Phil focuses his practice on commercial and tort litigation. His experience involves more than 20 trials covering a variety of issues, including high-value commercial disputes, employment disputes, fiduciary disputes, product liability, and professional malpractice. Most of his cases involve jury trials, but he has also won administrative actions and arbitrations.
Phil often views litigation cases as though he’s putting together a puzzle he must correctly complete before opposing counsels finish theirs. While the specifics of each case are rarely the same, his approach of learning and catering to clients’ businesses, operations, goals, and needs remains consistent.
He practices in both state and federal courts. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in the following industries: banking, telecommunications, software development, franchising, construction, trucking, legal services, and food services. He has experience pursuing breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of businesses and has won millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. He also advises corporate clients facing regulatory investigations. Recently, Phil has developed experience advising clients in cybersecurity and data privacy, an area in which he is extremely passionate. He has spoken at local and national seminars on litigation matters, and he is a nationally published author.
Phil also has a passion for providing pro bono legal services to the indigent. He has successfully defended a capital murder case, represented victims of human trafficking, and represented numerous indigent federal criminal defendants through the Criminal Justice Act. Phil was honored with the Liberation Award from Kentucky Rescue and Restore.
In addition to practicing law, Phil chaired the Board of Directors at Holy Cross High School during a period of unparalleled advancement in fundraising and enrollment for the school. As current president of the Board of Directors at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, he is guiding the charity through an unprecedented $21 million capital campaign, including the purchase of a $3.6 million historic building Phil negotiated and closed on behalf of the charity.
- Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (J.D., 1997)
- St. Louis University (B.A., 1992)
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- Leadership Louisville, Class of 2010
- Holy Cross High School, Board of Directors, chairman
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, Board Governance Committee, chair
- Legal Aid Society, volunteer lawyer
- Louisville Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
- Kentucky Super Lawyers®