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Craig W. Phillips has extensive experience serving as a mediator, arbitrator and insurance appraisal umpire. Beginning in about 2000 he began providing mediation and arbitration services when asked by colleagues. In 2018 he began working fulltime as a mediator and arbitrator. From law school graduation in 1981 until the end of 2017, Mr. Phillips had an active litigation practice.
Mr. Phillips has served as a mediator on over 2,500 occasions. The matters have involved cases and attorneys from across the country. Matters mediated by Mr. Phillips have been varied and include construction defect, general commercial, medical and other professional malpractice, bad faith, insurance coverage, product liability, general negligence, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims. Mr. Phillips mediates single plaintiff cases, consolidated cases, class actions, and mass torts (on a single plaintiff or inventory basis). Mr. Phillips also frequently serves as an arbitrator, both in panels and as a sole arbitrator. His work additionally includes serving as an insurance appraisal umpire.
Prior to focusing his practice exclusively in the area of alternative dispute resolution in 2018, Mr. Phillips spent 37 years in practice as a trial lawyer. During this time he first-chaired more than 50 trials. He practiced in both state and federal courts, and for more than 20 years represented clients in mass tort and class actions before state, federal and MDL courts. Mr. Phillips represented drug companies (HT, DTP, Phen-Fen, PPA, Thimerosal, Reglan and Norplant cases) and device companies (manufacturers of cannulas, joint implants, suturing devices and computer-assisted surgical devices). He also served as counsel in other types of cases, including bad faith, coverage, premises liability, food borne illness, tire defect, a wide range of product liability, railroad, and other serious injury and wrongful death matters. Prior to joining Skelly, Muchmore, Oberbillig & Phillips, Mr. Phillips spent the previous 25 years at Lewis Roca Rothgerber and Christie.
Mr. Phillips is listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2003 - 2020 for Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation and Product Liability Litigation (2019 Lawyer of the Year, Phoenix, Product Liability Defense), Southwest Super Lawyers 2012 - 2015 and 2018 - 2019, The Phoenix Magazine “Best of Phoenix,” The AZ Business Magazine Top Lawyers, and has achieved an AV/Preeminent Attorney rating. He is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
- Banking & Finance
- Medical Devices
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Property Damage
- Wrongful Death
- J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1981
- B.S., Arizona State University, 1978
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association, Member
- Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
- Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
- Defense Research Institute, Member
- Member of many committees related to alternative dispute resolution and drug and device litigation
- Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
$550 per hour