DAVID PHILLIPS, ESQ.
With more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience, David Phillips continues his career as a full-time mediator dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients.
David has tried over 150 cases. Having represented plaintiffs for more than 15 years as a sole practitioner and defendants for almost 10 years as a partner in a big national firm, he has a deep understanding of the interests and objectives animating both plaintiffs and defendants. He spent the past 25 years carefully evaluating the legal risks and rewards faced by parties in hundreds of cases. He understands the challenges and opportunities motivating plaintiffs and defendants, as well as their respective counsel. Because David has personally experienced intractable litigation from each of these perspectives, he brings a comprehensive, unified understanding of litigation that empowers him to assist you and your clients in optimizing your outcome through mediation.
Having spent the past 10 years specializing in employment litigation, David fully understands the emotionally charged nature of these disputes that resonate with core, existential, and identity issues like gender, race, age, disability, and sexual orientation, and that implicate sensitive allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He is also fully versed in all aspects of wage and hour class action. Throughout his 25-year career as a trial lawyer, he has handled complex business and commercial disputes, high profile casualty loss and insurance bad faith claims, as well as a wide variety of privacy, intellectual property, and malpractice lawsuits.
David is an innovative, tenacious mediator who works tirelessly to help you and your clients resolve disputes effectively by creating the conditions that allow parties to effect resolution. He prepares exhaustively for mediation: a mastery of each side’s narrative of the underlying facts is essential to his process. He is also profoundly empathetic, understanding the dispute from each party’s perspective and synthesizing a comprehensive understanding of the dispute that preserves the integrity of the parties’ competing perspectives. He brings the full spectrum of evaluative and facilitative skills to his role as mediator and helps the parties identify their core interests and evaluate their legal risks and opportunities as a catalyst to effect a positive resolution. David is indefatigable in pursuit of mediated resolution; he books only one mediation per day and follows up with the parties diligently and persistently until the dispute is ultimately resolved. His experience and expertise empower him to assist you and your clients in managing risk and optimizing results.
Combining a rigorous academic background in complex decision analysis and behavioral economics with his pragmatic professional experience drawn from hundreds of cases he handled for both plaintiffs and defendants, while remaining acutely aware that every dispute involves real people with real problems in urgent need of help, he understands the human side of dispute resolution. The hallmark of a profession is service. David understands that every dispute will be resolved, either by the parties themselves or by a jury, and he engages the parties to empower them to retain control of this process so that they can resolve their own disputes fairly and rationally, in accordance with their own core interests, not left to the vicissitudes of chance. He gets results, never gives up, and persistently follows up with you and your clients until your dispute is resolved. Let David help you resolve your dispute, just as he has done for hundreds of other parties.