Katz & Phillips, P.A.
James D. Phillips is a partner in the law firm of Katz & Phillips, P.A. Although Katz & Phillips, P.A., offers representation in criminal defense, family law and personal injury, the founding partners David S. Katz and James D. Phillips, are most well known for their practice in DUI defense.
Mr. Phillips knew at an early age that he wanted to be a lawyer, but also found himself intrigued by the various fields of science. Mr. Phillips graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He then obtained his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. Mr. Phillips’ scientific background has played a crucial role in fighting the admissibility of scientific evidence in DUI and other criminal cases.
Upon graduating law school, Mr. Phillips accepted a position representing the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney. As a prosecutor, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases with a heavy interest in DUI’s. Mr. Phillips left the State Attorney’s Office to work as an associate in a Criminal Defense Law Firm where he primarily handled major felonies before joining up with former DUI prosecutor David Katz to form Katz & Phillips, P.A.
Although the vast majority of his practice is dedicated to DUI defense, Mr. Phillips has represented individuals in State and Federal court charged with felonies, sex crimes, violent crimes, internet crimes, white collar crimes and murder. Mr. Phillips is a published author in the area of DUI and Criminal Defense and has written multiple training manuals on DUI Defense and Criminal Trial strategy utilized by criminal defense attorneys throughout the nation. Mr. Phillips has been the key speaker at various state and national DUI seminars in which he lectured and trained other attorneys.
Mr. Phillips has received a Superb rating from AVVO since 2011, the highest level an attorney can obtain, and has been the recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell Client’s Distinction award for 2013 and 2014. He has received recognition for his demonstrated leadership and achievement in the legal profession by being selected for inclusion in Strathmore’s Who’s Who. Mr. Phillips was chosen in 2013 and 2014 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers (less than 2.5% of all attorneys receive this honor) for DUI Defense and was selected as one of Central Florida’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers and as one of Florida’s Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Phillips was recently selected as one of Florida’s Top 40 Under the Age of 40 by The American Society of Legal Advocates and One of Florida’s Ten Best DUI/DWI Attorneys by The American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.
Katz & Phillips, P.A.
509 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32804
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