Phillips Legal has a mission to provide its clients with an advantage through innovative, practical, and cost-effective solutions to your litigation needs. The firm brings many years of big-law experience representing the most sophisticated clients to a more personalized platform, providing clients with trial-tested skill and using cutting-edge technology. When you find yourself needing help in the courtroom, Phillips Legal has a proven track record handling business and real estate disputes and appeals.
James (“JP”) Phillips, the founding attorney at Phillips Legal, has developed a deep expertise in complex commercial litigation and appeals with an emphasis on breach of contract and business tort actions, including trade secret and non-compete disputes, business breakups, consumer protection violations, fraud, and theft. He has also handled numerous matters involving financial services and real estate litigation. His experience covers all phases of litigation, serving as trial counsel, arguing motions before state and federal courts, and handling appeals. This background allows Mr. Phillips to evaluate his clients’ cases with a critical eye towards developing strategies for cost-effective resolution through settlement or aggressive, contested litigation. Mr. Phillips has an uncanny ability to distill the most complex problems into easily understood concepts, highlighting his persuasion skills that have yielded consistently exceptional results in the most difficult cases.
Won a $1.3 million jury verdict for national insulation contracting company against former employees for violation of their non-competition agreements and defeated claim by one former employee seeking about $500,000 in allegedly owed bonuses
Prevailed on multiple dispositive motions that resulted in dismissal of all claims in two actions against law firm related to its handling of settlement proceeds from the Phillips v. AWH patent infringement case; argued appeal that resulted in affirmed summary judgment ruling
Successfully argued five straight appeals since Feb. 2014 with most recent victory involving a dispute between a former employer and employee where the Court of Appeals reversed much of the lower court’s bench trial ruling and reduced the employee’s award by over 85%
Secured summary judgment ruling in Colorado federal district court for a business on claims by former independent contractor for tortious interference with contract and civil conspiracy seeking six-figure damages
Prevailed in two-week arbitration defending malpractice claims seeking $7.8 million against international law firm arising from representation of departing employees in breach of fiduciary duty and trade secrets case and recovered $750,000 for firm in unpaid fees and costs
Trial counsel during arbitration hearing that resulted in a six-figure recovery for terminated executive seeking unpaid bonus and severance from his former employer
Served as the law clerk to the Honorable Sandra I. Rothenberg of the Colorado Court of Appeals that included reviewing trial court records and preparing draft opinions in 50 cases
Denver University Law Review, Symposium Editor
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