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 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

"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

"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

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

Key Experience

Defended businesses in wrongful death lawsuits
Defended a product distributor and an international service provider in quadriplegia claims
Represented a major coal operator in a multi-million dollar subsidence allegation

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®
Best Lawyers® 2019 Lexington, KY, Mining Law, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®