John H. Phillips

Top rated General Litigation attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio

Phillips Law Firm, Inc.
John H. Phillips
Phillips Law Firm, Inc.

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1990

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

Phillips Law Firm, Inc.

9521 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242 Visit website


A highly regarded civil trial attorney, John H. Phillips is the founder of the Phillips Law Firm. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, he provides representation to individual and business clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice before all Ohio and Minnesota state courts, Mr. Phillips is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Phillips devotes a significant portion of his practice to business litigation. The types of cases that he has handled in this regard have included trade secret misappropriation, contract breaches, partner and shareholder actions, and purchase and sale disputes. Mr. Phillips also has extensive personal injury and wrongful death litigation experience, representing people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in incidents involving motor vehicle accidents, and his trial experience has also encompassed landlord-tenant disputes, breach of fiduciary duties and other probate litigation, construction law, bad faith and other insurance claims, environmental issues, and legal malpractice. The high quality of his work in all of these areas has earned him a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. Phillips is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to his practice area at continuing legal education seminars and before other groups. A 1982 recipient of a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati, he also holds a Master of Science in engineering from the same institution. Mr. Phillips obtained his legal education at what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1989. After he graduated, he spent several years practicing environmental law and litigation with a national law firm before founding the Phillips Law Firm.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

General Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 30% General Litigation
  • 30% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1990, Ohio

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Decommissioning America’s Commercial Nuclear Power Plants: Running the Regulatory Gamut” Engineering Analysis
  • Covering Rule 7.1 through 7.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Speaker/Author, Ethically Marketing Your Law Practice, Butler County Bar Association, Legal, 2019
  • “Teaching Radiation Health Physics at the University Level,” The University of Cincinnati was a recipient of a $30,000 grant based upon this work
  • “Reactor Coolant Pump Operation During Small Break Loss of Coolant Accidents at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant” Education Analysis
  • “Does RCRA Really Apply to Your Environmental Remediation?” Legal Analysis
  • “Potential Contractor Liabilities and Indemnifications for the Environmental Restoration Management Contractor at the Fernald Environmental Management Project
  • Speaker, Ethics, Legal Technicality, LLC, Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession – “What drives you to drink?” An analysis of danger signs and where lawyers can get help for substance abuse problems Legal Analysis
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati in the Biology Department, “Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers”
  • Speaker, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation, Legal Technicality, LLC, Continuing Legal Education, 2013
  • Speaker, Ethics of the IOLTA Account, Legal Technicality, LLC, Continuing Legal Education, 2013
  • Speaker, Professionalism, Legal Technicality, LLC, Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • "Ethics" - the Year in Review" an annual presentation of material on how lawyers mage to get into trouble, and guidance from the Supreme Court of Ohio and other sources.
  • Adjunct Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department teaching “Reactor Lab” and “Radiation Detection and Measurement"
  • "Legal Alert", a monthly environmental column published in "Metal Finishing" magazine
  • "Professionalism" - What's wrong with us? a presentation on the high divorce rate, substance abuse rate, suicide rate, and failure rate among lawyers, and ways to prevent attorneys from becoming another statistic.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Ohio Free and Accepted Masons and the Syrian Shrine in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Appointed by Governor Rudolph Perpich, Hazardous Substance Injury compensation Board, Vice Chairman
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Real Estate Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, 1996
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
Educational Background:
  • University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering, 1982
  • University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 1984
  • University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, Honors: Teaching Assistant and Associate Professor, Master of Science in Engineering
  • National Triangle Fraternity Outstanding Alumnus Award, Outstanding Alumnus, Triangle Fraternity, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, National Association of Metal Finishers, Environmental Compliance efforts of Metal Finishers, 1999
  • Most Improved Masonic Lodge, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, 2012
White Papers:
  • Walking the tightrope when counseling clients on nonlegal matters., Working without a net, Legal, 2014
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Trial Court judgment for a client in the amount of $856,776.20.  The Defendant appealed to the Court of Appeals, arguing that the trial court refused to consider his defenses.  The Court of Appeals found in favor of our client, and dismissed the appeal.  Defendant appealed again, this time to the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Defendant argued that it was just “plain error” for the Trial Court to enforce the verdict, but the Supreme Court of Ohio disagreed.  The $856,776.20 is now final and collectible by the PLF client., 2014
  • Ski Accident case in Colorado - Our client was an Ohio Physician vacationing when he was struck by an uphill skier.  Torn ACL injury resulting in a $200,000 settlement just prior to trial., 2019
  • Breach of Contract action resulting in a settlement in excess of one million dollars with an aerospace manufacturer during litigation., 2019
  • Pedestrian Truck Accident Plaintiff - $500,000 Settlement during litigation, 2017
  • Probate Litigation Plaintiff - Trustee ordered to pay $500,000 on Breach of Fiduciary Duty claim, 2018
  • Wrongful Death Defense - Summary Judgment for the Defendant - Affirmed on Appeal, 2016
  • Legal Malpractice Defendant - Settled during litigation with Plaintiff paying Defendant's Legal fees for for bringing a frivolous case, 2014
  • Adverse Possession Defense - Judgment for the Defense - Plaintiff ordered to pay Defendant's legal fees in excess of $70,000 for countersuit for trespass, 2015
  • Legal Malpractice Plaintiff - $400,000 Jury Verdict - First case to go to trial under Ohio's new Vahilla v. Hall standard, 2000
  • Wrongful Death Plaintiff - Fire due to negligence in a rental property - Settled during litigation with a non-disclosure agreement regarding the amount paid, 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Celebrating 37 Years of marriage to Suzanne H H Phillips.  Life wasn't always easy, but it was always fun., 2019
  • Celebrating 25 years in business at the same location as Phillips Law Firm, Inc., 9521 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH  45242, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Trustees for Triangle Fraternity, 2019
  • Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Chapter of Triangle, Inc., 2019
  • President and Founder, Northeast Lawyers Club, 2019
  • President, Board of Trustees of the Park W. Gast, Jr. Education Foundation, 2019
  • Ten year member of the Board of Health for the Hamilton County General Health District, 1994
  • Hamilton County General Health District Board of Appeals, 2019
Representative Clients:
  • For reasons of confidentiality, we do not disclose client names., 2019

Office location for John H. Phillips

9521 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Phone: 513-985-2500


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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