• Thomas D. Phelps

    Financial Services and Banking
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    Costa Mesa
    Direct: 714.371.2520
    General: 714.371.2500
    Fax: 714.371.2550

    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4141
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224


    George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1963.
    Board of Editors, George Washington Law Review.


    Iowa State University, B.S., 1959.

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    Thomas Phelps is a renowned banking attorney who has worked with scores of financial institutions throughout the country. As a founding partner in the firm, he boasts a long and distinguished career serving banking, thrift and non-bank financial institutions.

    He is active in banking industry groups, including the California Bankers Association, where he previously served on the State Government Relations Committee and the Federal Government Relations Committee.

    Mr. Phelps has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on law and banking and is frequently quoted in banking industry publications.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Recipient of the California Bankers Association’s 2014 Inaugural Chairman’s Award.

    Selected by peers to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over ten years, and Orange County Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

    Recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s 2011 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award.

    Selected by peers to be listed as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” in the 2007-2010 annual editions of the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine.

    Recipient of the California Bankers Association’s 1999 Robert Frandzel Award.

    Recipient of the City of Hope’s Professions and Finance Associates’ 1992 Award of Hope.


    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

    Past Chairman, Orange County Business Council; current Chairman, CEO Leadership Caucus; member Board of Directors; and Chairman of annual Economic Forecast Conference.

    Member, California and Orange County Bar Associations.

    Member, California Bankers Association (past member, Federal Government Relations Committee and State Government Relations Committee).

    Member, Board of Advisors, Chapman University School of Law.

    Past President of the Board of Trustees, South Coast Repertory Theater.

    Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors.

    Board of Advisors, OneOC.

    Board of Advisors, U.S. Bank.

    Member, Dean’s Advisory Board, California State University, Fullerton, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics; Advisory Board, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting (CEAF); and Advisory Board, Center for Leadership.

    Past Director, Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Past Congregation President, Mt. of Olives Lutheran Church.

    Speaking Engagements