Mr. Phillips’s practice consists principally of complex civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts. He has been lead counsel in jury trials in both state and federal court. He has an extensive appellate practice, having argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, been counsel of record on numerous briefs in that Court and argued on many occasions in the California Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the California Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Phillips’s areas of practice include higher education, antitrust, unfair competition, First Amendment, intellectual property and general commercial litigation. He also does extensive litigation involving other constitutional issues, civil rights, election law and other public law issues. Mr. Phillips has represented companies in the entertainment, publishing, newspaper, computer, telecommunications, aerospace, financial, energy and education businesses; and he has also represented public universities and public school districts. Mr. Phillips is consistently ranked as a leading antitrust attorney by Chambers USA. He was also recognized as 2018 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year in Los Angeles by The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Phillips is the former co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he also served for years as a member of the executive committee and a regional vice chair. Mr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and served as a member of the board of directors of the California Bar Foundation. He served as president of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in 1992-1993.
Mr. Phillips was the 2018 recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in recognition of his career-long commitment to equal justice for all. He was the 1996 recipient of MALDEF’s Legal Services Award; and he has received the ACLU of Southern California’s Pro Bono Civil Rights Advocates Award, its Voting Rights Award, and its Equal Justice Award.
Mr. Phillips has done extensive legal and policy work in the areas of ethics in government, campaign finance and election law. He served from 1993-1996 as the chair of California Common Cause and for a dozen years as a member of the National Governing Board of Common Cause.