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John C. Phillips, Jr.


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John C. Phillips, Jr., Partner

Jack Phillips is the president of the law firm of Phillips, McLaughlin & Hall, P.A. His practice focuses on litigation, primarily in the areas of intellectual property, commercial law, insurance coverage and toxic tort defense. Mr. Phillips has personally tried over 50 jury trials in Delaware's state and federal courts, as well as an equal number of bench trials in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the United States Federal District Court for the District of Delaware and other Delaware trial courts. In addition, he has successfully argued before the Delaware Supreme Court nine times in the past fifteen years. See Terex Corp. v. Southern Track & Pump, Inc. 117 A.3d 537 (Del. 2015); Martinez v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., Inc., 86 A.3d 1102 (Del. 2014); In re Asbestos Litigation (Wooleyhan), 2006 WL 1214980 (Del. April 12, 2006); In re Asbestos Litigation (Wenke), 2007 WL 1651964 (Del. Super. May 31, 2007), aff'd 947 A.2d 1123 (Del. 2008); Lawson v. Meconi, 897 A.2d 740 (Del. 2006); Price v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 2011 WL 2682822 (Del. July 11, 2011); Money v. Manville, 569 A.2d 1372 (Del. Supr. 1991); In re Asbestos Litigation (Helm), 2007 WL 1651968 (Del. Super. 2007), aff'd sub. nom., 945 A.2d 593 (Del. 2008); and Roca v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 2002 WL 31007993 (Del. Super. Sept. 3, 2002), aff'd 842 A.2d 1238 (Del. 2004). Mr. Phillips and his team pride themselves on promptly attending to his clients' needs. Client and co-counsel endorsements / recommendations / testimonials available upon request.

Mr. Phillips has also:

  • Served as Delaware counsel for numerous companies in patent and trademark litigation in the Delaware U.S. District Court;
  • Successfully defended hundreds of personal injury actions (most alleging toxic tort injuries) in Delaware Superior Court;
  • Successfully represented numerous insurance carriers in coverage litigation in Delaware Superior Court; and,
  • Successfully tried numerous commercial cases in the Delaware trial courts.

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation 

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983


  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1974
    • Editor, Dickinson Law Review, 1972–1974

Additional Experience

  • Assistant Legal Counsel to the Governor of the State of Delaware, 1977–1981
  • Chairperson, Allocation Committee, Delaware Sand & Gravel PRP Defense Group
  • Annual Speaker at Delaware Asbestos Litigation Conference

Professional Memberships

  • Delaware Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Counsel of Delaware

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