Paula J. Phillips

Paula J. Phillips

Title: Shareholder, Litigation Chair
Company: Phillips Perez, P.A.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Paula J. Phillips, Shareholder and Litigation Chair at Phillips Perez, P.A., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in litigation.

Prior to spearheading her career in law, Ms. Phillips ran her own production company and arranged to program a concert at her alma mater. She soon learned that she needed a lawyer to set up the event but was unable to get one, which is what sparked her interest to enter the legal profession. Backed by a Bachelor of Science in communications from Cameron University, she went on to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami in 1997. Today, Ms. Phillips is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, along with the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 10th and 11th Circuits. Since 2017, she has been a shareholder and litigation chair at Phillips Perez, P.A.

Holding more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Phillips is an experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer specializing in matters ranging from aviation to catastrophic product liability, malpractice, personal injury and more. Prior to her current role, she was a chair at Zummpano & Castro from 2013 to 2017, a senior associate at Cole Scott & Kissane from 2008 to 2013 and an associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson for five years. In her earlier years, she served as co-counsel to criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey during her first year as a public service lawyer and was an associate with Anania Bandklayder. Ms. Phillips attributes her vast success to a dedication to her work, exceptional mentors and various individuals who have expanded her mind. Some mentors she credits include Fran Anania, Art Laplante, Valarie Shea, Al Frevola, Jamie Gursky and Richard Cole. Presently, she maintains affiliation with the American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Conference and Omaha Delta Kappa.

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