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, 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.

Work Experience

1991 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"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

"Flagrant Violations: How Have ALJs Interpreted Flagrant Under 30 U.S.C. §820(b)(2)," Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute 2012

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

"MSHA Training Program," Steptoe & Johnson 2010

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

"MSHA 2010," Lexington Coal Exchange 2010

"Handling MSHA 110(c) Investigations," Webinar 2010

"Documenting for Litigation," Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute 2010

"Flagrant Violations," EMLF 34th Mineral Law Conference 2009

"MSHA Assessments," Kanawha Valley Mining Institute 2009

"Pattern of Violations," 36th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium 2009

Key Experience

Defended businesses in wrongful death and paraplegia lawsuits
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

Memberships & Awards

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