Joseph Phillips' white collar, brand protection, and compliance practice focuses on risk management and protection of intellectual property. In particular, he helps to address the legal risks associated with in-house development of actionable intelligence for sharing with law enforcement in support of anti-contraband and anti-counterfeit programs. Mr. Phillips also advises clients on data privacy issues and on compliance with specialized reporting obligations.

Mr. Phillips' litigation practice includes a variety of complex cases in state and federal courts across the country, including complex environmental, civil rights, constitutional, regulatory, and property rights matters. Mr. Phillips also has an active pro bono practice with an emphasis on civil rights.

During law school, Mr. Phillips worked with Harvard's International Human Rights Clinic to advocate tighter restrictions on incendiary weapons at the United Nations. He also worked at the Federal Housing Finance Agency where he investigated fraudulent activities of mortgage servicers and drafted regulatory guidance.


  • For Fortune 200 company, provide advice regarding legal and reputational risks associated with undercover investigations into counterfeiting of, and illegal trade in, company's brands.
  • Present on legal and practical topics—e.g., privacy, conspiracy, conducting private investigations, status of particular business/legal risk environments—to audiences including lawyers, business people, and investigators/former law enforcement personnel.
  • Develop "Know Your Customer/Supplier" processes, and help conduct business partner reviews.
  • Supervise attorneys in conducting legal research and analysis, and in providing useful, practical advice to business clients.
  • Prepare for, and respond to, government inquiry regarding downstream activities of client's customers.
  • Provided legal and practical advice on development and implementation of specialized intelligence management software.
  • For a Fortune 200 company, developed and implemented ongoing process to gather, analyze, and disclose sensitive information across all departments to ensure compliance with specialized reporting obligations.


Lessons In Defending Groundwater Contamination Cases (pdf)
Published by Energy Law360, Environmental Law360, Pennsylvania Law360, Product Liability Law360, and Trials Law360
Fracking Litigation Update: Despite Successful Pre-trial Motions, Pennsylvania Jury Awards Multi-Million Dollar Verdict
Arnold & Porter Advisory
Tracking Drug Counterfeiters Using Private Investigators (pdf)
Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report
Legal Considerations For Pharmaceutical Brand Protection Programs (pdf)

Bloomberg BNA's Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report

Privacy Considerations for Pharmaceutical Brand Protection Programs (pdf)

Bloomberg BNA's Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2012, cum laude
  • Honors Degree, Barrett, The Honors College, 2008
  • BA, Philosophy, Arizona State University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholar
  • Colorado
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • Board Member, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Division
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Strategic Planning Committee

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