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What People Are Saying About Phil

I've had the pleasure of working with Phil Heiselmann on a litigation matter and can say that he is a dedicated and diligent attorney.  His objective with every case is to identify all possible issues then determine the most efficient paths to the client's stated goal.  He was an invaluable part of my team.


-- Louis Y. Chang, JD



[Phil’s] work was a model of conciseness (5 pages), clarity and included all the relevant legal references . . . I use expert legal counsel periodically in my business including "Akin, Gump et. al" in Washington, D.C. and believe Phil's work for me was equivalent or better than that provided by any of the largest, most prestigious law firms. I recommend Phil most highly.


-- David A. Eisenberg, President, Anresco,Inc. and Micro-Tracers,Inc.



Phil is a very diligent attorney and generous person!  We worked together on a case, and I was so grateful for how thorough and prompt he is with everything. He has also done an incredible amount of volunteer work for the Sustainable Economies Law Center - advising small food businesses, creating online resources for, and helping teach workshops for food and farm enterprises! The food system is lucky to have such a wonderful advocate!


-- Janelle Orsi, JD, Law Office of Janelle Orsi, and Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center



When the Free Farm Stand was being asked to leave the park where we had been sharing farm fresh vegetables and fruits for a number of years with those in need, I needed help interpreting health codes in regards to produce distribution. Phil did pro bono work for us that helped us understand the law and gave us valuable advice.  We really appreciated his promptness in answering all our questions; he was attentive to detail, and generous with his time.  I can't say enough about how much we appreciate the work he is doing.


-- Dennis “Tree” Rubenstein, Founder, The Free Farm Stand



Phil has been a consistent volunteer attorney at our clinics, where he provides high-quality counseling to our clients, who are community-based food entrepreneurs.  Phil's expertise in food matters and interest in providing excellent service to the community makes him a valuable asset for EBCLC.  We're lucky to have him in our stable of volunteer attorneys!


-- Sushil Jacob, JD, Director, Green-Collar Communities Clinic, East Bay Community Law Center



I am very impressed with Phil’s knowledge of food laws. He knows his domain well and has been extremely helpful on food business ventures.  In addition to his expertise, Phil has been a pleasure to work with. 


-- Bryan Springmeyer, JD, Springmeyer Law



When the city of Oakland came to me and said I needed a special permit to run my urban farm, I was so grateful to have Philip Heiselmann's help negotiating with the City, interpreting complicated environmental reports, and in the end, getting the permit I needed.  He's a great guy; he made himself available and answered all my questions in a timely and professional way.  I highly recommend him!


-- Novella Carpenter, Founder, Ghost Town Farm



While growing my small local foods business, MamaKai, I was faced with the challenge of how best to incorporate to meet the needs of my business now and where it is potentially heading.  I was recommended to speak with Phil, and lucky for me, he was up to the challenge.  Phil helped walk me through all of my options in incorporating, by diving into the very heart of my mission.  He also provided lots of great data to inform my decision making process, even attending lectures with me on new corporate structures, namely the Benefit Corporation.  I chose to become a Benefit Corporation for many reasons and Phil was there to help me get all my legal ducks in a row.  The corporation process was a whole lot less daunting with Phil to help.  I'm glad to know he's on my team when I need him in the future!  I couldn't recommend him more highly.


-- Angie Needels, Owner & Therapeutic Natural Chef, MamaKai



I hired Phil to review a cookbook publishing contract, and he blew away my expectations.  Not only did he provide a very thorough explanation of the contract, but he identified some big areas of risk for me, re-wrote the language, and even offered to speak directly to my publisher to address my concerns.  He turned a very daunting experience into something quite easy, and combined with his uber-approachable demeanor, I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again.  Big thanks, Phil!


-- Jill Epner, Owner & Founder, Little City Kitchen Co.



Phil did a tremendous amount of work for me regarding questions I had on starting an alternative sustainable food business.  Phil is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in finding answers to the important questions I needed.  He really made the extra effort and it has made all the difference in helping me make the right decisions.  I have recommended Sustainable Food Law to several people who are interested in entering this growing industry. In fact, I would recommend Phil to anyone for legal advice or representation.  He was fantastic.


-- Sabrina Alonso, RN & Former Owner, Spark’s Vegan