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Steven Phillips, Esq

Steven J. Phillips is a senior partner and founding member of Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP. He heads the firm's toxic torts and appellate practice. He enjoys a nationwide reputation as a plaintiffs’ lawyer representing victims of occupational and environmental hazards. Steve's pioneering work in the prosecution of cases involving children born with malformations, groundwater contamination, nuclear radiation, asbestos, and mesothelioma has yielded precedent-setting successes. Steve has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in numerous mass tort litigations including: Groundwater contamination in Jackson Township, NJ; Birth defect and cancer litigation on behalf of semiconductor workers and their families; and Veterans’ exposure to nuclear radiation. An adjunct faculty member at Columbia University's School of Law, Steve teaches a seminar in Advanced Tort Practice. He also participates in teaching the Profession of Law Ethics Course. After graduating from Williams College in 1968 and Columbia University's School of Law in 1971, Steve worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Homicide Prosecutions. While in private practice, Steve has acted on a pro bono basis in the defense of capital cases. Steve has briefed and argued many cases before the New York State Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and District of Columbia circuits. He has also authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before the Supreme Court of the United States.