Dean R. Phillips
Dean R. Phillips, a shareholder, practices in the areas of tort and general commercial litigation. Mr. Phillips has handled a wide range of medical malpractice, products liability, toxic tort and motor vehicle matters. He has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in several areas of professional malpractice, including attorney, accountant and medical malpractice.
Experienced in dispute resolution, he has frequently been retained by other law firms to resolve cases. His expertise as settlement counsel has successfully resulted in many negotiated settlements.Mr. Phillips is also Counsel to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and Orphan's Court Procedural Rules Committee, which draft statewide rules of procedure and make recommendations to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He also assists the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts on special projects, including the ad hoc Committee on Post-Trial Motions e-filing, and the Rules of Judicial Administration.
Mr. Phillips was also appointed by the Lower Gwynedd Township Supervisors to the Lower Gwynedd Township Parks and Recreation Board where he works to facilitate cooperation between local government, the private sector and youth sports organizations and to support local initiatives for hiking trails and bike trails in the Township. Mr. Phillips was recently "drafted" by the new board of the Lower Gwynedd Little League to Chair its Fund Raising Committee for the 2010 season and to draft a new Constitution and By-Laws for the League. Mr. Phillips is also an avid Court historian. His collection of historic Pennsylvania Court House post cards was recently featured in AOPC Connected, a quarterly publication circulated to the Pennsylvania Judiciary and Legislature.
He has presented lectures to the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges and to the Pennsylvania Superior Court's Heritage Conference on appellate practice, has co-authored articles for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on the Collateral Order Doctrine and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, and for the Law Enforcement and Assistance Administration on Local Jails.
Mr. Phillips has also served on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Professional Guidance Committee and Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and is a member of the Annual Fund Committee of The Springside School. Mr. Phillips has also served as a court appointed monitor for the Philadelphia School District in Human Relations Commission v. Philadelphia School District .A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University , he is a member of Lion's Paw. In 1973 he was the first Penn State undergraduate ever elected to the State College Borough Council. As the youngest elected official in the Commonwealth, he chaired the Borough's first Human Relations Committee. He also served as Vice Chair of the Center Regional Counsel of Governments Public Safety Committee and as a Member of the Airport Expansion Subcommittee. In 1969, he chaired the State College Area for the White House Conference on Children and Youth.
A cum laude graduate of Villanova Law School , he served as chairman of the Moot Court Board and where he was awarded the Herman J. Obert Corporation Award and the Hyman Goodman awarded to the graduating law student who has made an outstanding contribution to the law school in academic and extracurricular activities. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Phillips clerked for the late William D. Hutchinson, then a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and subsequently a judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, then a judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, subsequently a judge of the United Stated District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Phillips has been selected by Thomson Reuters (as recognized in Philadelphia Magazine and the Pennsylvania SuperLawyers publication) as "Top 100" lawyer in Pennsylvania, as well as "Top 100" lawyer in Philadelphia for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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