Jeffrey K. Phillips

Lexington, KY

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(859) 219-8210
Lexington, KY


Jeff Phillips concentrates his practice on complex and commercial litigation.  He represents businesses, particularly energy companies, in claims of wrongful death, fraud, deliberate intent, personal injury, and alleged violations of MSHA regulations. He has tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts for 20 years.  Jeff has also been involved in administrative and appellate proceedings.  He is the Managing Member of the firm's Lexington, Kentucky office.

Representative Experience

  • Defended businesses in wrongful death and paraplegia lawsuits
  • Represented numerous companies in contract disputes
  • Defended coal operators in fatality and injury investigations by MSHA, the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety & Licensing and the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety & Training
  • Represented companies charged with more than $1,000,000 in MSHA fines
  • Defended coal miners in decertification proceedings
  • Assisted mining companies in investigations of discrimination complaints
  • Defended coal companies in wrongful discharge cases
  • Represented a major coal operator in a dispute with MSHA concerning MSHA's search and inspection of employee's vehicle on mine property
  • Represented coal company in a "fugitive dust" case
  • Assisted coal mine operator in a potential pattern of violations (PPOV) matter
  • Defended national companies from claims of discrimination
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in serious personal injury cases
  • Represented coal companies before the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission regarding "flagrant violations," "imminent danger" orders, and forced production of company records
  • Involved in collaborative strategy sessions concerning "pattern of violations" issues
  • Defended coal operators in numerous Section 105 proceedings
  • Represented coal companies with pattern of violations issues, Part 50 audits, and 105(c) claims
  • Defended coal mine employees in decertification proceedings before the West Virginia Coal Mine Safety Board of Appeals
  • On-site assistance to mine operators during MSHA investigations following fatalities and traumatic injuries
  • Litigated 104(d) orders and 104(a) citations for mining companies
  • Handled multiple 110(c) special investigations representing mining companies and mine employees
  • Defended coal miners in criminal prosecutions arising from their work activities
  • Presented at many industry associations' legal training meetings and seminars

Professional Snapshot


  • J.D. University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. Point Park College


1991 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Super Lawyers®

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