Jeffrey K. Phillips
(859) 219-8210
Office: Lexington
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Point Park College
Licensure: KY | WV
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Jeff Phillips concentrates his practice on complex and commercial litigation.  He represents businesses in claims of wrongful death, fraud, contract breach, deliberate intent, and serious personal injury.  He has tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts for nearly 25 years.  Jeff has also been involved in administrative and appellate proceedings.  He is the Managing Member of the firm's Lexington, Kentucky office.

Work Experience

1991 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Limiting Exposure to Section 105(c) Termination Claims in Light of Mine Closures and Employee Lay-offs," Kentucky Coal Association Annual Meeting, October 2015

MSHA Issues Panel, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Meeting, June 2015

"Recourse Against the Government: What can a mine operator do when an inspector acts arbitrarily?" Kentucky Coal Association Annual Meeting, October 2014

"MSHA Trends in Enforcement," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Kentucky, October 2014

"Hot Issues in Commission Litigation: Section 105(c) Developments," Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute, April 2014

"Legal Developments in Coal Mine Safety Law Since the Upper Big Branch Accident," Mountaineer CLE Series, 2012

"An Analysis of the Coal Mining Industry’s Overall Safety Performance," co-author, Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar 2010

Key Experience

Defended businesses in wrongful death lawsuits
Defended a product distributor in a quadriplegia claim
Represented a major coal operator in a multi-million dollar subsidence allegation

Memberships & Awards

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