Phil is an experienced litigator who advises and defends companies in complex labor and employment matters in civil court, arbitrations, and before administrative agencies, including:
- High-stakes class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA);
- Independent-contractor misclassification matters, including those in the “gig-economy”;
- Wage-and-hour disputes;
- Breach-of-contract and wrongful-termination disputes;
- Whistleblower/retaliation, harassment, and discrimination claims;
- Breach-of-duty-of-loyalty and unfair-competition claims;
- Traditional labor matters, including matters before the National Labor Relations Board.
Phil also regularly advises businesses relating to a broad spectrum of employment issues, including the creation of state-of-the-art policies and contracts, workplace investigations, terminations, worker-classification audits, and various other compliance issues.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Phil was a Shareholder at Littler in its San Francisco office.
In law school, Phil interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, and the Hon. Peter J. Messitte in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.