Houston Principal Tony Phillips has been named to Lawyers of Color’s inaugural “Nation’s Best” list,” which recognizes exceptional, diverse law firm partners and senior-level corporate counsel based on noteworthy accomplishments and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized among such accomplished diverse legal talent in our industry,” said Tony Phillips. “People think, perceive, and communicate in many different ways. To recognize this truth is to realize that diversity is not merely an organizational strength but a business imperative. It’s how you win.”
Tony focuses on white collar defense, investigations, compliance, and complex commercial litigation. He has an incredible breadth of experience: from convincing juries and judges in federal, military, and state courthouses to advising corporations, boards, and business executives in a variety of highly regulated industries, such as energy, financial services, and healthcare.
Prior to joining McKool Smith, Tony served as the Senior Legal Officer for Corporate Ethics and Compliance at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he developed and directed the corporate ethics and compliance program. Previously, as a trial attorney for the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tony’s courtroom achievements in a high-profile police corruption case resulted in a Commendation from former FBI Director Robert Mueller. He began his legal career as an Air Force JAG Officer, during which time he litigated more than a dozen courts-martial and was lauded by a military judge as “the best base-level trial counsel in Europe.” Tony also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where he conducted major crimes investigations and was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third-highest award bestowed on military members by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Co-Managing Editor of the BlackLetter Law Journal. He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., New York, and Texas
Lawyers of Color is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. The “Nation’s Best” list is presented by Major, Lindsay and Africa with the support of the Diverse Partners Network.
With more than 165 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured eleven nine-figure jury verdicts and twelve eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last ten years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, insurance recovery, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.