Gregory J. Phillips

Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

Gregory J. Phillips

Gregory J. Phillips

Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

Biography

Gregory J. Phillips is Vice-Chair of Benesch’s Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group. He litigates all aspects of complex business and commercial cases for public and private companies, as well as for individuals. Greg has argued successfully before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, while litigating cases before numerous trial courts and arbitration panels around the country.

For the last three years, Greg has been named by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the Commercial Litigation field. Best Lawyers in America® is based entirely on peer review and the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues. Since 2015, Greg has also repeatedly been named by Benchmark Litigation as a future "State Litigation Star," defined as an attorney who is recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers, and is highly likely to be continually recommended in the coming years. Furthermore, he has recently been named a 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer for business litigation for the third time.

As one of Benesch’s lead commercial litigators, Greg has directly contributed to the upward progression of the firm’s litigation practice over the last two and half years and to retaining and growing the firm’s litigation client base. During this time, Benesch’s Litigation Practice Group has nearly doubled in size.

Since joining Benesch, Greg has served as lead counsel on a number of significant matters for Benesch’s clients, including two complex commercial arbitrations in which Greg obtained multimillion-dollar victories for his clients after trials on the merits. Greg’s clients include some of the largest companies in Northeast Ohio, as well as the largest U.S. debit and credit card processor; a global leader in sports, fashion, and media; and a leading international manufacturer with its U.S. headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Greg’s high-profile cases have attracted substantial media attention. His cases have been covered by prominent national and Ohio news outlets, including USA Today, Reuters, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS Sports, Golfweek, Computerworld, Law360, Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch.

As a member of Benesch’s Risk & Ethics Committee, Greg educates and trains colleagues on risk avoidance and mitigation, and provides advice and counseling on ethics matters when needed. Greg has significant experience in professional responsibility matters and the attorney-client privilege, having served as his former firm’s General Counsel and chair of its Ethics Committee.

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Ulmer & Berne LLP

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Chair, Litigation Department at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Executive Chairman at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Managing Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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General Counsel at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Chief Marketing Officer at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Chair, Health Care Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Chair, Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Chair, Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP

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Gregory J. Phillips
Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1998

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1993

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary professional association open to any person who has been admitted to the practice of law. Law school students, paralegal students and paralegals sponsored by an OSBA attorney member are eligible for membership in the OSBA as associate members.

Member
Current

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) is a nonprofit organization that operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. It was formed in March 2008 by the consolidation of the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, which brought together more than 135 years of rich history. It works to advance the greater Cleveland legal community as a world-class center of professional excellence and model of community service.

Career History
Partner
2015 - Current

Benesch is a business law firm with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Shanghai, White Plains and Wilmington. Benesch is dedicated to building a deep understanding of their clients, their businesses and their industries. They develop client-focused teams to ensure first class legal service, view business issues from their clients' perspective and assist in discovering the best legal services to address their clients' needs, drawing upon the strengths of diverse, knowledgeable and experienced lawyers. The firm services national and international clients that include public and private, middle market and emerging companies as well as private equity funds, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, trusts and estates.Benesch was named BTI’s Client Service A-Team 2008, the only client service ranking based solely on unprompted client response during in-depth interviews. Clients indicate Benesch delivers superior client service. Benesch stood out in a field of more than 500 core laws firms serving the Fortune 1000.The company's practice areas include Business Reorganization, Commercial Finance & Banking, Corporate & Securities, Economic Growth & Development, Employee Benefits & Compensation, Estate Planning & Probate, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Public Finance, Public Law, Real Estate & Environmental and Tax. Some of the industries the firm concentrates in include Private Equity, Banking, China, Health Care, Polymers, Transportation & Logistics, Energy & Natural Resources and Construction.Their attorneys serve as trusted counselors, advocates, and partners in all aspects of a legal or business issue. They are proud of the client relationships they have developed and work hard to maintain them. Above all else, it takes a results oriented, innovative approach to practicing law and are committed to assisting their clients to achieve their goals.

General Counsel
Prior - 2015

Ulmer & Berne LLP is a law firm whose attorneys serve as counselors to a range of clients that include individuals, sloe proprietorships, public and privately held companies, multinational corporations, financial institutions, public bodies and non-profit organizations. It was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

Clerk
1998 - 1999

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of two United States district courts serving the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has jurisdiction over the Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond metro areas and surrounding locations with courthouses located in Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Newport News (whose judges are shared with Norfolk).

Boards & Committees
Member, Trial Committee
2006 - Prior

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) is a nonprofit organization that operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. It was formed in March 2008 by the consolidation of the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, which brought together more than 135 years of rich history. It works to advance the greater Cleveland legal community as a world-class center of professional excellence and model of community service.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

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