Phil is primarily a trial lawyer and has been throughout his career. He concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation for those injured by the carelessness of others or by dangerous products. He enjoys helping hard-working people get their life back together after unexpected injuries.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in personal injury litigation and criminal defense for more than 15 years. He has also been selected as a New England “Super Lawyer” numerous times.
Phil served as President of the New Hampshire Bar Association (1986-1987). He served as Co-Chair of Governor John Lynch’s Judicial Selection Commission for seven years (2005-2012). He previously served as a member of Governor Jeanne Shaheen’s Judicial Selection Commission from 2000-2003.
Phil was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to serve on the Court’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) from 1996-2003. In the past he has also served as a member of the PCC Hearings Panel. He co-chaired, along with Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn, the PAD Rules Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Public Defender Program. He received the Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award from the of the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2012.
He has been a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs for bar and trial lawyer associations in various areas of trial practice with special focus on opening statements, juror attitudes, expert witnesses, electronic discovery and trial tactics. He is a member of local, state and national bar associations and trial lawyer associations, and a presenter of New Hampshire’s Federal Practice Institute.
Phil has served his own community of Colebrook, New Hampshire as member and chairman of the local school board for two terms. He served on the board of directors and as president of the local hospital for eight years. He was also the town moderator for eight years.