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Gregory J. Phillips

Vice Chair, Litigation Practice Group; Chair, Business Litigation Practice Group
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Gregory J. Phillips is Vice-Chair of Benesch’s Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group. He litigates all aspects of complex business and commercial cases for public and private companies, as well as for individuals. Greg has argued successfully before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, while litigating cases before numerous trial courts and arbitration panels around the country.

For the last three years, Greg has been named by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the Commercial Litigation field. Best Lawyers in America® is based entirely on peer review and the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues. Since 2015, Greg has also repeatedly been named by Benchmark Litigation as a future "State Litigation Star," defined as an attorney who is recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers, and is highly likely to be continually recommended in the coming years. Furthermore, he has recently been named a 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer for business litigation for the third time.

As one of Benesch’s lead commercial litigators, Greg has directly contributed to the upward progression of the firm’s litigation practice over the last two and half years and to retaining and growing the firm’s litigation client base. During this time, Benesch’s Litigation Practice Group has nearly doubled in size. 

Since joining Benesch, Greg has served as lead counsel on a number of significant matters for Benesch’s clients, including two complex commercial arbitrations in which Greg obtained multimillion-dollar victories for his clients after trials on the merits. Greg’s clients include some of the largest companies in Northeast Ohio, as well as the largest U.S. debit and credit card processor; a global leader in sports, fashion, and media; and a leading international manufacturer with its U.S. headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Greg’s high-profile cases have attracted substantial media attention. His cases have been covered by prominent national and Ohio news outlets, including USA Today, Reuters, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS Sports, Golfweek, Computerworld, Law360, Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch.

As a member of Benesch’s Risk & Ethics Committee, Greg educates and trains colleagues on risk avoidance and mitigation, and provides advice and counseling on ethics matters when needed. Greg has significant experience in professional responsibility matters and the attorney-client privilege, having served as his former firm’s General Counsel and chair of its Ethics Committee.


    • University of Virginia School of Law, 1998, J.D.
    • Princeton University, 1993, A.B.
      • magna cum laude

    • Ohio
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Law Clerk for Judge Albert V. Bryan, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1998-1999