Nicole Phillis is a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex litigation in federal and state court, on a broad range of matters, including trade secret and employee mobility, media and entertainment law, and governmental investigations.
Ms. Phillis attended Providence College, followed by Emory University School of Law. At Emory, Ms. Phillis served as the executive articles editor of the Emory Law Journal and received the Charles Watkins Scholarship. She graduated Order of the Coif and with high honors. After law school, Ms. Phillis clerked for the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Phillis published "When Sixteen Ain't So Sweet: Re-thinking the Regulation of Adolescent Sexuality" in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law in 2010. Also in 2010, Ms. Phillis authored the foreword to the Feminism & Legal Theory volume of the Emory Law Journal. Ms. Phillis served as a contributing editor on the forthcoming third edition of Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California.
Ms. Phillis maintains an active pro bono practice and recently co-authored amicus briefs in the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits in support of marriage equality. In her civic life, Ms. Phillis is a supporter of tenant rights in Santa Monica and is a candidate for the Santa Monica Rent Control Board in the November 2014 election. She presently serves as chair of the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women.