Phillip S. Sykes

Phillip S. Sykes: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP AV stamp icon
  • Associate at Butler Snow LLP
  • Renaissance at Colony Park, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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  • Peer Reviews

    4.8/5.0 (1)
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Attorney Awards


He is an effective negotiator and effectively uses relationships to obtain optimal results for clients. He has early recognition of cases for trial settings and/or settlement, sees the big picture and creates strategies for the future to protect the client.
Patricia Bligh
Chubb & Son Inc.


•Certified Public Accountant
•A - Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2007-2017
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
•Litigation - General Litigation - Mississippi, 2010-2018
Best Lawyers in America
•Litigation - Real Estate: Lawyer of the Year - Jackson, MS, 2015, 2019
•Litigation - Securities: Lawyer of the Year - Jackson, MS, 2017
•Corporate Governance Law: Lawyer of the Year - Jackson, MS, 2016, 2018
•Litigation - Land Use and Zoning: Lawyer of the Year - Jackson, MS, 2013
•Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2019
•Commercial Litigation, 2010-2019
•Corporate Governance Law, 2013-2019
•Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, 2011-2019
•Litigation - Real Estate, 2011-2019
•Litigation - Securities, 2011-2019
•Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2011-2019
•Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2012-2019
•Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2012-2019
•Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2012-2019
•Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2011-2019
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2018
•Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
•Former Auditor, KPMG (Jackson, MS)
•Graduate, Leadership Jackson
•fellow, American Bar Foundation

Civic Involvement

•Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, Board of Directors, Former Member
•Friends of Children's Hospital, Board of Directors, Former Member
•Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Fundraiser and Marathon Runner
•Team Continuum, Fundraiser and Marathon Runner

In the News

•158 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Butler Snow Ranked No. 2 in Lex Machina’s ‘Top Law Firm Report’
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 45 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•129 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 16 Named Lawyer of the Year
•Chambers USA Ranks 40 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Experienced Litigator Phillip Sykes Joins Butler Snow

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

• Co-Author, “Does Spoliation Spoil a Product Liability Claim? Analyzing and Defending Product Liability Claims of the Product-less Claimant,” IADC, Product Liability Committee Newsletter, December 2017.
•Presenter, “Daimler v. Bauman: Are You Defending Lawsuits Where You Don’t Belong?,” IADC Midyear Meeting 2016.
•Co-Author, “Are You Defending Clients Where They Don’t Belong? Corporate Defendants’ New Potent Defense Is Personal (Jurisdiction, That Is),” 82 IADC Defense Counsel Journal 282, 2015.
•Co-Author, It's Personal: The Supreme Court Equips Corporate Defendants With A Potent Defense From an Almost-Forgotten Friend, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7, No. 4, December 2014.
•Seminar Co-Chair, Network of Trial Law Firms, Litigation Management in a New York Minute, New York, NY, 2011-2014.
•Seminar Co-Chair, Network of Trial Law Firms, Semi-Annual Meetings, 2011-2014.
•Presenter, Information is Power: Defending Mass Environmental Claims, IADC Annual Meeting, 2013.
•Presenter, Information is Power, The Network of Trial Law Firms, Napa, CA and New York, NY.
•Presenter, Mississippi's Reversal of Fortune: Return from Judicial Hellhole, The Network of Trial Law Firms, New York, NY and Scottsdale, AZ.
•Presenter, Managing Legal Liability in an Audit, Central Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Jackson, MS.
• Presenter, Free Speech or Sanctions, Network of Trial Law Firms, Phoenix, AZ.
•Author, Intentional Torts - Alienation of Affections - An Inference of Defendant's Intentional Interference in Plaintiff's Marital Relations Is Sufficient to Prove Alienation, 63 Miss. L.J. 249.

Recent Blogs

•Are you defending suits where you don’t belong?
•Going Private Mergers: More Lenient Standard of Judicial Review Now Available

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate and Written Advocacy
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Business Torts and Unfair Competition

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4431  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
University Attended:
Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Professional Accountancy, magna cum laude, 1990
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
Year of First Admission:
1995, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 1995, U.S. District Court for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi; 1995, Mississippi


American Bar Association

Mississippi Bar

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Audit Committee, 2017-Present

Business Litigation Committee


Vice Chair, 2018-2019

Programs and Special Projects

Vice Chair, 2016-2017


Vice Chair, 2014-2016

Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee


Vice Chair, 2016-2017

CLE Committee

2016 Midyear Meeting

Birth Information:
Jackson, Mississippi, 1968
Reported Cases:
Experience: Served as national coordinating counsel for target benzene defendant, supervising local counsel, developing trial strategy and leading trial team.; Secured dismissal of competitor's claim of theft of trade secrets, and subsequently obtained 147 million settlement for clients' counter-claim against that competitor.; Exposed conspiracy between two former mid-level managers during evidentiary hearing before Mississippi federal judge to take 90 employees to client's competitor and use client's confidential information from bi-annual bid to its largest customer. In evidentiary hearing in parallel lawsuit in Louisiana federal court, exposed same facts resulting in consolidation with first-filed Mississippi action. Thereafter, resolved on very favorable terms.; Successfully represented law firm client in its internal investigation of former partner's embezzlement and parallel actions under fidelity bond; Bar complaint; civil litigation; and criminal subpoena.; Compelled arbitration of lawsuit filed in federal district court by former president of 100 million subsidiary of a publicly traded company. After the close of discovery involving production of thousands of documents and multiple depositions, obtained summary judgment on all of plaintiff's remaining claims and thereafter defeated plaintiff's motion to vacate the arbitration award before the district court (2012 WL 718876) and his subsequent appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (514 Fed. Appx. 430; 2013 WL 632245).; Successfully contested, appealed and reduced OSHA citations for two willful, general duty clause violations stemming from pipeline explosion causing fatalities and serious bodily injuries to two other than serious citations.; Dismissed wrongful death claim for nuisance value for juvenile killed in collision on ATV with tractor trailer, after intervening in estate action, removing administrator who filed suit, and negotiating dismissal and release with successor administrator for cost of her expenses.; Successfully defended national wireless telephone company, its subsidiary, and former officers of subsidiary for claims related to the subsidiary's initial public offering in one trial, two arbitrations and an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court (Sullivan v. Mounger, 882 So. 2d 129).; Successfully tried lawsuit by former partner relating to dissolution of an accounting firm, including appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court (Koury v. Ready, 911 So. 2d 441).; Prosecuted successful claim by minority shareholders for value of stock in corporate transaction, and, on appeal, persuaded the Mississippi Supreme Court to affirm the trial court's verdict (Richton Bank & Trust Co., 798 So. 2d. 1268).; Defended international law firm for advice to company's board of directors relating to a corporate merger and achieved an advantageous settlement for client.; Favorably resolved litigation against the former directors and majority shareholders of international, closely held telecom company in adversary proceeding brought by bankruptcy Trustee.

Peer Reviews

4.8/5.0 (1 review)
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    Ridgeland, MS
    Renaissance at Colony Park , 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400 , P.O. Box 6010
    Ridgeland, MS 39157

    (601) 985-4431 Phone

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