Phil has been defending asbestos and toxic tort clients since 2004. He has extensive experience defending auto and trucking liability, construction defect and premises claims, and products liability matters. Phil also handles workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and insurance coverage claims, and has experience defending physical and sexual abuse claims. In addition, Phil counsels clients on contracts, bad faith and dram shop matters.
Phil’s practice includes representing clients in asbestos cases pending throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Texas and California. His experience includes drafting appellate briefs on asbestos-related matters to all district and appellate court. In addition, Phil previously submitted two appellate briefs in opposition to writs of certiorari that were pending before the United State Supreme Court.
Phil previously worked as a patrol officer, crime scene technician and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor while serving as a police officer for the City of Beckley, West Virginia. Phil also is a West Virginia State Bar trained mediator.
While attending Northern Ohio University Petitt College of Law, Phil was on the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team and coauthored an award winning appellate brief for the Pace University Environmental Law Competition.
- Summary judgment awarded in declaratory judgment action in favor of insurance company client that was seeking to limit insurance coverage to the state of West Virginia’s statutory minimum
- Summary judgment awarded in favor of a social service agency and its employee for alleged failure to report sexual abuse of a consumer by a child protective services worker
- Dismissal granted in favor of a subcontractor for alleged construction defects in the construction of a multi-million dollar condominium project
- Summary judgment awarded in a negligence case against local baseball stadium in which a spectator was injured by a bat that was accidentally thrown by a player