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Sheila R. Phillips

Staff Lawyer
Fax +1.206.623.7022
Sheila Phillips is a staff lawyer with K&L Gates’ e-discovery analysis and technology group (e-DAT), a dedicated, firmwide practice group that deploys advanced technology, including predictive analytics and other technology assisted review resources. Ms. Phillips advises clients on a range of electronic discovery issues and strives to develop cost effective strategies to respond to each matter with an emphasis on increasing efficiencies and promoting collaboration among members of the legal team, including trial counsel, vendors, IT and other technical support personnel.

Ms. Phillips handles all stages of electronic discovery and manages document analysis and review projects as the primary/lead staff attorney on matters, including complex commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, business transactions, antitrust, patent and trade secrets litigation.

Ms. Phillips is engaged in all aspects of the discovery process, including: identification, preservation and collection, processing, document review and production.

Professional Background

Prior to coming to K&L Gates, Ms. Phillips worked in HR consulting and temporary staffing industries. In addition, Ms. Phillips volunteers for the King County Bar Assn - Renton and Loren Miller Bar Neighborhood Legal Clinic, which serves King County and Washington State residents who might otherwise have no access to the legal system.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Managing E-Discovery For All Types of Cases, King County Bar Association CLE (2010).
  • Criminal, state and federal court civil proceedings arising from combustion and release events that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  • Environmental insurance coverage litigation involving local government entity seeking coverage for environmental liabilities and clean-up costs associated with a federal Superfund site.
  • Contract due diligence in agribusiness sector; projects to prepare closing binder for the acquisition of a national farmland portfolio
  • Federal Trade Commission investigation of automotive parts distribution company (HSR Second Request) concerning the proposed acquisition by major competitor 
  • SEC / FINRA investigation of brokerage investment firm
  • Internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act of 2010
  • Pharmaceutical intellectual property litigation
  • Fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets in shipping / package forwarding business.
  • Nationwide occupancy tax class actions in online travel industry
  • Breach of contract lawsuit in the oil/gas industry