Chris Phillips is a partner in the Savannah office of the Firm. His practice areas include medical malpractice defense, construction law, products liability, insurance law, and general litigation. Over the last approximately twenty-five years, Chris has primarily concentrated his practice on medical malpractice defense, where he defends hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. He has successfully defended many wrongful death and permanent injury cases for various health care providers. In his over thirty years of litigating various types of personal injury and wrongful death disputes, Chris has participated in over forty jury trials and arbitrations, including in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and New York.
Chris also concentrates in the area of contract and personal injury litigation related to the construction industry. He has experience representing numerous contractors, owners, bonding companies, design professionals, and subcontractors/suppliers. Past cases include successfully representing a regional general contractor in an arbitration recovery against the owner of a large office building and recovering the full amount of the claim, including interest and attorneys’ fees.
Chris is admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia. He is a member of the Savannah Bar Association. Chris has also been accepted as a Charter Member of the South Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Chris authored “Principles of Hospital Liability,” a chapter in the fourth edition of The Georgia Hospital Law Manual published by The Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys (2001). He is also the author of “Potential Traps for Contractors, Insurance and Indemnity Provisions in Construction Contracts,” which appeared in the February 1994 Construction Law Supplement to the Fulton County Daily Report. Chris has given numerous lectures on legal topics (such as “Negotiating Contracts from a Subcontractor’s Perspective” and “Lien Waivers and Contractor’s Affidavits”) at various construction-related seminars sponsored by different organizations, including the Georgia Continuing Legal Education Institute, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Lorman Business Services. Chris has also given numerous presentations and lectures to, and participated in mock trials and depositions for, many client groups on varied topics related to medical malpractice.
Chris served on the Executive Committee of the Savannah Bar Association in 1999 and presently serves as a member of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy. He is also active on numerous boards, committees, and associations related to Isle of Hope United Methodist Church and Benedictine Military School.
Chris graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Forest Resources in 1983 and an M.F.R. in Forest Business Management in 1985. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with a J.D., cum laude, in 1988. During law school, he served on the editorial review board of the Georgia Law Review.