Phil is a seasoned litigator who focuses most of his practice on matters within the construction industry. A certified arbitrator, he has provided counsel to some of the country’s most well-known companies. In over forty years of practice at Butler Snow, Phil has represented owners, contractors, architects and engineers in the construction industry, as well as defending national manufacturers in product liability litigation.

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • I.C.C. International Court of Arbitration
  • Admitted pro hac vice in 16 states


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1998-2021
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Mississippi, 2014-2022
    • Litigation: Construction – Mississippi, 2014-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation: Business, 2007-2021
    • Top 50: Mississippi, 2007-2012
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2008-2022
    • Litigation – Construction, 2011-2022
    • Litigation – Construction: Lawyer of the Year [Jackson, MS], 2016
  • Top Lawyers, Annual Guide To Commercial Litigation American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel
  • Instructor, National Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1978
    • Note Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi State University, B.S., Engineering, 1972


  • Trial Counsel for Bridgestone-Firestone North America and Armstrong International for asbestos and silica litigation in Mississippi and Louisiana. ​
  • National Counsel for Figg Bridge Engineers.
  • Published Decisions
  • Upchurch Plumbing, Inc. v. Greenwood Utilities Com'n, 964 So.2d 1100 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ronald Adams Contractor v. Mississippi Transportation Commission, 777 So. 2d 649 (Miss. 2000), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Farrell Construction Company v. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 896 F. 2d 136 (5th Cir. 1990), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ronald Adams Contractor v. The United States, 2003 WL 459650 (Fed. Cir. 2003), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ables v. Ford Motor Company, 2006 WL 3431602 (5th Cir. 2006) and 2007 WL 273502 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel
  • Michael Construction Company v. Florida Department of Transportation, (Leon County, Florida Circuit Court), Trial Counsel.
  • More...