JOHN W. PHILLIPS
Phone: (818) 348-9515
"John Phillips's tenacity and skill bringing Tom Metzger and his racist band to court give a powerful testament to one prosecutor's passion for justice. A great book that restores one's faithin the system."
- Morris Dees
John W. Phillips is a trial attorney with an unparalleled track record of courtroom success. Beginning his legal career in 1979 as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, John conducted nearly 200 jury trials, obtaining results which included the largest civil judgment ever recorded against a slumlord by the City. John was later appointed Special Prosecutor to the Organized Crime and Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he conducted the trial of fifteen members of the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party and other domestic terrorist groups on charges ranging from criminal conspiracy, illegal weapons possession, the setting of illegal fires, and unlawful assembly. He obtained convictions in this nationally broadcasted trial (Court TV), and is very proud to have set a legal precedent which helped end overt Klan recruitment activity by establishing for the first time in American judicial history that the Ku Klux Klan ceremonial cross ‘lighting’ ceremony (or cross burning as it’s more commonly called) is not protected by the First Amendment.
John went into private practice in 1989, dedicating his efforts to protecting the rights of the individual. Focusing his wealth of courtroom and trial experience on personal injury actions, John developed a track record of successfully representing individuals harmed by auto negligence, property hazards, defective products and medical malpractice, and has recovered multi-million dollar recoveries in many forms of catastrophic loss.
John’s approach to representing accident victims is a unique blend of fierce advocacy and compassion. He prides himself on getting to know each one of his clients personally and making efforts to understand their immediate concerns and long-term needs. Clients, attorneys and judges respect John for his even temperament, relatability, and ease in reducing complex facts and law into simple questions of “right” and “wrong.”