John Phillips is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings in the San Francisco office. Mr. Phillips has acted as lead trial counsel on cases (both individual and class actions) for a diverse group of clients in a wide variety of substantive areas, including unfair competition, product defect, environmental, commercial disputes, trade secrets, and mass torts. He has substantial experience counseling senior management on various litigation and other legal matters. Mr. Phillips has been lead counsel in both jury and bench trials, and has handled numerous arbitration matters. He also has handled cases on appeal in various federal and state courts.
Mr. Phillips is the Chair of the San Francisco office and served previously as the Chair of the office’s Litigation Department.
Some of the other public companies for whom Mr. Phillips has acted as trial counsel include Applied Materials, Boeing, Dell Inc., Duke Energy, Exelon Generation Company, Gallo Wineries, General Electric, SK Hynix, Rabobank, Toyota, United Technologies, and Zynga.
Professional Activities and Accomplishments
Containing Risk and Seizing Opportunity: The In-house Lawyer's Guide to Artificial Intelligence
March 25, 2019
Spokeo and Article III Standing: You May Be Particularized But Are You Concrete?
May 26, 2016
Class (Not) Dismissed: CFPB Proposes New Rule Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Encourages Consumer Class Action Law Suits
May 12, 2016
Have I Been Served? The Ninth Circuit Agrees to Clarify Process of Service for International Entities in USA v. The Public Warehousing Company, KSC
April 02, 2015
Class Actions and the Ninth Circuit: Different Consumer Contracts Defeat Predominance
March 17, 2014
Courts Continue To Accentuate The Ascertainable Class
February 21, 2014
The Ninth Circuit Offers Guidance on the Scope of Rule 26 Expert Discovery
February 12, 2014
Bifurcated Discovery in Class Actions: An Effective Strategy to Prevent the Continuation of the Unmeritorious Lawsuit
June 27, 2011
Retailers in California Face New Scrutiny of Credit Card Transactions in Light of Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., 51 Cal. 4th 524 (2011)
March 14, 2011
Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court Clarifies UCL Standing Requirements
February 03, 2011
Keeping the Gate: Seventh Circuit Explains Why District Court Judges Cannot 'Duck Hard Questions' Regarding Daubert in Class Certification Motions
June 17, 2010
Recent Consumer Law Developments at the California Supreme Court: What Ever Happened to Prop. 64 and What Will Consumer Class Actions Look Like in the Future?
June 01, 2009
Consumer Product Safety Commission Previews Priorities for 2009
January 28, 2009
Corporate Officers Beware California Court Revives and Expands the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine and Imposes Millions in Personal Fines
January 12, 2009
Clemens v. DaimlerChrysler – The Ninth Circuit Addresses A New Twist In The Law Of Cross-Jurisdictional Tolling
September 24, 2008
The Class Action Fairness Act Spring 2006 Update
April 25, 2006
California Court Decides States First E-Discovery: Court Requires Demanding Party to Pay Reasonable Costs of Necessary Electronic Data Restoration
December 21, 2004
New Guideposts for Punitive Damages in California: A Significant Roadblock for Massive Jury Awards?
December 09, 2003