Paula J. Phillips

Paula J. Phillips is a Shareholder, and an experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer. She has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell. With nearly twenty years of experience in practice, her command includes subject matter ranging from aviation, to catastrophic product liability, to construction, to first and third party insurance coverage and claims defense, and even professional malpractice, premises liability, personal injury, complex commercial subrogation litigation and appeals. She has been admitted to practice in Florida, along with the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. 

Ms. Phillips earned her undergraduate degree from Cameron University in her home state of Oklahoma. The University of Miami School of Law offered her a scholarship, which brought her to Miami. As a law student, she served as Chair of the Student Bar Association’s Senate, Executive Editor of the Entertainment and Sports Law Review, and competed against schools from across the United States on behalf of the University of Miami at the ABA’s National Negotiation Competition. (She continued to coach the Negotiation Competition for more than a decade, which is where she first met Jane Muir.) She was selected by her classmates as the Student Speaker at the 1997 Commencement Ceremony, where she received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude.

Some highlights of her career include serving as co-counsel to the famous (and now infamous) criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. As an associate with Anania Bandklayder, Ms. Phillips defended Valujet in litigation arising from the catastrophic crash in the Florida Everglades. She had the opportunity to argue an appeal before the Hon. Neil Gorsuch in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, before he was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Phillips has been certified by the Florida Department of Financial Services to teach continuing education courses for insurance adjusters and attorneys.

Ms. Phillips is devoted to community service. Through the Florida Legal Aid Clinic, she provides free legal advice in the areas of guardianship and family law to indigent clients. She is also active in the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Ethical Governance Program, and serves as parliamentarian to various organizations. She also enjoys participating in marathons and triathlons, and, true to her Oklahoma roots, baking, cooking and candy-making.

Reach Paula at 786-533-1100 or by email at paula@phillipsmuir.com.