Jessica E. Phillips
Areas of Practice
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern Law Review
Northwestern University, B.A., with honors, Political Science, 2002
Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 2007-2008
Hon. Joel M. Flaum, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006-2007
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals: Second and Eleventh circuits
United States District Courts: Eastern District of Michigan
Jessica Phillips, counsel in the Washington, D.C. office, is a complex commercial litigator who has litigated and tried a wide variety of cases in federal and state courts, including disputes related to contract law, business torts, securities fraud, employment law, and constitutional law. Ms. Phillips has also represented clients facing government investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), export controls and trade sanctions, and a variety of other regulatory regimes.
Ms. Phillips' recently joined the firm after practicing at a large Washington, D.C. law firm. Ms. Phillips has amassed significant trial and arbitration experience during her career. Ms. Phillips defended a hospital company in a billion dollar trial over ownership of a hospital that resulted in a complete defense victory. Ms. Phillips also represented the U.S. services business of a major British multinational defense technology company at trial over an earn-out provision that also resulted in a complete defense victory. Most recently, Ms. Phillips successfully represented a Fortune 100 telecom company in an arbitration against another Fortune 100 telecom company involving breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and deceptive trade practices claims.
Ms. Phillips' litigation experience also includes representation of a tobacco company in a successful First Amendment challenge to a federal regulation requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warnings on cigarette packages; representation of a CEO in litigation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging disclosure and accounting fraud that resulted in a favorable settlement; representation of an e-cigarette manufacturer on the scope of the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory authority over e-cigarettes, which the Wall Street Journal identified as a "bet-the-industry case. Ms. Phillips also has experience with the federal Anti-kickback Statute, the Stark Laws and the federal False Claims Act.
In addition to her trial work, Ms. Phillips has extensive experience representing clients in appeals. She has briefed cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Vance v. Ball State University, one of the most closely watched employment discrimination cases in recent years. She has also worked on appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Phillips served as lead counsel and argued a pro bono ERISA case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2012.
Ms. Phillips has also represented clients in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prior to private practice, Ms. Phillips was a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable Joel M. Flaum of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Law Board Member, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law