Carolyn Garcia v. Estate of Garcia (Marin Superior Court, CA)
In a case nationally televised on Court TV, the firm successfully represented Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia, ex-wife of the late Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame, in a lawsuit against Jerry's estate to enforce a property settlement agreement entered into by the late musician and his former wife. Praising the quality of Ms. Garcia's representation by Phillips, Erlewine & Given LLP, the Court awarded Ms. Garcia attorneys' fees and the right to the remainder of the dissolution agreement, totaling more than $4.5 million. The case was followed by local and national media, broadcast live on Court TV, and covered by leading news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The San Francisco Chronicle and The American Lawyer. Following settlement of Ms. Garcia's claims against the estate, the firm took on the representation of the majority of Jerry Garcia's heirs (including his daughters and brother), and later helped to establish the Jerry Garcia Estate LLC for the post-estate administration of Jerry's invaluable intellectual property rights.