EDUCATION: University of North Carolina, J.D. (1977) and
B.A. (1973, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.)
After practicing law in Boston for six years Mark Phillips joined the plaintiffs’ trial team as a consultant in a landmark environmental case that became the subject of the book, A Civil Action.
That case taught him some enduring lessons about complex trials and launched his study of juries and witnesses and trial techniques. In 1996 he formed Phillips Partners to bring a perspective not taught
in law school.
He has consulted nationally on a wide range of important litigation, including intellectual property, product liability, pharmaceutical and
mass torts. He has studied or interviewed over 5,000 jurors and
prepared hundreds of important witnesses. He has spent over 350 days in trial (from beginning to end), mostly preparing witnesses but also advising on jury selection, opening statements, direct examination and demonstrative exhibits. He was on the trial teams in four cases that together ran six months. Those end-to-end trial experiences have
made him a better consultant.