May 29, 2019
Taylor Porter Partner Skip Philips has been elected treasurer of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the largest state funder of civil legal aid supporting non-profits throughout Louisiana that provide free, civil legal representation to the indigent, law-related education to the public, and administration of justice projects. Philips was installed as treasurer of the LBF at the 33rd Annual LBF Fellows Gala held April 5th in New Orleans.
Since 1989, the LBF has distributed more than $80 million to hundreds of Louisiana non-profit organizations to meet these goals. Each year, the LBF awards grants to more than 70 non-profit organizations that provide access to the justice system and civil legal assistance to Louisiana's low-income citizens. Through grants, the LBF assists women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes, disaster victims and many others. The LBF serves as the fiscal administrator for the State of Louisiana Child in Need of Care Program which provides free legal representation to all children in foster care and for the Louisiana Supreme Court Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts Program.
Practicing law since 1983, Philips focuses his practice areas on state and federal civil trial and appellate litigation, including banking, commercial, insurance, personal injury, insurance coverage, and products liability cases. His practice also includes corporate law as counsel to several non-profit organizations. Philips has been ranked by his peers and clients in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Louisiana Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and of Litigation Counsel of America. He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the three federal district courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Philips formerly served for nine years as the Taylor Porter Managing Partner and as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.
Philips is a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations. He is a former president of the Louisiana Association of (Civil) Defense Counsel. He has served as a mediator and as an arbitrator. Philips previously served as a chair of a Disciplinary Hearing Committee appointed by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. He is the former Director of Character and Fitness for the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions and has also served as a bar examiner and assistant examiner. He is on the boards of directors of Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (Vice Chair and Chair of the Building and Planning Committee), Cadets of the Ole War Skull (LSU Military Alumni), and Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School for which he serves as the board vice chair and as chair of the school's Corporate Work Study program. He is the Chair of the South Louisiana Super Region Committee, a joint endeavor of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Philips is an adjunct professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Advanced Healthcare Law, and Insurance. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism and litigation skills. He is a member of the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute, and co-chairs the Institute's Committee on Torts and Insurance. He is a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Center. He received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1983, where he was the editor- in- chief of the Louisiana Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif. He received a Bachelor of Science from L.S.U. in 1972, where he was a distinguished military graduate in the Army ROTC program.
Philips is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was last assigned as Commanding General, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, New Orleans, Louisiana, where he commanded more than 30,000 Army Reserve soldiers in the United States.