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William K. Phillips

also known as Bill Phillips

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We fight for your rights in the workplace! 

We are a workplace discrimination law firm serving the New York City and Tri-State area. Our law firm has successfully represented numerous clients who have been sexually harassed or discriminated against because of their race, national origin, gender, religion, disability and other protected traits. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach – we always strive to provide quality, compassionate, and personalized representation for each and every one of our clients. We make every effort to obtain the maximum level of compensation for each client we serve.

William K. Phillips is a New York employment discrimination attorney, and is the Managing Partner of Phillips & Associates. He has handled numerous sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, and other employment law cases. He was selected as a 2013 Top 100 Labor & Employment Lawyer in New York by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Recognized as a stellar employment lawyer by his peers, he also serves in an “Of Counsel” capacity to other law firms, providing litigation supervision in connection with their employment law cases. He works hard to obtain the best possible results for his clients, and has had great success in securing millions of dollars in damages and settlement awards. 

Mr. Phillips has strong roots in New York. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the College of Staten Island, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology. He studied entertainment law and landlord-tenant law at New York Law School and graduated from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami in 1993. 

Mr. Phillips was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996. He is admitted to practice in the federal courts for the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Before focusing on employment law, Mr. Phillips gained experience in business and other areas, giving him a valuable frame of reference from which to analyze the industries in which his clients and their employers work. From 2006-2010, he served as the Principal of Real Estate Development at TPG Design. There he was responsible for the creation, management and development real estate projects. In recent years, he has purchased and sold over $17 million of property for his own account. 

Before his work in real estate development, Mr. Phillips served as Vice President of the Fieldstone Private Capital Group, a boutique investment bank in New York. There he was responsible for originating and executing all investment banking mandates, managing a portfolio of aircraft assets, negotiating with airlines regarding early terminations, defaults, and working with assets subject to bankruptcies, litigation, and repossession. His professional accomplishments while in this position include the 10 million sale of a Turkish charter airline; a $24 million sell-side advisory for the sale of a British entity’s U.S. Airport Services division; global placement of over 30 Boeing and Airbus aircraft for sale and/or lease; and the restructuring of 26 MD-80 aircraft resulting in a 60% rent reduction and $16 million in debt forgiveness, with the structuring of $10 million in debt, for a U.S. airline. Prior to this experience, Mr. Phillips served as the business development director for a bar exam review company in New York, and also as a professional model in Europe and the U.S. 

Mr. Phillips is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA"), and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He is also active in his local legal community, with memberships in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, and the New York Chapter of NELA. 

In addition to his passion for employment law, Mr. Phillips is a benefactor of the arts and education, supporting various organizations. He enjoys weight training, swimming, tennis, basketball, boxing, and racquetball. He is also a published fashion and portrait photographer.


Languages spoken: English, Russian, Spanish, French

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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 50%
    4 years
  2. Discrimination: 40%
    4 years
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
    4 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 5%
    4 years



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    I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Phillips on numerous occasions. He is an intelligent, professional and knowledgeable attorney who always zealously fights to obtain the best possible results for his clients. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Phillips.


    Jeffrey Rosenberg Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Bryan Samuel Arce

    I have worked extensively with Mr. Phillips, and have found him to be diligent, professional, and above all, a very good attorney who always fights for his client's rights.


    Bryan Arce Discrimination Attorney
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Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC

45 Broadway
Suite 620
New York, NY, 10006


NYCurrently registered 199603/13/2015
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerPhillips & Associates, Attorneys At Law, PLLC2013 - Present
PartnerPhillips & Phillips2012 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Brooklyn Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association, New YorkN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
NEW YORK POST- Da Silvano owner accused of groping parking-garage managerPending
NEW YORK POST-"Rev. Tried to sin with me"Pending
NY case puts N-word use among blacks on trial$250,000 in compensatory damages. Punitive Damages Pending
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
City University of New York, College of Staten IslandSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989