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He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Utah State University in Logan, Utah in 1978 and taught mathematics in the public school system for a year at Brighton High School before returning again to school himself where he received his Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1982.
Phil has been in practice for over 30 years. He started with workers' compensation cases and has been hard at work ever since.
He began with Robert J. DeBry and Associates in 1982 before becoming a partner in the law firm of Day & Barney (now Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C.) in 1985.
He is a member of the Utah State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Phil has had multiple cases before the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, and has even had a successful appeal before the United States Supreme Court.
Most recently, he was successful at the Utah Supreme Court in overturning a law, which took money from disabled Utah seniors when they began to get Social Security retirement benefits. This resulted in a recovery for Utah families of over 15 million dollars. He's also had other successful cases that have beneficially shaped Utah law for injured workers.
Phil belongs to the Utah Association for Justice and is active in the Workers' Compensation section of the UAJ.
He currently concentrates his practice in the area of Workers' Compensation - with an active practice before the Utah Labor Commission - as well as in Social Security Disability appeals.
Along with his law partner J. Ed Christiansen, he can also help you with a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Let him counsel with you in determining what your best options are. There is no charge for the initial consultation. You'll appreciate his sense of humor along with his ability to put you at ease as you learn your options. Phil also has experience in family law, contract disputes, and even criminal defense.
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