Phil's practice focuses on commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has experience in a variety of complex litigation matters including complex class actions, business and contract disputes, employment matters, banking litigation, title disputes, insurance matters, construction, products liability, fraud, misrepresentation and other business torts.
As the Firm's Pro Bono Coordinator, Phil works with the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and other community organizations in providing Gordon Arata volunteer attorneys to low-income and elderly clients on a pro bono basis. Phil personally represents several pro bono clients in litigation and family law matters. Phil is also deeply involved in his church's community outreach activities, and helped host thousands of volunteers from around the country who assisted in the rebuilding of homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Phil graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School where he distinguished himself as the Champion of the 2003-2004 Tulane Senior Trial Competition. While at Tulane, he was also inducted into the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society recognizing those who excel in oral and written advocacy.
Before law school, Phil studied music and music business at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After graduation he worked for four years at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Phil still plays the trumpet in his spare time. He gravitates towards jazz music, which gives him a great appreciation and love of the New Orleans music scene.
Published Works & Presentations:
- Speaker, Don't Get Caught in a Covfefe: Social Media Traps, (Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Duck Lunch, October 2017)
- Co-Presenter, The Smooth Essence of Jazz - Depositions (The 2016 LSBA Jazz Fest Seminar, April 2016)
- Co-Presenter, Professionalism (The 63rd Mineral Law Institute, March 2016)
- "Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors," Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog, July 2015
- "Recent Department of Labor Enforcement Actions Against Oilfield Services Contractors," Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog, December 2014
- Presenter and Co-Author, Get Your Ducks in A Row - Recent Developments in State and Local Tax Litigation in Louisiana (Gordon Arata Annual Duck Lunch & Seminar, October 2014)
- Author, "The Fate of the Unpaid Intern - The Saga Continues," for the July Issue of The Federal Lawyer, Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog, August 2014
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Louisiana Super Lawyers - Business Litigation (2018)
- Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Star - Business Litigation (2014 and 2015)
- Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award (2014)
- New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award (2014)
- Martindale-Hubbell - AV Rated
- Pro Bono Project's Distinguished Service Award (2013)
- Listed in the A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
Articles Authored...The Fate of the Unpaid Intern - The Saga ContinuesSocial Media in the Workplace - Potential Traps for Employers and Employees