Galen A. Phillips, an associate in Goodwin’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation. He has represented clients in class actions as well as civil and criminal matters by the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and prosecutors from across California. Mr. Phillips’s representative matters include defending a digital currency exchange in a putative class action; a business in an investigation by the SEC relating to an initial coin offering; individuals and entities in securities class actions in California and New York federal courts; an individual in a criminal tax investigation; and the CEO of a healthcare company in criminal proceedings.

Mr. Phillips has an active pro bono practice, including representing an unadopted daughter in an estate dispute, at-risk youth from Honduras and Nicaragua in immigration proceedings, and indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings. In 2017, in recognition of his robust pro bono practice, Mr. Phillips received Goodwin’s Los Angeles Office Pro Bono Award.

Mr. Phillips has significant experience in nearly all stages of litigation, including meeting with the government for proffers and reverse proffers; arguing in state and federal court; preparing expert and percipient witnesses before testifying; defending witnesses in depositions; drafting dispositive, evidentiary, and procedural motions in state and federal courts; drafting appellate briefs in state and federal courts of appeal; and mediating disputes that resulted in advantageous settlements for his clients.

Mr. Phillips contributes to Goodwin’s Securities Snapshot, a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting news from the civil and criminal securities law arenas.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Phillips served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judith Haller on the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One. While attending law school, he was the chief executive editor of the UCLA Law Review.

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J.D., 2015
UCLA School of Law
B.A., 2010
Whitman College

(cum laude)





U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California