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DOUGLAS PHILLIPS

FOUNDER / OWNER

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Douglas Phillips represents clients in their most important matters. His work includes: Helping clients establish, finance, operate, and defend businesses; planning and administering Estates that protect children and families; representing Plaintiffs in civil actions and class actions; and representing Defendants in serious criminal matters . He has successfully defended innocent clients facing life in prison. In 2023 alone, Phillips represented more than 200 clients in trials, hearings, depositions, and mediations in 16 of Maryland's 23 counties and in the federal court system. 

Phillips' work in 2023 included settlements against a publicly traded mortgage company, several trial wins on behalf of business clients, and the settlement of a 7-figure lawsuit for defamation and interference with prospective advantage. Mr. Phillips also obtained the complete dismissal of a 32-count felony indictment for weapons, ammunition, and drug charges based on law enforcement misconduct; a civil suit is planned against the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Sheriffs Department in that matter. 

In 2022, Phillips reached a settlement with the City of Baltimore and  Baltimore City Schools following the death of high school football star Elijah Gorham. After the settlement, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a bill spearheaded by Mr. Phillips and Elijah's family. That bill, the Elijah Gorham Act, upgraded the emergency procedures that apply to all schools in Maryland. Mr. Phillips' work has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Fox-45, WJZ-Baltimore, and WBAL-Baltimore.

 

Mr. Phillips is counsel for regional and local businesses ranging from industrial companies to medical providers to federal and state contractors. He has spoken to trade groups and legal conferences on representing business clients. Phillips was a college athlete at Princeton, earned his law degree from Seton Hall, and worked for large law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. prior to founding Phillips Law Group.

Representative Matters in past year: * Fraud settlement against publicly traded mortgage company * Federal class action/collective action settlement for wage theft against against Baltimore based employer * Dismissal of Federal trademark lawsuit against Harford County business owner (Lanham Act claim) * Maryland v. Powell: 1st degree assault, assault with deadly weapon, and possession of illegal firearms charges (Result: All charges dismissed) * Negotiation and renegotiation of commercial leases in Harford and Baltimore Counties * Defense and partial dismissals for clients wrongly sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, and infliction of emotional distress * Rosenberg v. DSP Construction, Inc. (Result: Settled on favorable terms) * Allen v. Atlantic Nationwide Trucking Inc. (Result: Win at trial) * Beasley v. Mosley et al (Result: Win at trial) * Watkins Fuel, Inc. v. Davis Engine Repair, Inc. (Result: Settled on favorable terms) * Maryland v. Jordan: Defense of 2nd degree burglary, 4th degree burglary, weapons possession, and CDS possession (Result: PBJ 4th deg burglary, remaining charges dismissed) * Maryland v. Rushing: 1st degree attempted murder, 2nd degree attempted murder, weapons possession by prohibited person (Result pending) * Krajewski v. Dillworth et al, civil trial for property damage (Result: Win at trial) * Maryland v. Lambert: 1st degree assault and theft charges (Result: Dismissal of all charges) * Maryland v. Jones: 33 counts of weapons possession, ammunition possession, and drug possession (Result: All charges dismissed due to law enforcement misconduct. Civil case pending against City of Baltimore.) * Tucker v. Baltimore City School Commissioners (Result: Settled) * Maryland v. Tyson: Handgun possession; assault charges (Result: Pre-trial release; Plea to one count of possession; Dismissal of three weapons charges) * Maryland v. Cook: 2nd degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary (Result: All charges dismissed) * Maryland v. Ulloa: 1st degree assault (Result: Pending) * Maryland v. Green: Sexual assault, 1st degree assault, assault with weapon, handgun possession, CDS with intent to distribute: (Result: Pending) * Maryland v. Larue: Assault (Result: Pending) * Maryland v. Johnson: Violation of Protection Order, Unauthorized Motor Vehicle taking, Assault 2 (Result: Won at Trial / Not Guilty Verdict) * Maryland v. Chavez: Assault (Result: Dismissed) * Maryland v. Tocte-Ashca: Assault 1, Assault 2, Reckless Endangerment, Burglary, Handgun possession (Result: Pending) * United States v. Hall: Weapons possession, ammunition possession, unregistered "ghost guns" (Result: Plea)

State and Federal Agencies Mr. Phillips has represented businesses and individuals in front of agencies such as: * Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR) * Maryland Real Estate Commission (MREC) * Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) * Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) * U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) * U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) * Zoning and planning departments * County school boards * County Code Enforcement & Inspections

Locations Bel Air Baltimore Annapolis Ocean City Towson Ellicott City

Bar Admissions: * Maryland * United States District Court - Maryland * United States District Court - Northern Illinois (Chicago) * United States Supreme Court * United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Professional Memberships * Harford County Bar Association * Maryland State Bar Association * Bar Association of Baltimore City * National Association of Realtors (Broker Member) * Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors (Broker Member)

Civic Involvement * Churchville Presbyterian Church * Churchville Lions * Churchville Ruritans * 7 Strong Foundation (in memory of Elijah Gorham) * Booster, Naval Academy Athletic Association (Blue *N Gold) * Youth lacrosse and wrestling coach

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." 

- Rumi

"The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
   and to shun evil is understanding.”

- Job 28:28

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"We represent clients with passion because we believe in them. It is a privilege to help a client get a second chance, make a dream into reality, or protect themselves and their family."

                           - Douglas Phillips

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