Practicing law since 1983, Harry J. “Skip”
Philips, Jr. focuses his practice on state and federal civil trial and
appellate litigation, including banking, commercial, insurance, personal
injury, insurance coverage, and products liability cases. His practice
also includes corporate law as counsel to several non-profit
Mr. Philips has been ranked by his peers and clients in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Louisiana Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. Mr. Philips was selected by his peers as "Litigation Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year in Baton Rouge" in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020
rankings. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual
attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice
area and geographic location. In both 2017 and 2018, he ranked among
the Top 50 Overall Louisiana Super Lawyers. He is admitted to
practice in all Louisiana state courts, the three federal district
courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the
Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Philips is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL),
one of the premier legal associations in North America, composed of
preeminent members of the Trial Bar, and limited to just 1 percent of
the total lawyer population of any state. Fellowship is extended only by
invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial
lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional
careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct,
professionalism, civility and collegiality.
?Mr. Philips formerly served for nine years
as the Taylor Porter Managing Partner and for many years as a member of
the Firm's Executive Committee.
Mr. Philips is an adjunct professor of law at Louisiana State University
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches courses on Professional
Responsibility, Advanced Healthcare Law, Louisiana Civil Procedure,
Strategic Thinking, and Insurance. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics,
professionalism and litigation skills. He is a member of the Council of
the Louisiana Law Institute, and co-chairs the Institute's Committee on
Torts and Insurance. He is a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees of
the LSU Law Center.
He received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M.
Hebert Law Center in 1983, where he was the editor- in- chief of the Louisiana Law Review
and elected to Order of the Coif. He received a Bachelor of Science
from L.S.U. in 1972, where he was a distinguished military graduate in
the Army ROTC program. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Philips was an
investigator in the public corruption section of the Criminal Division
of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office. He is a graduate of the FBI
Mr. Philips previously served as a chair of a Disciplinary Hearing
Committee appointed by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. He is
the former Director of Character and Fitness for the Louisiana Supreme
Court Committee on Bar Admissions and has also served as a bar examiner
and assistant examiner.
Mr. Philips is a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar
Associations. He is a former president of the Louisiana Association of
(Civil) Defense Counsel. He has served as a mediator and as
Mr. Philips is a member of the board of directors and current President
of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is on the boards of directors of
Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, Our Lady of the Lake Regional
Medical Center (Vice Chair and Chair of the Building and Planning
Committee), Cadets of the Ole War Skull (LSU Military Alumni), Chair of
the Board of Trustees for the LSU Military Museum, and Chair of the
Board of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School. He is Immediate
Past Chair of the South Louisiana Super Region Committee, a joint
endeavor of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Philips is a member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development,