Phillip Jelsma


A Partner with Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3), Phil applies his strategic advice, tax counsel and transactional support on entity formation and joint ventures to protect your interests, minimize your tax liabilities and ensure the long-term success of your project.

With nearly 30 years of experience in structuring sophisticated real estate and business transactions, Phil brings to CGS3 a deep knowledge of real estate exchanges, syndications, nonprofit corporations and international tax planning.  His practice focuses on limited liability company (LLC) and partnership business and tax planning, with an emphasis on real estate and nonprofit corporations.

Phil’s extensive experience supporting corporate mergers and acquisitions includes representing buyers and sellers in consolidations, stock and asset purchases, management buyouts, and related transactions.     He also advises on entity formation, fiduciary duties, inter-partner relationships, the issuance of stock and other ownership interests, recapitalizations and reorganizations, officer and director issues, corporate governance, stock option and appreciation rights plans, and contract preparation.

Prior to joining CGS3, Phil was a partner in the San Diego offices of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP.

As part of his legal practice, Phil serves as an expert witness in partnership and LLC disputes, particularly fiduciary duty and allocation issues, and attorney standards of care.  He also has served for three years on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar, and is an active participant in ABA tax subcommittees.  Since 1989, Phil has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he specializes in tax law.

J.D., Stanford Law School (1986)
B.S., Business Administration), University of Southern California (1979) magna cum laude

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
1560 T.M., State Taxation of Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships (author)