Phil focuses his practice on complex and high profile business and securities disputes. He has served on the firmwide Management Committee and as the Administrative Partner of the Seattle office.
Phil’s recent experience includes some of the highest profile cases in the nation and Northwest region. He currently represents and advises clients regarding asserted and potential claims surrounding Bernard Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Securities, LLC. Likewise, Phil represented the Trustee in In Re: Consolidated Meridian Funds, which involved a $220 million real estate scheme, the largest fraud of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Phil also represented the Bayou Unofficial Creditors' Committee and Bayou Official Creditors' Committee, In re Bayou Hedge Fund Litigation, assisting institutional investors in the Bayou family of hedge funds to recover in excess of $75 million in what was, at the time, the largest Ponzi Scheme in United States history. Phil is also an experienced securities litigator, handling cases alleging securities fraud and dissenters’ rights cases in state and federal court.
With respect to business litigation, Phil has a broad degree of experience in courts throughout the United States in cases involving contractual breaches, usurpation of trade secrets, tortious interference and class action allegations. Finally, Phil represents companies, fund managers and institutional investors in matters involving or disputes with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.