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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. Chris primarily focuses his practice on defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care related professionals in medical malpractice matters. He has successfully defended many wrongful death and permanent injury cases for various health care providers. In his almost thirty years of litigating various types of 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.

Recognition

Georgia Super Lawyers: Construction Litigation, 2007-2018

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law; 2009-2018

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Lawyer of the Year: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2017

The Best Lawyers in America named Chris Phillips the Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated city is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned from his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.


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News

Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2017 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys were recently selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2016 Rising Stars. The prestigious Super Lawyers honor, awarded annually, represents the top five percent of attorneys in each state in the nation.

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20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean attorneys were recently honored as 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyer honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state.

 

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15 attorneys at HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

 

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25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Nine HunterMaclean attorneys were recently recognized as Georgia Super Lawyers. Two of the firm’s partners were also named Rising Stars.

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Firm Partner Chris Phillips Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates

Chris Phillips was recently inducted into the American Board of Trail Advocates, a national association of trial lawyers and judges

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for Georgia Trend’s 2012 “Legal Elite” Issue

Georgia Trend honored 14 HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” issue, which recognizes the top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

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10 HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys have been selected as 2012 Georgia Super Lawyers. Atlanta Magazine will honor the firm’s attorneys in the March 2012 issue.

The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyer honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2012

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently honored a record 23 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “This honor reflects hard work on the part of the firm’s partners and associates.”

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10 HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers for 2011

Atlanta Magazine recently recognized 10 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2011 issue.

The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 20 years ago.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2011

The Best Lawyers in America® for 2011, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 28 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 20 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We’re delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

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Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers for 2010

Atlanta Magazine recently named nine HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2010 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyershonor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 19 years ago.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010

The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 20 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 18 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year’s Best Lawyers in America list,” said John M. Tatum, HunterMaclean’s managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

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11 HunterMaclean Attorneys named 2009 Georgia Super Lawyers

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2009 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 18 years ago.

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Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Named 2009 Best Lawyers in America

Eighteen leading attorneys with HunterMaclean were recently named to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2009, a confidential peer-review survey, breaking the firm record set for 2008, when 16 attorneys earned this top honor.

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Congratulations to HunterMaclean's 2008 Super Lawyers

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2008 issue. The prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 17 years ago

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Atlanta Magazine Names 11 HunterMaclean Attorneys to Prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers List

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2007 issue. The Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 16 years ago.

HunterMaclean’s attorneys were selected after ballots were sent to Georgia lawyers who have been licensed in the state for five years or more. Listed in the Georgia Super Lawyers 2007 publication as well as in a special edition of Atlanta Magazine, the attorneys are organized by their primary areas of practice.

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Spotlight

The Architecture of Business: Attorneys Guide Telfair Through Expansion

HunterMaclean helped lay the groundwork for the Telfair Museum of Art to build the new Jepson Center, a sleek, contemporary building on Telfair Square in downtown Savannah. The Jepson successfully bridges the city’s historic architecture with its vibrant future, serving as a centerpiece of Savannah’s cultural community.

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