Faculty Biography

Phillip L. Jelsma

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • JD, 1986, Stanford University
  • BA, 1979, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

Professor Jelsma teaches in the area of tax law. 

Professional Experience

Jelsma is a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in San Diego, where he practices in corporate, securities, and corporate financing as well as corporate, limited liability company, and partnership income tax planning, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions.

Honors and Affiliations

Jelsma was named Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in tax law in 2011 and 2012; one of the "Top Legal Minds in San Diego" by SD Metro in 2011; and a San Diego Super Lawyer in 2011. He served three years on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar and is an active participant in ABA tax subcommittees.

Key Works

Jelsma's publications include "California Enterprise Zone Tax Credits: FTB Audit Authority Confirmed" in MLA Real Estate Advisory (with Franklin) (April 27, 2012) and "Minimizing Taxes Through Effective Planning" in Transworld Business (March 12, 2010).

Fall 2013 Classes

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