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Experienced corporate, finance and business attorney, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, and general corporate counseling.  Has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel on over 100 transactions, ranging in transaction value from under $1 million to $3 billion.  Advises both publicly and privately held companies in a wide variety of industries, including energy, financial services, insurance, staffing, manufacturing, technology, and sports and entertainment.


Assists businesses in structuring, negotiating and completing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.  Represents clients in obtaining operating capital, whether it be in the form of debt financing from commercial lenders or equity financing from private equity groups or venture capitalists.  Also represents providers of capital, assisting clients in structuring and documenting loans and equity investments.


As outside corporate counsel, advises companies in matters relating to company formation and corporate governance, and drafts, reviews and negotiates commercial contracts and other material agreements, including shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, services agreements, employment agreements, loan and credit agreements and private placement documentation.


Specialties: General Corporate Counseling and Business Law, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Joint Ventures, Debt Finance, Private Equity and Venture Capital.


Practice areas


  1. M & A: 20%
    23 years, 101 cases
  2. Venture Capital: 15%
    23 years
  3. Financial Services: 15%
    23 years
  4. Debt Agreements: 15%
    23 years
  5. Other: 35%
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  • John J. Lippincott

    Phil and I have worked together on many projects during the years and I have found Phil to be an excellent lawyer with a deep understanding of the real business world and the pitfalls that can occur. I would highly endorse Phil to anyone seeking a knowledgable and hardworking attorney.


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Contact info

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

201 17th Street Nw
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA, 30363


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199308/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough2011 - Present
PartnerLocke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP2007 - 2011
PartnerMcKenna Long & Aldridge2002 - 2007
AssociateLong Aldridge & Norman1996 - 2001
AssociateKing & Spalding LLP1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Conexx: American Israel Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2004 - Present
Association for Corporate GrowthMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acquisitions and Financings for Large Mortgage CompanyN/A
Acquisitions and Financings for National Insurance Brokerage and Risk Management FirmN/A
General Corporate Counseling for Privately Held Staffing CompanyN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Tulane UniversityPolitical Science/International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990