Moncharsh, Philip I.

427 East Carrillo StreetSanta Barbara, CA 93101- 1401

Updated: 05/02/2014


Philip I. Moncharsh has been a litigation and trial lawyer since his admission to practice law in 1973. Mr. Moncharsh has successfully argued hundreds of cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout California, and has also appeared before the California Supreme Court. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business and corporate disputes, insurance litigation and coverage issues, representation and counseling of public agencies and nonprofit organizations, personal...


Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation & Appeals
  • Contracts
  • Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff & Defense
  • Insurance Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • Spanish


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1981

Other Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • California Trial Lawyers Association / CAOC
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association / CAALA


  • Recipient: Ojai (CA) Community Conservation Award, 1996
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem, Superior Courts, 1992 - Present
  • Ojai Valley Land Conservancy - Founder, Board Member & Past President
  • Ventura County Agricultural Land Trust
  • Ojai Community Hospital Board
  • Roadrunners Youth Track Program
  • Ventura County Media Network
  • Yale Club of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo - Board Member, Past President, Distinguished Service Recipient
  • Committee for Environmental Education
  • Ojai Music Festival
  • Citizens for Responsible Government

Past Positions

  • Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham, Ventura, CA
  • Heily & Blase, Ventura, CA
  • Strote & Whitehouse, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Office of the Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1973
    Honors: With Honors
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1970
    Honors: With Honors
    Honors: Recipient, Distinguished Service Medal, Yale University
    Major: Political Science



  • Recipient: Ojai (CA) Community Conservation Award, 1996
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1994

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Office Information


427 East Carrillo StreetSanta Barbara, CA 93101- 1401


  • 805-966-3715


Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday

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427 East Carrillo StreetSanta Barbara, CA 93101- 1401