William D. Phillips

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Washington, PA

Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C.
 | 29 E Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-225-9933
Fax: 724-225-4712
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1962
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    William D. Phillips is the co-founder of Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., where he focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's offices in Washington, Pennsylvania, his client base comes from throughout the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania since 1962, Mr. Phillips is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    The types of cases that Mr. Phillips has handled during his distinguished career have arisen out of incidents involving medical malpractice, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, sexual abuse, construction site accidents, premises liability, and defective products. He has been able to obtain significant compensation for his plaintiff clients, both through jury awards and negotiated settlements, and his fellow professionals have taken notice of his successful track record. The recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Phillips has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1999. In addition, he is a fellow in the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Phillips is often asked by other attorneys to mediate personal injury cases and business disputes.

    Mr. Phillips attended Washington & Jefferson College as an undergraduate, majoring in economics and receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. He then pursued his legal education at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1962. After graduation, he served for two years in the U.S. Army and then was an assistant district attorney with the Washington County District Attorney's Office before entering private practice. His professional memberships include the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

    *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
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Wrongful Death


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    Super Lawyers: 2006, 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2020

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    About William Phillips

    Admitted: 1962, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: https://www.pflo.com/Attorneys/William-D-Phillips.shtml


    • Best Lawyers in Pittsburgh, 2006 - Present
    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - Present
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - Present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Early Neutral Evaluator/Mediator, Western District of PA, 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Washington County Bar Association, 1962 - Present
    • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1962 - Present
    • Member, Hearing Board, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2004 - Present
    • Former President, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • Current Member, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    • Founding Member, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    • Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1962
    • Pennsylvania, 1962

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Former President and Current Member, Washington County Bar Foundation, 2000 - 2010
    • Trustee, Washington County Bar Foundation


    • Pretetori v. Uniservice, Inc., 413 A.2d 787, 51 Pa. Commw. 74, 1980
    • Vitteck v. Washington Broadcasting Co., 389 A.2d 1197, 256 Pa. Super. 427, 1978
    • Commonwealth v. Shider, 224 A.2d 802, 209 Pa. Super. 133, 1966
    • Trinity Area School District v. Dickson, 302 A.2d 481, 223 Pa. Super. 546, 1973
    • Hargrove v. CNA Ins. Grp., 323 A.2d 785, 228 Pa. Super. 336, 1974
    • Bandes v. Klimoski, 393 A.2d 1050, 260 Pa. Super. 138, 1978
    • Voyles v. Corwin, 441 A.2d 381, 295 Pa. Super. 126, 1982
    • Migyanko v. Thislethwaite, 419 A.2d 12, 275 Pa. Super. 500, 1980
    • Scatteregia v. Shin Shen Wu, 495 A.2d 552, 343 Pa. Super. 452, 1986
    • Bell v. Slezak, 812 A.2d 566, 571 Pa. 333, 2002
    • Lehnig v. Felton, 393 A.2d 302, 481 Pa. 557, 1978

    Representative Clients:

    • Allegheny Energy, Inc.

    Educational Background:

    • Washington and Jefferson College, B.A.B.S. in Economics/Spanish, Honors: Dean's List, With Honors, 1959
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    Office Location for William D. Phillips

    29 E Beau Street
    Washington, PA 15301

    Phone: 724-225-9933

    Fax: 724-225-4712

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    Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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