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J. Phillip Glasscock, Esq. CPA-ret.

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With more than 35 years of experience in business transactions, litigation and estate planning, J. Phillip Glasscock has a simple mission at Guidant: help clients make money and keep it.

Rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, Phil approaches business representation differently than many other attorneys. He typically starts with ascertaining the client’s exit strategy and other long-term plans so that all efforts are designed to achieve lasting success. Likewise, Phil’s approach with estate planning clients is focused on expediency and efficiency with the goal of “making it easy” in all respects.

Phil’s client roster has included public companies and three generations of family owners of private companies. He has worked with manufacturers, international distributors, professional services firms and family-owned businesses. With substantial experience in multistate transactions, he has completed more than a billion dollars of successful real estate closings throughout the United States. He was honored to oversee the first successful FCC spectrum license sale in Washington D.C. and the first successful large, multi-engine jet aircraft auction, selling aircraft to buyers in Europe, South America and Africa. In addition to negotiating business deals in the U.S., Phil has been tapped to oversee deals in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, China, Sweden, Germany, and Russia.

Phil owned and operated a law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona for 25 years, successfully growing the business and becoming known as a top-tier attorney, even as the Great Recession riddled Corporate America. During this time, he cultivated a relationship with attorney Gary Smith after the two continually met as opposing counsel. The mutual respect ultimately led to their association at Guidant.

Phil has additional experience as the in-house general counsel for a large regional real estate development firm and a multi-national product manufacturer. As such, he was responsible for acquisition, sales, distribution, employment, and joint venture contracts as well as supervision of the company’s physical facilities and human relations departments. He handled competitive strategies and managed substantial “bet the company” litigation in the U.S. and abroad. One example resulted in several successful judgments, ultimately leading to one of the largest judgments in Arizona up to that time.

After earning a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, Phil assisted the management consulting department of an accounting firm in Phoenix. There, he structured and documented real estate and R&D securities offerings, conducted strategic business planning sessions and provided key business advice to large and small business clients. Phil is a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

  • Won multi-million-dollar cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Successfully closed billions of dollars in business and real estate purchases and sales, including almost a third of a billion dollars of real estate and radio spectrum licenses in separate sales each taking less than 48 hours.
  • Oversaw hedge fund litigation resulting in a mid-seven figure cash payment for the client.
  • Managed $15-million-dollar M&A business sale.
  • Managed multi-national aircraft transaction with client communications conducted in French.
  • Successfully managed all legal aspects of the only successful large, multi-engine commercial jet aircraft auction.
  • Led the formation, management, and successful sale of international (Spain and U.S.) joint venture.
  • Oversaw multi-million-dollar vintage wine auction in Hong Kong.
  • Represented the children and grandchildren of clients in estate planning and business.
  • Martindale-Hubble® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Member, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA)
    • Member, ASCPA Financial Planning Committee
    • Member, ASCPA Cannabis and Hemp Advisory Group
  • Co-Founder, Arizona Cannabis Bar Association
  • Member, Scottsdale Bar Association
  • Former American Arbitration Association (AAA) Arbitrator
  • Retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Former Chairperson, Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble France Committee
  • Former Member, Phoenix Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee
  • “Common and Not So Common Risks,” ASCPA Financial Planning Conference, 2019
  • “Estate Planning Update,” Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) Financial Planning Conference, 2017
  • “Estate Planning Update,” ASCPA Financial Planning Conference, 2016
  • “What Arizona CPAs Need to Know About the New Arizona LLC Act” AZ CPA, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, May 2019
  • “Life Insurance and Creditors” (co-author), AZ CPA, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, March/April 2017
  • “New Arizona Law Attempts to Clarify Use of Independent Contractors” (co-author), AZ CPA, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, January 2017
  • “Financially Unsophisticated Clients: Headache or Opportunity?” AZ CPA, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, November 2014
  • B.S., Accounting, University of Wyoming College of Business, 1980
  • J.D., Arizona State University, 1983
  • Admitted in Arizona, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas