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Phillip Kilgore has been in the practice of litigation and labor and employment law in the Greenville office of Ogletree Deakins since 1986. Phillip has extensive litigation experience, representing clients in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He has handled a wide range of cases from traditional employment discrimination claims to tort claims and from environmental claims to shareholder derivative actions and minority shareholder disputes. Phillip also is an expert in advising clients on the protection of business assets and litigating acts of misappropriation.


  • The Ogletree Building
    300 North Main Street
    Greenville, SC 29601

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, South Carolina Bar
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar


  • Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America - Executive Board, President (2013-14); Vice President (1990-present)
  • Commission of Public Works, Greenville, South Carolina - Chair
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors, Vice Chair Public Policy
  • Greenville City Board of Zoning Appeals (1997-2002) - Former Member
  • Greenville County Bar Association - Member
  • Poinsett Club - Board of Governors (1997-2000, 2003-2006); President (2006)
  • Rotary Club of Greenville - President (2000-2001); Board of Directors (2011)
  • South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution - Certified Mediator and Certified Arbitrator
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association - Executive Committee, 1998-2003
  • Urban League of the Upstate - Executive Committee, General Counsel

State Clerkships

  • South Carolina - Trial Courts

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Labor Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Labor Law - Management, Greenville (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Contract Disputes
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • COVID-19
  • Defense
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Litigation
  • Management
  • State and Federal
  • Trade Secrets


  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent (since 1999)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers

Other Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina


Phillip has litigated cases involving workplace disputes (claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge and tortious conduct), and other diverse areas such as products liability, shareholder disputes and other commercial cases. He has litigated numerous restrictive covenant cases. Phillip specializes in complex litigation, where he has represented large industrial clients in intellectual property disputes, environmental cases and toxic tort cases.Phillip also works with clients to protect valuable business assets, drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants and advising clients on measures to protect trade secrets from misappropriation and customer relationships from unfair competition. Phillip frequently assists his clients in finding answers to business problems arising in the context of local government, including zoning and ordinance matters.An important part of Phillip's practice is advising clients on preventive measures pertaining to employment laws, personnel policies, labor relations and business issues. His objective is to help his clients find the most cost effective business solutions to workplace problems before they become expensive lawsuits.

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