Steven Phillips is a founding partner of Phillips & Paolicelli.
For more than 40 years, he has built a nationwide reputation as a pioneer in the representation of victims of wrongful workplace and environmental exposures to toxic substances. Phillips is a leading appellate lawyer who has tried scores of cases to verdict in federal and state courts, routinely winning awards and collecting judgments in the millions and tens of millions of dollars. He has been named as lead trial counsel in mass tort cases successfully representing scores of plaintiffs in bellwether cases.
Phillips’ areas of expertise include the prosecution of complex and ground breaking litigations as well as giving voice and representation to the severely injured while taking on the largest and most powerful corporate defendants. A pioneer from the early days of the asbestos litigation, he has taken on not only those who manufactured and sold the deadly product, but also large pharmaceutical manufacturers and computer giants whose chemicals have inflicted appalling birth defects on the offspring of its workers. Phillips has also challenged tobacco manufacturers including Phillip Morris USA; pesticide manufacturers such as Monsanto; and power companies like AES, whose coal ash waste has devastated communities with diseases in exposed populations.
More than 30 years ago, in the groundbreaking and frequently-cited case of Ayers v. Township of Jackson, Phillips established the right to medical surveillance as a remedy, permitting the victims of wrongful exposures to toxins the chance to obtain medical examinations that might detect at the earliest moment developing disease, so that it might be treated and cured. Continuing this important battle to this very day, his recent victory in Donovan v. Philip Morris USA established that in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, cigarette manufacturers may be held liable to provide low dose CT scans to long time smokers who are at high risk for developing lung cancer.
A lecturer in law at Columbia Law School for nearly two decades, Phillips has also lectured at the Epidemiology and Bio Statistics Department at McGill University about the relationship of science and law.