Philip Batchelder practices in trust and estate planning, trust and probate litigation, guardianship, and elder care matters. He has a particular interest in matters involving incapacity and medical decision-making. 

In 2009, he graduated from the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he is now an adjunct faculty member. While a student, he clerked for the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Philip is a volunteer community member of the Ethics Committee of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He is also a member of East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers (EBTEL) and has served on its board.

Prior to entering legal practice, he was the executive director of San Bruno Mountain Watch, a conservation group. He now serves on the board of Healing Muses.


  • Annual update author (with others) for California Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).

  • The Evolution and Use of the POLST—Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment—in California, Carolyn West, Esq., co-author, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly (Vol. 24, Issue 2, 2018).

  • Dust in the Wind? The Bell Tolls for Crematory Mercury, Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal (August 2008).