Stephen D. Phillips to be installed as President of ITLA

Contact: Kevilee Burge
JUNE 3, 2013
(217) 789-0755

STEPHEN D. PHILLIPS, managing partner at the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago (, will be installed as the 60th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) on Friday, June 7, 2013, at its annual convention. Phillips received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1981 and his law degree in 1985 from Loyola University School of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar shortly thereafter.

After law school, Phillips joined his father’s firm, John G. Phillips & Associates. He considers it an honor and privilege to have worked for a wonderful mentor and father. His father spent countless hours teaching him the law and helped him become the lawyer he is today. Following the death of his father – president of ITLA from 1964 to 1965 – he changed the name of the firm to Phillips Law Offices. Phillips focuses his practice on personal injury, construction liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, aviation, nursing home malpractice, products liability and drug litigation.

Phillips is a highly accomplished attorney and has been recognized as such. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is a prestigious organization that is limited to 500 lawyers worldwide. In a statewide survey of lawyers he was voted as one of the Leading Personal Injury Lawyers in Illinois. He was voted a Super Lawyer by his peers in yet another statewide survey of lawyers. He was elected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers.

Among other professional accomplishments, he has been recognized in International Who’s Who of Professionals, and he has received the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.

Phillips is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School Chicago, where he teaches Personal Injury Law and has taught Illinois Civil Procedure. In addition to teaching, Phillips has given numerous lectures and presentations at various continuing legal education seminars. He has authored numerous articles in various law and continuing legal education publications.

Since 1984, Phillips has been a member of ITLA. He has served in many roles for ITLA including Parliamentarian, Treasurer and Vice President. He has served consecutive terms on the Executive Committee. In addition, Phillips has co-chaired the Medical Negligence and the Publications Committees.

Phillips is also active in other professional organizations. He has been an elected Manager of the Illinois State Bar Association and served in the State Bar Assembly for three terms. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

“I am both honored and humbled to become the president of this organization comprised of the best trial lawyers in this state and who have dedicated themselves to protecting the rights of injured people,” says Phillips. “Our clients have lost the most precious aspects of their lives –their health, their loved ones, and often times their dignity. People take these aspects of life for granted until they are taken from them. Our job, as an organization, is to make sure these injured people are not forgotten and that the organizations and powerful people who would prefer to forget them are held accountable for the losses that they have created.”

Phillips, an avid outdoorsman, enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and sports in his leisure time. If he could do anything else for a living, he would probably work in the boating industry or as a fishing guide, but he would still represent a handful of clients every year. He has been married to his wife, Ann, for 20 years and they have 2 boys, Stephen and Michael. Phillips is extremely proud that both boys are terrific students and citizens and have decided they, too, want to be lawyers and represent injured people at the firm founded by their grandfather.