March 14, 2018
Taylor Porter Managing Partner and LSU Law Center Adjunct Professor Skip Philips served as a volunteer judge at the 2018 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition, an LSU Law Center competition that is open to all second-and third-year law students and is sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Board. A Flory Trial is held each semester; the fall Flory trial is traditionally a criminal case, while the spring Flory trial is a civil case. Students interested in being considered for membership of the Trial Advocacy Board compete in at least one Flory Trial during their second year of law school. The competition was held from Jan. 25 - March 6.
The Spring 2018 Flory Trial Competition case file, Cyrus v. MEGA Entertainment, Inc., was tried under the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure.
Philips recently received a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Honoree award from LSU Law Center, recognizing graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community. Philips is an adjunct professor at LSU Law, where he teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Law and Medicine, and Insurance Law. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism and litigation skills. He is a member of the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute and is a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Center. Philips received his Juris Doctor in 1983 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 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 in 1972 from LSU, where he was a distinguished military graduate in the Army ROTC program.
Philips serves as Taylor Porter’s Managing Partner and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His primary practice areas include 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, in which he serves as counsel to non-profit organizations. Philips has been ranked by his peers and clients in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Louisiana Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. In both 2017 and 2018, he ranked among the Top 50 Overall Louisiana Super Lawyers Attorneys. Philips is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is a fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to 4,000 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.