Philip S. Anderson was a founding partner of Williams & Anderson and is now senior counsel to the firm. He received his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Arkansas. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the ARKANSAS LAW REVIEW. Mr. Anderson has broad experience in trial and appellate practice as well as in acquisitions, mergers and general corporate matters. He was president of the American Bar Association in 1998-1999. He continues to maintain an active practice.
In 2013, Mr. Anderson received the Outstanding Service Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The award is presented "a fellow who has, in his professional career, adhered for more than thirty years to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.
Among the firm’s clients, Mr. Anderson represents the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a newspaper of statewide circulation. He also serves on the board of directors of the newspaper and its parent company. He represents media clients on First Amendment issues, including access and defamation. He was lead counsel for ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC in access litigation arising out of the Whitewater trials in Arkansas. He was lead counsel in trying two landmark newspaper antitrust cases to successful conclusions. Community Publishers, Inc. v. Donrey Corp., 892 F. Supp. 1146, affirmed, Community Publishers, Inc. v. DR Partners, 139 F.3d 1180 (8th Cir. 1998); Arkansas Gazette Company v. Camden News Publishing Company, U.S.D.C. No. LR-C-84-1020 (E.D. Ark. 1986). In the first case he represented the plaintiffs and in the second he represented the defendants.
He was retained as appellate counsel in Cooper Tire & Rubber Company v. Phillips County Circuit Court, 2011 Ark. 183 (2011), in which the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the discovery order of the lower court and issued a Writ of Certiorari to protect the manufacturer's formulas and other trade secrets from disclosure.
He was lead appellate counsel in the appeal of the largest personal injury verdict in the history of the state, which resulted in a substantial remittitur of the award, Advocat, Inc. v. Sauer, 353 Ark. 20, 111 S.W. 3d 346 (2003), and in the appeal of a judgment in the amount of $8.2 million against a bank on a lender-liability claim, which resulted in the reversal of the judgment and the dismissal of the claim. First Commercial Bank v. Walter, 333 Ark. 100, 969 S.W. 2d 146 (1998).
Mr. Anderson's service to the American Bar Association, in addition to his term as president, includes two terms on the Association's Board of Governors and more than thirty-five years in its House of Delegates, in which he continues to serve. He is a member of the American Law Institute, which promulgates the Restatements of the Law, and he is an emeritus member of its governing Council. He served as an adviser in the preparation of the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers and the Restatement of Trusts-Prudent Investor Rule.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.