Overview

Phil is a partner in the Vorys Akron office in the litigation group.  His practice focuses on oil and gas litigation, toxic tort litigation and litigation in a variety of areas including environmental, bankruptcy, probate, product liability and general contract and commercial litigation.

Career highlights include:

  • representing client in arbitration of contract dispute involving design and construction of plant emission control system
  • representing client in jury trial in contract dispute involving breach of environmental warranties
  • representing energy clients in litigation throughout eastern Ohio in matters involving the exploration and production of the Utica shale and other mineral resources
  • representing client before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission in appeal involving PSD air permit for cracker plant
  • serving as national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company in toxic tort litigation
  • obtaining a jury verdict in excess of $14 million in a case brought by a non-profit organization against former trustees and officers
  • representing creditors and Chapter 11 debtors in bankruptcy reorganizations and adversary proceedings
  • pro bono representation of veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • participation in numerous jury trial, bench trial and arbitrations throughout Ohio

Phil is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations.

Phil has presented seminars on trial practice, regulation of oil and gas development and toxic tort litigation.

Honors & Recognitions

Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2010-2014, 2017-2018

Ohio Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2008, 2012-2015

The Best Lawyers in America, Akron Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year", 2014, 2017

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2007-2023; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2023; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2021; Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005-2007

Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation since 1995

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

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Education

The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1988, Order of the Coif

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1985, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable J. Craig Wright, Ohio Supreme Court, 1988-1989
  • The Honorable John D. Holschuh, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1989-1991
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