John Phillips joins DLA Piper's Litigation practice in Northern California

DLA Piper announced today that John Phillips has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in Northern California, based in the San Francisco office. 

Phillips handles complex commercial litigation, class actions and mass torts for energy companies, consumer product manufacturers, financial services companies and other clients. He has substantial trial experience in state and federal courts and counsels senior management on a wide variety of matters across the country. He also has handled cases on appeal in federal and state courts.

“John is a first-chair litigator with more than two decades of experience leading teams on class actions and other disputes for a diverse group of clients operating in highly regulated industries, including energy, technology and finance, among others,” said Loren Brown, co-chair of DLA Piper’s global and US Litigation practices. “His addition will increase the strength of our practice and provide immediate value to clients.”

“John has a solid reputation as a skilled and commanding advocate in the courtroom,said Dean Fealk, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “He is an impressive trial lawyer who will be able to help clients here on the West Coast and across the country resolve disputes in ways that best serve their business needs.”

Phillips is the latest partner to join DLA Piper’s growing Litigation practice, which has also welcomed partners Ronald Brown in Wilmington; Keelin Kavanagh, Arthur Hoffmann and David Jaroslaw in New York; Craig Waugh in Phoenix; Matthew Miller and Robert Nolan in San Francisco; Michael Hazzard in Washington, DC; and Christopher Mikson in Philadelphia this year.


Phillips joins from Paul Hastings LLP, where he was San Francisco office managing partner and previously served as chair of the San Francisco Litigation department. He received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.