John T. Philipsborn

Title: Lawyer
Company: Law Offices of John T. Philipsborn
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

John Philipsborn has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in trial, appellate, criminal and international human rights law.

Mr. Philipsborn’s upbringing plays an important factor in his decision to go into the practice of law. Born overseas and raised in Paris, he developed an interest in international human rights work at an early age. In his early childhood surroundings, he was exposed to post-World War II Europe. His parents had both been involved with the war effort and when his family returned to the United States, he carried his interest in helping others in the prison system. In order to pursue a career in this field, he first earned an AB from Bowdoin College in 1971 and continued at Antioch College to receive an MEd in 1975. In 1978, Mr. Philipsborn received a JD from the University of California Davis.

After being admitted to the California bar in 1978, he joined as partner of the Philipsborn & Cohn firm and remained there for two years before joining Defenders Inc. in 1980. From 1983 to 1987, he worked as an associate at Garry, Dreyfus & McTernan. He returned to privately practicing with his own firm in 1987, and has remained an integral figure in his clients lives since then. Before practicing law, Mr. Philipsborn lectured at the University of New Hampshire and Antioch College. He consulted for the US government and volunteered with the Office of the Governor of the state of Montana. In addition to these positions, Mr. Philipsborn has served as a consultant to Nicaraguan court evaluation projects, as a coordinator of the International Conference on Adversarial Systems, as an assistant project manager for refugee camps in Southeast Asia, as a Fulbright Scholar in Pakistan and Portugal and judge pro tempore in the San Francisco Superior Court.

In addition to being admitted to the state bar of California, Mr. Philipsborn is admitted with the North, Central and Eastern District Courts of California, the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court and is a certified specialist in criminal law through the state of California. He received the Spirit Award from Continuing Education Bar in 2006 and the Amicus Curiae Work Award from California Attorney for Criminal Justice in 2003 and 2004. In 1984, his efforts received the Excellence in Services to the Poor Award. In his career, Mr. Philipsborn has maintained affiliation with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the California State Bar.

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