Michelle A. Philo

Michelle A. Philo

Irvine, California

Michelle A. Philo is Of Counsel to Kring & Chung, LLP.  Her practice focuses on business transactions, including formations, maintenance, mergers, dissolutions; trademarks; estate planning; and probate.  Ms. Philo has represented several business owners who utilize her services in reviewing contracts and agreements, preparing annual corporate documents and filings, preparing contracts related to stock purchases and ownership transfers, and preparing contracts related to their ongoing daily business needs.  She also prepares comprehensive estate planning packages, including trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, and advanced healthcare directives.  Her prior litigation experience provides her with a unique insight in drafting documents intended to protect her clients if litigation should result.

Born and raised in Southern California, Philo graduated from Chapman University with her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and received her Juris Doctor, from Whittier Law School in 2012.  Ms. Philo is active in the legal community.  She was appointed by the California State Bar to serve as a California Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the policy making body of the organization. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, is the Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and is the President for the Whittier Law School Alumni Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Corporations & LLCs
  • Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Probate
  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2015


  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Trial Advocacy Honors Board
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Certificate in International Law
  • Chapman University
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Presidential Scholar
    • Major: Legal Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2015 and 2016
  • Orange County Wine Society President’s Award 2014
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association-Everyday Hero Award, December 2013
  • American Bar Association Law Student Division - Gold Key Award 2012
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association – Bar Stipend Recipient, 2012
  • Whittier Law School – Dean’s Citation Award 2012
  • American Bar Association Law Student Division – Silver Key Award 2011, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Commission on Women on the Profession, Social Media Co-Chair, 2014 - 2016
  • State Bar of California, Delegate to ABA House of Delegates, 2013 - 2016
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Liaison to Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities, 2014 - 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2016; Chair-Elect, 2015; Social Committee Chair, 2014
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Treasurer - 2016; Secretary - 2015; Board of Directors - 2014
  • Whittier Law School Alumni Association, Chair: 2016-2017, President: 2014 - 2015; Secretary: 2013 - 2014