Legal Team

Steven Gibbs, Founder, CEO & Managing Attorney.  Steven might not be described as your typical attorney… He strives to maintain an unpretentious approach to educating and helping clients.  Steven’s goal is not to proffer lofty legal theories but rather to pursue your expectations with a professional conversation offered to educate and foster mutual understanding.  It’s your life and Steven considers it his job to help make your legal expectations a reality through the wise application of experience and comprehensive legal knowledge. Steven was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1999, the Florida Bar in 2007 and was admitted to the California bar in 2014. Keeping abreast of estate planning law in these three States has offered Steven and the firm a unique perspective of this area of law.

Along his career path, Steven was an associate attorney for an insurance defense law firm; a real estate negotiator for Target Corporation; corporate counsel for Civix, LLC and Vice President, Legal Operations, for North American Properties – Southeast.  Prior to opening Gibbs Law Office, PLLC, Steven was an associate with the firm of Roberts & Englevalson, P.A. where he gleaned knowledge of trusts, estate planing and Wills at a young age.

Steven opened his own firm in 2008 and now focuses on laws that will enrich the needs of his clients throughout their lives and those of their children.  The firm has developed a practice focusing only on estate planning matters such as:  Trusts and Estate Planning, Wills, Medicaid Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, Business Law and Probate.

In Steven’s words:  “I decided to practice in areas that families will need as they progress down life’s path.  To help them with a solid foundation that will carry them throughout there lives is a rewarding experience for me and my staff.

Gene Ross, Director of Legal Services.  Gene Ross came to the Gibbs Law Office from another influential estate planning and elder law firm. Gene has over 10 years experience individually in the areas of Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, and Elder Law Planning.  Gene is committed to offering clients an educational, compassionate and comfortable experience. Gene is in consistent communication with Steven Gibbs and this makes him an integral part of Steve Gibbs law practice and the high level of service offered by CircleofTrustLaw.


Amy Brower, Bookkeeping and Financial Accounts – External Support Team.  Amy began her career in 1992 at Capital One Bank in Springfield, MO, in the accounting department after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Missouri State University. Amy took the plunge into business ownership in 2011 in starting Freelance Bookkeeping to provide small business owners with a full range of bookkeeping and financial support services. In 2008, Amy and her family relocated to Cape Coral, Florida, after vacationing in this area for many years and falling in love with the SW Florida community. Amy took the plunge into business ownership in 2011 in starting Freelance Bookkeeping to provide small business owners with a full range of bookkeeping and financial support services. Shortly thereafter, Amy began serving law firm as the primary external partner for bookkeeping and financial support services.

Debbie Phillips, Probate and Trust Administration Paralegal – External Support Team.  Debbie began her career in 1994 as a paralegal. Debbie received her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Southwest Florida College, graduating with honors in 1995. While completing the program, she received two “Outstanding Citizen and Cooperation” awards. In 2000, Debbie concentrated her focus in the areas of trusts, probate, and guardianship administration matters. With over twenty years working with probate and trust attorneys and their clients, Debbie has assisted in settling hundreds of cases from their commencement to their conclusion. She has worked on estates of all sizes and values from insolvent estate to multi-million-dollar estates. Debbie has provided trust and estate paralegal support to the law firm as an external partner since 2014.


CircleofTrustLaw is a California estate planning law firm managed by Steve Gibbs, an experienced California estate attorney with offices in California and Florida. The firm provides complete Estate Planning, Business Planning, Asset Protection, Elder Planning, Probate and Trust Administration legal services throughout the Orange County area and most legal services are available statewide in California.

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I would highly recommend Steven Gibbs and his staff for your Estate Planning and Asset Protection needs. They are available to ensure you are comfortable and confident in the decisions you make. The personalized service you receive from Steven and his staff is like no other I have experienced.

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I am a client of Steve Gibbs. Originally a County Commissioner from Colorado, I had little knowledge of local laws. Not only did they prepare my trust but educated me relative to becoming a resident. It is with utmost admiration that I recommend this firm.

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As a family man and business owner, I found that the team at Circle of Trust Law has handled my various legal planning needs with competence and compassion.

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I am a busy physician in need of estate planning. Circle of Trust Law worked with my financial advisor to ascertain that my assets were properly placed in my Trust. Not only did they accomplish the task, but brought all documents to my home so they could be executed during my busy schedule.

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My wife and I met the team of Circle of Trust Law at a Senior Expo. My wife has early stages of alzheimer’s and it was great that they had such compassion for a simple Will. They continue to think of us and called us relative to possible VA benefits. Thanks Linda and Gene.

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As an investor, it is imperative that I have an attorney ready, willing and able to meet all my real estate needs. Circle of Trust Law is such an attorney. I use their services to hold all my properties in Land Trusts owned by LLC’s. It is great to use an attorney who understands my needs.