Phil Collier is a Member of the Firm who began practice with Stites & Harbison in 1980, was named partner in 1986 and served as a member of the firm's Management Committee (2001-2004). He is currently Chair of the firm's Business Litigation Service Group.
He has more than 31 years of litigation and trial experience, including complex litigation involving manufacturers, communications, investments, financial institutions, insurers and energy/mineral companies. He has deep experience in business torts, contract disputes, fights arising out of the purchase and sale of companies and their assets, and corporate governance struggles between directors, officers and shareholders.
Groundwater Contamination Litigation — Prosecuted claims for recovery of tens of millions of dollars in costs required to clean-up groundwater contamination at 150+ acre chemical plant under terms of complex acquisition agreements. Won summary judgment requiring indemnification for the cost of the cleanup and all future cleanup costs. Also prosecuted claims against later plant operator based upon complex evidence of releases and contaminant transport over several decades. Presented and examined contaminant transport hydrogeolgists, mechanical and structural engineers, process engineers and statisticians.
Financial Institution Litigation — Prosecuted claims against auditors, directors, officers, counsel and appraisers for the Liquidator of the largest financial institution to fail in Kentucky history—involving commercial real estate loan failures and false financial reporting. Secured judgments and settlements from all responsible parties and historically significant 8-figure recovery from the company's auditing firm.
Antitrust Claims — Secured dismissal of recently-filed antitrust tying claims which were premised upon an alleged market restricted to franchisees.
Litigation — Successfully defended an electrostatic precipitator maker against claims arising from the collapse of the exhaust ductwork system at a coal-fired power plant, which resulted in a plant shutdown.
RICO Litigation — Successfully prosecuted RICO claims on behalf of mining company against transportation company to recover damages caused by kick-back schemes.