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Jeff Phillips concentrates his practice on complex litigation.  He represents businesses, individuals, and governmental agencies in claims of wrongful death, fraud, contract breach, commercial disputes, unlawlful employment practices, business interruption, and serious personal injury.  Jeff has tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts for nearly 30 years.  Jeff has also been involved in administrative and appellate proceedings, plus Title IX hearings for institutions of higher education.  He is the Managing Member of the firm's Lexington, Kentucky office.

Memberships & Awards

Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.
Defense Research Institute
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2022-Present), Energy Law (2020-Present), Mining Law (2015-Present)
Best Lawyers® 2019 Lexington, KY, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®

Key Experience

Defended businesses, governmental entities, and non-profits in wrongful death lawsuits
Defended a product distributor, an international service provider, and mining companies in quadriplegia claims
Represented a major coal operator in a multi-million dollar subsidence allegation

Work Experience

1991 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

Steptoe & Johnson's Corporate Representative Depositions Training, February 2020

"Drones - Safety Benefits and Legal Challenges," Marshall University Safety Conference, September 2019

"Drone Law," Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, April 2018

"Flagrant Violations," Panelist, EMLF Mine Safety & Health Special Institute, March 2018

"Drone Law," National Business Institute, May 2017

"Depositions: Tricks and Traps," Morgan Insurance Conference sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University, April 2017

"Safety and the Multi-Employer Worksite," Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 2017

Panelist, "Investigations and Document Requests," Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute, Sept. 2016

Panelist, "Future Flight UAS Conference: Drone Technology within the Oil and Gas Industry," April 2016