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Kathleen Phillips joined the firm in 2001.  She focuses on highly complex commercial litigation cases and high profile white-collar criminal defense cases.  Her skill is in trial preparation and discovery in high volume matters.  Ms. Phillips is an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University’s School of Law where she teaches Legal Research and Writing, Advance Legal Research and Writing, and Appellate Advocacy.

BSKS Experience

Assisted in obtaining a favorable settlement for Rolls Royce in a civil action arising from the manufacture of a propulsion device.  In this matter, Ms. Phillips reviewed and collected discovery documents, prepared cross-examination materials, located and interviewed expert witnesses, conducted legal and investigative research, and issued trial subpoenas.

Assisted in defending the developer of the Hard Rock Hotels and Casino in a civil dispute with Donald Trump.  Ms. Phillips attended hearings, reviewed discovery, conducted legal and investigative research, and prepared materials for depositions.

Assisted in defending five defendants and one of the nation’s leading wholesale pharmaceutical companies, in the largest healthcare fraud case filed in the United States, in 2005.  Ms. Phillips assisted with reviewing discovery materials, cross examination materials (for more than 120 potential witnesses), indentifying and interviewing defense witnesses, legal and investigative research and attending trial. 

Obtained a favorable result for a Colombian citizen in a civil forfeiture case.  Drafted motions, attended hearings, interviewed client and witnesses.  Assisted in the preparation and trial of an alleged leader of the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s. 

Represented a client charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, after a canine search, during a traffic stop. Conducted legal research, drafted motions, handled and interviewed client, located and interviewed canine experts, and attended motion to suppress hearing. 

Trial preparation of a doctor accused with 14 counts of health care fraud and 40 counts of overprescribing controlled substances, two of which resulted in death.  Kathleen conducted legal research, reviewed discovery materials, located and interviewed expert witness, and attended trial. 

Prior Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Phillips gained extensive trial experience defending the rights of indigent aliens before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  In addition, she interned at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office in both the domestic violence and felony division.  Ms. Phillips also has 10 years of experience being a private investigator, where she investigated several high profile cases including William Kennedy Smith, Yahweh Ben Yahweh, and the Bolder Boys. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Adjunct professor at St. Thomas University teaching classes in Legal Research and Writing, Advance Legal Research and Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, 2007-present
  • Research Assistant for St. Thomas University criminal law Professor Alfredo Garcia, 1996-1997

Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2008


  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America


  • Spanish