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Steven Fingerhut - Lawyer Monthly

Steven Fingerhut Interview Appears in Lawyer Monthly

Steven Fingerhut is an employment litigation associate at Phillips & Associates. Super Lawyers has named Mr. Fingerhut a Rising Star. He belongs to the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He vigorously represents people who have suffered from workplace discrimination and harassment and need a New York City employment attorney to safeguard their rights. At one trial, he and his co-counsel secured a $77,054.54 judgement for a client claiming damages for wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination. Recently, Mr. Fingerhut appeared in Lawyer Monthly to talk about sex discrimination. Read More…

Bill Phillips - Downtown Magazine

Downtown Magazine on Bill Phillips

Your work is an important part of your life. Most employees go to work hoping to be judged based on the quality of their work performance, rather than their identity. There are multiple federal and state laws in place to protect employees from employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Unfortunately, employers sometimes do make decisions based on bias rather than merit. Recently, Downtown Magazine published an article on Bill Phillips, who has been fighting for employees wronged by their employers for almost a decade. If you have faced employment discrimination or other forms of mistreatment, you should consult Bill Phillips and his team of New York City employment attorneys about your situation. Read More…

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Steven Siegler Discusses Age Discrimination with Lawyer Monthly

The magazine Lawyer Monthly recently spoke to employment litigator Steven Siegler of Phillips & Associates about age discrimination and what an employee’s rights are if they have been told that they are too old for a job. Mr. Siegler is an experienced employment attorney who handles cases in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Often, he handles discrimination cases related to age, gender, race, or a disability, but he also handles severance and executive compensation issues. Read More…

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

New York City Commission on Human Rights Hearing on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination on January 30, 2019

On January 30, 2019, the New York City Human Rights Commission teamed up with the CUNY School of Law, the Commission on Gender Equity, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to convene a hearing on pregnancy and caregiver discrimination. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss issues that nursing mothers, caregivers, and pregnant women face on a daily basis in the workplace. Although there are federal, state, and local laws in place to protect you as a pregnant woman or a caregiver, discrimination on these grounds still occurs. Greater protections may be needed. If you face pregnancy or caregiver discrimination on the job, you should consult our experienced New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys. Read More…

Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Appears on Fox News

At the end of 2019, an organization that is anti-LGBTQ filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Hope Family Ministries, which is a child welfare agency licensed by the state of New York. The lawsuit focuses on the state of New York’s position that the agencies that it licenses are not allowed to discriminate against prospective parents who belong to certain protected categories. New Hope processes adoptions, and it refuses to permit same-sex couples to interview to be adoptive or foster parents. The lawsuit claims that the state of New York has threatened to cut funding and will force the agency to immediately phase out its adoption program, and that this threat is a violation of the child welfare agency’s rights of religion, equal protection, speech, and association. New Hope takes the position that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services singled it out as a religious nonprofit for its policy that denies same-sex and single people an opportunity to interview to adopt or adopt. Read More…

Westchester Magazine Super Lawyers

Phillips & Associates Featured in Westchester Magazine 'Super Lawyers' Section

Recently, Westchester Magazine featured our attorneys in a special “Super Lawyers” section that focused on Top Attorneys in the Westchester area. Shown in the photograph were Silvia Stanciu, William Phillips, Brittany Stevens, and Parisis G. Filippatos. Phillips & Associates is a law firm that represents clients in a wide array of employment discrimination and workplace harassment matters. Our Westchester County employment lawyers handle claims arising out of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual harassment, age, and sexual orientation, among other traits. Read More…

Gerry Filippatos

Parisis Filippatos Discusses Clergy Sex Abuse Cases with Bloomberg Law

One of our Westchester County employment attorneys, Parisis G. Filippatos, recently joined a group of other attorneys who spoke to Bloomberg Law about how clergy sex abuse cases are parallel to doctor assault lawsuits. The Catholic Church has provided settlements to resolve accusations that it ignored decades of clergy sexual abuse. Attorneys who represent sexual harassment and abuse victims explained that the practice by Catholic dioceses of setting up funds to be distributed to abuse victims by a special master or neutral mediator has translated effectively to the health care setting. Read More…

Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Discusses Hate Crimes and Race Discrimination After Jussie Smollet Assault

Recently, there has been an increase in reports of hate crimes based on a victim’s race. Jussie Smollett, who acts on “Empire,” was recently victimized in a racist and homophobic attack in an Illinois city. Two masked men shouted racist slurs and the words “MAGA country,” among other things. A noose was placed around his neck, and a substance was poured on him. There is an ongoing investigation into this episode as a hate crime. Read More…

Gerry Filippatos

Parisis Filippatos Discusses Employment at Will for

No employee can be 100% secure at work, particularly in jurisdictions that strongly favor employment at will. Under the at will doctrine, if an employee does not have a written employment contract, and the term of employment does not have a definite end date, the employer is allowed to terminate the employee without cause. A Westchester County employment lawyer at Phillips & Associates, Parisis G. Filippatos, recently wrote an article about how to protect yourself against the application of the employment at will doctrine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. The article appears in Read More…


Marjorie Mesidor Appears on Cheddar TV

Employers host holiday parties to boost employee morale. Unfortunately, some employees use the party as an excuse to act inappropriately. Sometimes, actionable sexual harassment and other harassment occur at office holiday parties. Recently, Marjorie Mesidor, a New York City employment lawyer at Phillips & Associates, appeared on Cheddar TV to discuss the dos and don'ts of celebrating holidays at work and how to report harassment that occurred at a holiday party. Read More…

Silvia Stanciu

Silvia Stanciu Appears on Fox News Debate

After some video footage of Catholic high school students in MAGA hats went viral, media figures and Twitter users called for the students to be doxxed, shamed, and punished because the partial footage appeared to depict the students harassing a Native American veteran. The partial footage did not show the full sequence of events, and there remain controversies about how to interpret the full footage. New York City employment attorney Silvia Stanciu at Phillips & Associates recently appeared in a debate on Fox News. Read More…

Jessica Massimi

Jessica Massimi Discusses Sex Discrimination in Lawyer Monthly Article

Sometimes employees are not sure whether they are dealing with discrimination in their workplace. Recently, New York City employment attorney Jessica Massimi from Phillips & Associates spoke to Lawyer Monthly about what workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination are. She also discussed what your rights are if you are a victim of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.

Jessica Massimi explained that people of all genders and sexual orientations can experience gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Read More…

Siobhan Klassen and Irene Chan on Today's Verdict

New York Employment Attorneys Discuss Overtime Violations on Today's Verdict

Two attorneys from Phillips & Associates, Siobhan Klassen and Irene Chan, appeared on the show Today's Verdict, hosted by trial attorney David Lesch, to discuss wage and hour law. Our New York City employment lawyers explained the main rules and exemptions related to wage and overtime laws. Read More…

Silvia Stanciu

Silvia Stanciu's Article on Racial Discrimination

Silvia StanciuRacism remains a prevalent issue in workplaces. It can undermine your professional life. Employers are not permitted to treat employees differently based on their race with regard to compensation, benefits, training, discipline, evaluation, bonuses, or promotions. Racial harassment is also a notable form of race discrimination. At Phillips & Associates, our New York City race discrimination lawyers provide knowledgeable representation in these claims. Recently, Silvia Stanciu of Phillips & Associates wrote an article in Lawyer Monthly about signs of racial discrimination at work and how to address them. Read More…

Phillips & Associates Law Firm 500 Award Committee

Phillips & Associates Featured Among 2018 Law Firm 500 Award Honorees

Phillips & Associates Law Firm 500 Award CommitteeOn October 8, 2018, the Law Firm 500 Award Committee announced a list of 2018 Honorees. It included New York City law firm Phillips & Associates on its 3rd Annual Law Firm 500 Honorees List. The list is published yearly to recognize law firms that have grown significantly in revenue. The honorees were verified by outside certified accounting firms and are considered beacons for the legal industry, exemplifying dedication to client service and excellence in operations, as well as innovation. Our New York City employment lawyers were proud to be featured on this list. We serve employees bringing discrimination and sexual harassment claims across three states. Read More…

Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Discusses Workplace Abuse with Downtown Magazine

Often, when people think of bullying, they think of children or young adults, as well as online or physical abuse. After the #MeToo movement went viral, it became easier for some people to speak out about abuse in the workplace. Unfortunately, many adults continue to be abused in the workplace. They may be fearful about their jobs, and the lines may not be clear. It can be hard to figure out where abuse begins and when an employer is entitled to reprimand an employee. Marjorie Mesidor answered some questions for Downtown Magazine, and her comments may clarify some of these lines. If you are concerned about workplace abuse and believe that you may have a claim, you should consult the New York City harassment lawyers at Phillips & Associates about your rights. What is Bullying?... Read More…

Employment Discrimination Lawyers

Your Defense Against Discrimination

Recently, Phillips & Associates' managing partner, William K. Phillips, spoke to Downtown Magazine about on-the-job harassment in New York City. Phillips & Associates is one of the largest plaintiffs' side employment law firms in the New York metro area. Our New York City employment lawyers have substantial experience representing victims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Phillips explained that discrimination and harassment are two different things. Discrimination occurs when somebody is treated adversely because of a protected characteristic. Meanwhile, harassment is usually offensive conduct that insults or degrades somebody else. It can include physical threats and assaults. Read More…

Gerry Filippatos

Gerry Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates and Nina Pirrotti spoke about Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases

Gerry Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates and Nina Pirrotti spoke about Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases at the National Employment Lawyers Association Fall Conference: Harnessing the #MeToo Momentum, which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 12-13, 2018. In their talk, they provided a roadmap for representing sexual harassment victims from pre-suit through litigation and trial, including intake, considerations in deciding whether to represent a sexual harassment client, informing the client about the challenges of litigating a sexual harassment case, when the best opportunities for settlement exist, dealing with treating doctors and the client's pre-existing conditions, and preparing the client for deposition and trial

Greg Kirschenbaum

Greg Kirschenbaum discusses "Disability in the Workplace" with Lawyer Monthly Magazine

Recently, the magazine Lawyer Monthly spoke with New York City employment lawyer Gregory W. Kirschenbaum, a member of our team at Phillips & Associates, about disability discrimination and the rights that disabled employees in New York have if they ask their employers for a reasonable accommodation. Mr. Kirschenbaum has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in 2017 and 2018 by New York Super Lawyers for his contributions in employment discrimination law. He has also been awarded the “Lead Counsel” rating in Labor & Employment Law for 2018. Along with his trial experience, Mr. Kirschenbaum has litigated numerous cases in both State and Federal courts handling all types of discrimination cases, as well as wage and hour claims. In 2015, Mr. Kirschenbaum was co-trial counsel that won a $2.2M jury verdict in a race discrimination case in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Kirschenbaum explained that disability discrimination can be more complex than some other types of discrimination. Read More…

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$2.3 Million Dollar Verdict in a Race and National Origin Discrimination Case

Manhasset, New York., September 21, 2018 - Phillips & Associates, PLLC, a leading boutique employment discrimination law firm, today announced that following a 6-day trial, a jury in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, unanimously found that Plaintiff Neil Sooroojballie was subject to a hostile work environment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey based on his race and national origin by his former supervisor, Gary Fratalli. After deliberating for less than three hours, the jury returned a verdict in Plaintiff's favor awarding compensatory damages in the amount of $2,160,000.00 against Defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and punitive damages in the amount of $150,000.00 against Gary Fratalli, alone. Mr. Sooroojballie's trial team was lead by Marjorie Mesidor, a Partner at the firm. Associates Brittany Stevens, Yusha Hiraman, and paralegals Kevin Guaranda and Candy Hernandez were all integral parts of the legal team. To learn more about Phillips & Associates, PLLC please visit our website.

For Phillips & Associates, PLLC this verdict further demonstrates the level of employee side advocacy and representation that clients can expect from our attorneys. To date, Phillips and Associates, PLLC has recovered over $85,000,000 in verdicts and settlements.

Three Phillips & Associates Attorneys Featured in US Business News Article

Three Phillips & Associates Attorneys Featured in US Business News Article

Recently, three New York employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates appeared in a US Business News article. Our firm was described as "constantly striving for the pinnacle of success in representing each and every client." The article highlighted the diversity of our attorneys and the varied backgrounds that we bring to bear on each employment dispute that we handle. It also discussed our beliefs that there is no case too novel to ask a jury to resolve and that there is no case too small to pursue in federal court. Read More…

Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blog

Phillips & Associates' Blog Selected as a Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blog by Feedspot

Recently, Phillips & Associates' blog was chosen by Feedspot as one of the Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blogs on the Internet. Using search and social metrics, Feedspot culled the best sexual harassment blogs from thousands of sexual harassment blogs on the web. The blogs are ranked in terms of quality and consistency of posts, as well as editorial review, Google search ranking, Google reputation, and their influence and popularity on social media. Read More…

Parisis Filippatos

Attorney Parisis Filippatos Appears on Cover of US Business News

Recently, Parisis Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates, appeared on the cover of US Business News. He discussed with the magazine how our New York employment attorneys are re-energizing the field of plaintiff's employment law. US Business News is a magazine geared toward decision makers, game changers, and dealmakers in the market. Among its subscribers are CEOs, partners, owners, managers, presidents, litigators, directors, and mediators. The magazine focuses on new developments in the contemporary business landscape. Read More…

Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Ex-Friars Club executive chef says he was fired after getting sick

A chef claims the Friars Club played a sick joke on him — failing to pay for his medical insurance and firing him after he fell ill and racked up $400,000 in bills.

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Marjorie Mesidor - Most Influential Woman in Employment Discrimination Law 2018 - New York in the 2018 Global Excellence program by Global Media Ltd.

New York City employment lawyer Marjorie Mesidor of Phillips & Associates was recently named the Most Influential Woman in Employment Discrimination Law in New York in the 2018 Global Excellence Program. The program is run by Global Media Ltd. Ms. Mesidor has sued businesses of many different sizes, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, on behalf of clients who have suffered from employment discrimination in New York City and surrounding areas. Read More...

Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Lawyer Monthly Interviews Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Recently, Lawyer Monthly interviewed Brittany Alexandra Stevens, a New York City employment attorney at Phillips & Associates. Ms. Stevens is a passionate litigator who was recognized this year as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers. This year, she was also recognized as a "Best Attorney" by the American Institute of Legal Counsel and the Best Attorneys of America Association. She has also been added as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in which she is recognized as one of America's top trial lawyers. Ms. Stevens represents clients who experience sexual harassment in the workplace or in a public accommodation. Read More…

Marjorie Mesidor, Silvia Stanciu, and Erica Shnayder Phillips & Associates Attorneys Win Women in Law Award

Marjorie Mesidor, Silvia Stanciu, and Erica Shnayder are employment attorneys at the law firm of Phillips & Associates. They were recently recognized with a 2018 Women in Law award from Lawyer Monthly for their outstanding legal representation of clients victimized by sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected categories. Read More…

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Victory in Groundbreaking Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim

In June 2018, our firm won a groundbreaking victory that sets an important precedent. The District Court of the Eastern District of New York ruled that a hug-from-behind by a supervisor in the workplace can establish a hostile work environment for sexual harassment claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII has a high bar for sexual harassment claims, so this is a critical decision for civil rights in the workplace. Read More...

William Phillips Profiled in Lawyer Monthly

William K. Phillips Profiled in Lawyer Monthly

Lawyer Monthly recently profiled William K. Phillips, our firm's founder and a renowned New York City employment lawyer. He provided the magazine with an overview of employment law in New York. As Mr. Phillips explained, employment in New York is at will, which means that an employee can quit at any time, but an employer can also fire an employee at any time for any reason. Read More...

Phillips & Associates Appears on the Cover of Lawyer Monthly

Phillips & Associates Appears on the Cover of Lawyer Monthly

Phillips & Associates recently appeared on the cover of the magazine Lawyer Monthly. This is a monthly legal publication that features legal news from around the world. The publication creates, follows, and reports legal news, and it provides insightful commentary on the contemporary legal landscape. The magazine profiled three highly experienced New York City employment lawyers, William K. Phillips, Marjorie Mesidor, and Bryan Arce, for the cover story. Read More...

Bryan Arce
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Bryan Arce Interviewed in Downtown Magazine

Downtown Magazine recently interviewed New York City employment attorney Bryan Arce, a member of Phillips & Associates, about sexual harassment. Although the #MeToo social media movement has given many people who have faced sexual harassment a platform to voice their experiences, many other still fear coming forward. Being vocal about workplace sexual harassment can result in a lost job, a derailed career, or immigration complications. Read More...

Silvia Stanciu

13 Facts You Should Know About age Discrimination

Silvia Stanciu, one of the New York City employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates, was interviewed about workplace age discrimination by Downtown Magazine. Like the other litigators at Phillips & Associates, Ms. Stanciu is dedicated to fighting against workplace discrimination. She handles lawsuits arising from situations in which employers fail to meet their legal obligations toward their employees. Read More...

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Employment Discrimination Attorney of the Year in New York, 2018

In 2018, William Phillips won Corporate International’s award for Employment Discrimination Attorney of the Year in New York. Mr. Phillips is the managing partner of Phillips & Associates, which consists of New York employment attorneys who handle discrimination and harassment lawsuits, among other claims, on behalf of employees. Mr. Phillips also was chosen as a Top 100 Employment Lawyer in New York by the American Society of Legal Advocates in both 2017 and 2018. He remains a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is a prestigious trial lawyers’ group. In 2017, the firm was also chosen as one of the 10 Best Employment Law Firms in New York by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its litigation work. Read More...

Bryan Arce
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Sexual Harassment attorney Bryan Arce on # MeToo and Workplace Harassment in Humans of Downtown., Downtown Magazines online edition.

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Erica Shnayder

Phillips & Associates is pleased to announce Erica Shnayder has been certified as a member of the " Multi-Million Dollar Advocates" Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 5000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Ms. Shnayder has obtained significant awards and settlements for her clients. Notably, Ms. Shnayder obtained a $4.25 million verdict against New York Presbyterian Hospital which was the highest employment law verdict of 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Shnayder was named a "Rising Star" by New York Super Lawyers* for her work in Plaintiff's employment litigation. Ms. Shnayder was also recognized as a "Top 40 Lawyer Under 40" by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Erica Shnayder is a discrimination lawyer at the Princeton, New Jersey law firm of Phillips & Associates. She handles workplace discrimination & sexual harassment cases including, discrimination based on race, religion, gender, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation and national origin, and also overtime violations.

Erica Shnayder was selected to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership to the forum is issued by Million Dollar Advocates Forum. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Million Dollar Advocates website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Victory for Ms. Weng and Our Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys

Following a three-day jury trial held before District Judge Arthur D. Spatt, our discrimination attorney, Steven Fingerhut, obtained a judgment in the amount of $77,054.64, including attorney fees and costs, for a client who was discriminated against by her supervisor, Winnie Li, and ultimately terminated from her employment from Fancy Lee Sushi Bar and Grill, based on her gender and pregnancy. Our attorneys successfully presented sufficient evidence and testimony for the jury to return a verdict in Plaintiff's favor, achieving justice for their client. Weng v. Fancy Lee Sushi Bar & Grill, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183657 (E.D.N.Y., Nov. 18, 2017).

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Phillips & Associates Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2017 AIOLC’s 10 Best Labor & Employment Attorney in New York For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of New York’s Labor & Employment Law Firm, Phillips & Associates as 2017 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of Top 10 Labor & Employment Attorney in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOLC's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOLC’s independent evaluation. AIOLC's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOLC places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Labor & Employment without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate the Phillips & Associates on this achievement and we are honored to have their as a 2017 AIOLC Member. You can contact William Phillips directly at (212) 248-7431 or through our website.

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Client Reviews
I was a client with this law firm. I can't stress enough how awesome and professional the people are here. Silvia & Erica made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I never had to guess anything. Anytime I call, emailed, or even texted. They were always there. If not they would get back to me as soon as possible. My case was not an easy situation for me but I tell you these guys made it seem like it was. I'm so glad that I use Phillip & Phillip. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have met such awesome, honest, and caring people. Thank you again. Djuana
I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana
They were articulate, compassionate, persistent, and they wrote superbly. I felt as if they were truly in my corner, and I have recommended them to others. Susan
Mr. Phillips' law firm is dedicated to providing excellent service. Your case is explained step by step. All questions and concerns are addressed promptly and accurately. I am extremely satisfied and highly recommend Mr. Phillips. Ingrit