Phil has been a Partner with the firm since 1990. He is a graduate of Milligan College (A.B., 1970), and The Ohio State University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1975). He also attended the Cincinnati Bible Seminary and the Emmanuel School of Religion. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1975 and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the Muskingum County Bar Association (of which he was President in 1989) and the Ohio State Bar Association. He served as the Zanesville City Law Director from 1984 to 1994. His major practice areas include General Practice, Probate Law, Business Law, Municipal and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law.

Phil was born in Kenton, Ohio, and is married to Barbara J. Phillips. They have two children, Emily Phillips Tansey and Aaron B. Phillips, and four grandchildren.