COVID -19 STATUS UPDATE

Everyone is back in the office working, but we are taking necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. When visiting our office, you will find the following:

  1. Hand sanitizer, disposable face masks, and disinfectant wipes are available for your use.
  2. Every visitor MUST wear a face mask while inside the office without exception.
  3. Your temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer, and if you have a fever or demonstrate other symptoms of COVID-19, we will ask you to reschedule at least 2 weeks out.
  4. Every attorney and staff person will wear a face mask when meeting with you.
  5. Social Distancing by at least 6 feet will be observed during all meetings.

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We are client friendly. We are not COVID-19 friendly. Please expect us to enforce these rules.

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Our attorneys draw upon their diverse backgrounds to provide strategic and creative solutions to complex legal problems. Our diversity includes backgrounds in engineering and business to political science, education, mathematics, insurance and journalism. As trial lawyers, we have nearly 100 years of combined legal experience. We thoroughly analyze each and every detail to craft solid legal strategies that are aimed at results - while remaining well-grounded in the law. Our attention to detail has helped not only to achieve results, but also to shape and define the law. 

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Practice Areas:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Accidents
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurance Claims
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trucking Accident Law

Biography

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 PERSONAL 

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Phillips received a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering. He worked as an engineer in Cincinnati, Boston and Minneapolis prior to practicing law. As an engineer he was responsible for Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance at three nuclear power plants. Mr. Phillips received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. While living in Minnesota, he was appointed twice by Governor Rudolph Perpich to serve on the Hazardous Substance Injury compensation Board where he was Vice Chairman. He left Minnesota to join the litigation department of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister where he focused his practice on environmental law and litigation. In 1994, he left Taft, Stettinius and Hollister to become managing partner of what is now Phillips Law Firm, Inc. He is actively involved in his community where he has been President of the Hamilton County Board of Health, President of the Park W. Gast, Jr. Education Foundation, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Chapter of Triangle, Inc. (an engineering, architecture and science fraternity at the University of Cincinnati), and President and Founder of a continuing legal education provider known as the Northeast Lawyers Club. He is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and serves on the environmental law committee, professional responsibility and ethics committee, and real estate committee. He is also a member of the Ohio Free and Accepted Masons and the Syrian Shrine in Cincinnati, Ohio.Mr. Phillips handles a wide variety of cases for clients. He handles personal injury cases, business disputes, legal malpractice, and bad faith insurance claims. He has litigated cases from Texas to Minnesota, and from New York to Oregon. He represents businesses and individual clients in the areas of personal injury , business disputes, legal malpractice, insurance claims, construction law and building code compliance, real estate law and development, landlord-tenant, business formations, non-profit corporations, and estate planning. Mr. Phillips also has significant experience handling complex litigation such as fires and explosions. He has handled environmental issues including clients with issues regarding the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Atomic Energy Act, and National Environmental Policy Act, to name a few.

INTERESTING EXPERIENCE 

He is an experienced litigator and trial attorney with multiple bench trials, jury trials, and administrative hearings too numerous to count including legal malpractice, medical malpractice, personal injury, contract, business, environmental law, and zoning. He has drafted many ordinances including an anti-nuisance zoning ordinance for a local village to prevent undesirable businesses from moving into an area, an environmental justice ordinances to prevent the spread of environmental hazards on low income areas, and regulations on rabies, sewage disposal and other public health issues. He has brought private enforcement cases against government officials that ultimately resulted in the felony conviction and five-year prison sentence of a City Mayor. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Biology Department teaching "Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers", and he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department teaching "Reactor Lab" and "Radiation Detection and Measurement."

EDUCATION 

William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, MN - 1989. Received Juris Doctor by attending law school evenings while working full time as a nuclear engineer. University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH - 1984. Received a Master of Science in Engineering while attending on full scholarship as a Teaching Assistant and Associate Professor. University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH - 1982. Received a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering.

LAW RELATED WORK HISTORY 

Phillips Law Firm, Inc. Cincinnati, OH - 1994 - present. General practice law firm which has a very strong business law, personal injury, legal malpractice, environmental law, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy. Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, Cincinnati, OH - 1990 to 1994. Associate attorney practicing in the litigation department. Handled all aspects of environmental law, litigation, and regulatory compliance.

ENGINEERING RELATED WORK HISTORY

Northern States Power Company, Minneapolis, MN - 1979 to 1981 and 1984 to 1990. Senior Engineer with experience in Quality Assurance, Nuclear Fuel Management, Core Analysis, Safety Analysis, and Licensing. Yankee Atomic Electric Company, Framingham, MA - 1984. Loss of Coolant Accident Analysis and Thermal Hydraulic Engineer. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH - 1982 to 1983 Adjunct Professor in the nuclear engineering department. Cincinnati Gas and Electric, Cincinnati, OH - 1982. Nuclear Fuel Performance Engineer.

AUTHOR AND LECTURER

"Legal Alert," a monthly environmental column published in "Metal Finishing" magazine. Professionalism among lawyers - "What's wrong with us?" - An analysis on lawyers, litigating and public perception of lawyers. Ethics - "The year in review" an analysis of changes in the law affecting all lawyers. "Does RCRA Really Apply to Your Environmental Remediation?" Legal Analysis. "Potential Contractor Liabilities and Indemnifications for the Environmental Restoration Management Contractor at the Fernald Environmental Management Project" Legal Analysis. "Decommissioning America's Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: Running the Regulatory Gamut" Engineering Analysis. "Reactor Coolant Pump Operation During Small Break Loss of Coolant Accidents at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant" Engineering Analysis. "Teaching Radiation Health Physics at the University Level. Education Analysis. " The University of Cincinnati was a recipient of a $30,000 grant based upon this work.

EXPERT WITNESS

He has testified in legal malpractice cases as to standard of care, reasonableness of attorney fees, and damages for both Plaintiff and Defense Cases.

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 1989
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1982
    • Major: Nuclear Engineering
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Master of Science in Engineering - 1984
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant and Associate Professor
    • Major: Nuclear Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1989
  • Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1990

Honors

  • Governor's Certificate of Commendation
  • National Triangle Fraternity Outstanding Alumnus Award

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati in the Biology Department teaching “Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers”
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, Nuclear Engineering Department teaching “Reactor Lab” and “Radiation Detection and Measurement", 1982 to 1984

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Hamilton County Board of Health, President
  • President of the Board of Trustees, Park W. Gast, Jr. Education Foundation
  • Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Chapter of Triangle, Inc.
  • Member, Ohio Free and Accepted Masons and the Syrian Shrine, Ohio

Published Works

  • “Legal Alert”, Metal Finishing magazine
  • Professionalism Among Lawyers – “What’s wrong with us?”
  • Ethics – “The Year in Review”
  • Legal Analysis – “Does RCRA Really Apply to Your Environmental Remediation?”
  • Legal Analysis – “Potential Contractor Liabilities and Indemnifications for the Environmental Restoration Management Contractor at the Fernald Environmental Management Project”
  • Legal Analysis – “Decommissioning America’s Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: Running the Regulatory Gamut”
  • Engineering Analysis – “Reactor Coolant Pump Operation During Small Break Loss of Coolant Accidents at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant”
  • Education Analysis – “Teaching Radiation Health Physics at the University Level”
  • Working Without a Net, CBA Report, October, 2014

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Triangle

Representative Clients

  • For reasons of confidentiality, we do not publish our clients' names.

Professional Associations

  • Hazardous Substance Injury Compensation Board, Vice Chairman, 1989 to 1990
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member, 1991
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, environmental law committee, 1991
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, professional responsibility and ethics committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, real estate committee
  • Ohio Free and Accepted Masons, Member

Ancillary Businesses

  • Legal Technicality, LLC

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner

Past Positions

  • Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, Cincinnati, OH, Associate Attorney, 1990 to 1994
  • Northern States Power Company, Minneapolis, MN, Senior Engineer, 1979 to 1981 and 1984 to 1990
  • Yankee Atomic Electric Company, Framingham, MA, Thermal Hydraulic Engineer
  • Cincinnati Gas and Electric, Cincinnati, OH, Nuclear Fuel Performance Engineer, 1982

Languages

  • English