories featured on major websites including TMZ.com, Yahoo.com and MSN.com.

She has appeared on numerous television programs, including Dr. Drew, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, E! Entertainment, BBC News, Court TV (now truTV), Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Inside Hollywood, Extra, Inside Edition, CBS The Early Show, NBC The Today Show, CNBC High Net Worth, VH1, Fox News Network, ABC News 20/20, ABC Good Morning America, TV Guide Channel, as well as international media outlets including Interaktiv (Hungary), Asahi TV (Japan) and Movie Central (Canada).

Ms. Phillips established the Stacy D. Phillips Endowment Scholarship Fund at The Mirman School, which provides funds to an underprivileged female student from a single-parent home to further her education. At Dartmouth College, her alma mater, she is also involved with the Ethics Institute, which serves the needs of the Dartmouth community as well as the larger academic community, through research and dialogue on emerging ethical issues, and The Phillips Samuels Victor Fund, which her family started over 30 years ago as part of their continued commitment to ethics. The Phillips Family Award in Ethics is presented annually to an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College who has successfully demonstrated strength and interest in applied and professional ethics.