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Paula J. Phillips

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Firm Name
Phillips Perez, P.A.
3633 NE 24th Ave.
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Areas of Practice
Appellate Litigation, Business/Corporate, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Insurance Coverage
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3633 NE 24th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Practice Summary
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Paula J. Phillips is Shareholder and Litigation Chair at Phillips Perez, P.A. An experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer with over 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, professional malpractice, premises liability, personal injury, complex commercial subrogation litigation and appeals. She has been admitted to practice in all Florida courts, 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.

Some highlights of Ms. Phillips' career include serving as co-counsel to the famous (and now infamous) criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey during her first year as a public service lawyer. Thereafter, as an associate with Anania Bandklayder, Ms. Phillips defended Valujet in litigation arising from the catastrophic crash in the Florida Everglades. During her five years with Hinshaw & Culbertson, she represented Lucent Technologies in a catastrophic chemical spill inside a computer chip fabrication facility in Orlando, Florida. Most recently, as part of her pro bono service, Ms. Phillips had the opportunity to argue before the Hon. Neil Gorsuch in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, before his appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

She recently prevailed in a Circuit Court Appeal requiring insureds to seek relief before the Office of Insurance Regulation prior to bringing lawsuits related to premium refunds.

Ms. Phillips served as Chair of the Insurance Litigation Division at Zumpano Castro, LLC from January 2013 to October 2017. Prior to that, she was a senior associate at Cole Scott & Kissane from 2008 to 2013, during which she was appointed as chair of the First Party Property division in the Fort Lauderdale office.

Ms. Phillips has been certified by the Florida Department of Financial Services to teach continuing education courses for insurance adjusters and attorneys.

Ms. Phillips earned her undergraduate degree from Cameron University in her home state of Oklahoma. She was a scholarship recipient at The University of Miami School of Law, where she served as Chair of the Student Bar Association 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, taking teams to regional and national finals. She was selected by her classmates as the Student Speaker at the 1997 Commencement Ceremony, where she received her Juris Doctor, cum laude.