Phil’s primary areas of expertise are employment, labor, and healthcare law. However, over the years Phil has provided counsel to companies and individuals in many different legal areas.
Phil finds great satisfaction in providing counsel and guidance which allows clients to meet their goals. His years of experience can help clients avoid legal problems and, if legal problems arise, resolve them in the most effective and cost-efficient matter.
The University of Toledo, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980
Yale University, B.A, 1975
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Maurice Spear, Juvenile Detention Center
Lenawee Youth Development Board of Trustees (2005 – Present)
Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees (2011 – Present)
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan Board of Directors (2004 – 2010, 2012 – Present)
Yale Club of Northwest Ohio
YMCA Camp Storer Advisory Board
Ottawa Hills Board of Education
Toledo Bar Association
Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys
Ohio State Bar Association
Michigan State Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Our client took over as CEO of a third generation family business on the brink of failing. The new CEO managed to stabilize its financial condition and return the company to profitability. However, two former executives of the company, one a family member and the other a long time employee, still had significant positions in the company and remained minority shareholders. Both presented financial, performance, and interpersonal obstacles to the company’s new direction.
Acting as partners with the new CEO, we analyzed the situation, assessed risks and rewards, and in a clear, straightforward fashion we devised a plan to resolve the problem. The guiding principle was determining whether the former executives were assets or liabilities.
Through a combination of documentation, execution and bringing the right resource to the problem, one former executive was terminated amicably, and without litigation, while the other transitioned to a position which utilized his strengths at a more appropriate compensation level.
I would rather be outside. I enjoy golf, hunting, canoeing, walking, boating, and other outdoor activities. While inside, I enjoy reading, following sports, and cooking.
I have been married to Robin for a long time and we have two adult children.