Philip Kopp is of counsel in the Newport Beach office focusing his practice on business, real estate, and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on construction and property damage matters. Phil’s unique background, which includes both operational management experience and nearly four decades of representing clients in high-stakes, complex litigation, enables him to provide practical and effective pre-lawsuit counseling to businesses to help them address a broad range of risk management challenges.

Previously with Centex Homes, Phil held the positions of Regional General Counsel for the West Coast Region, where he was responsible for managing all litigation and claims in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and Senior Vice President of Operations, Southern California Coastal Division, where he was responsible for estimating/purchasing, construction, customer service, product development, and design studio functions. Prior to joining Centex, he was a partner with Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego and later with Dowling, Aaron & Keeler in Fresno.

Phil also served in the United States Air Force and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service in the aftermath of Hurricane Camille.

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Professional Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Building Industry Association
  • American Inns of Court


  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1979)
    • Law Review
    • Moot Court Honors Program
  • California Lutheran University (B.A., 1976)