Christopher P. DePhillips is Of Counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, and a key member of the Litigation Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, asbestos litigation, toxic tort, pharmaceutical liability, general liability defense and commercial litigation. He is also Deputy General Counsel and Director of Compliance of Porzio Life Sciences, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the law firm.
Mr. DePhillips’ approach to litigation defense leads him to determine early on what it will take to remove the client from the case as quickly as possible, whether it is an industrial product that is alleged to have harmed a plaintiff, a piece of equipment that has malfunctioned, an asbestos or pharmaceutical product alleged to have caused a medical injury, or an injury that has occurred on the premises of a client. If early settlement or summary judgment is unlikely, Mr. DePhillips prepares aggressively for trial.
Mr. DePhillips has represented his litigation clients in both national counsel and local counsel capacities. He has national counsel experience in asbestos, product liability, and environmental contamination matters. As local counsel in New Jersey and New York, he has attracted clients from all over the country. His clientele is varied and wide-ranging, which is a testament to his trial experience and the strategic thinking he brings to his cases. He is a leader in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only defense organization.
Clients who look for tenacity and a well-conceived strategy in a lawyer look to Chris DePhillips. He is unusually well-skilled at grasping both the 30,000 foot view and the minute details of the cases he defends for his clients. Clients find that his natural diplomacy and strong interpersonal skills enhance his ability to be effective with them, and with difficult adversaries and judges. Clients never question that Mr. DePhillips is in command of their matters – he carefully balances the details of each matter ensuring that the overall strategy is advanced. He amasses a team that is cohesive and maintains open lines of communication to and from the client. Advocacy is at the heart of his approach, and he is relentless in pursuing his clients’ interests.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, J.D., 1992
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., B.A., Government-Comparative Politics, Minor—Philosophy, 1987
University of Essex, Colchester, England, Exchange Student in European and Soviet Politics, 1985–1986