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Phillip H. Hutchinson

Phillip H. Hutchinson is a strategic business litigator who defends corporations in complex litigation claims in state and federal courts, including individual class actions and real estate litigation disputes. Phillip has represented clients in cases involving complex product liability disputes, automobile rollover claims, construction defects (including delay claims), insurance coverage defense, eminent domain actions, employment discrimination, non-competition agreements, and real estate disputes, including commercial leases. He has broad experience in complex case management, electronic discovery management, extensive pre-trial discovery, and work product protection.

Phillip also has an emerging government relations practice that involves advocating for his clients’ interest while guiding them through Palm Beach and other local government protocols for real estate and other commercial development activities. As part of his ongoing pro bono endeavors targeting economic development in underprivileged communities, Phillip helped secure site and land use approvals for the opening of a medical clinic in downtown Palm Beach.

A trained aerospace engineer, Phillip spent five years designing jet engines for military fighter aircraft prior to attending the University of Florida College of Law where he was a member of the Florida Law Review. Phillip has served as an instructor in the firm's Litigation Skills Academy and is an avid mentor to young lawyers.

Concentrations

  • Products liability
  • Insurance coverage defense
  • Class-action lawsuits
  • Eminent domain
  • Securities
  • Labor and employment matters, including discrimination and statutory claims
  • Jury trials and arbitrations
  • Insurance regulation
  • Consumer finance

Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Represented money services client in fraudulent transfer case in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.
  • Represented Enterprise Rent-A-Car in a class action win related airport fees.
  • Represented Lorillard Tobacco Company in defense of individual smoking in health cases in the State of Florida resulting from the Engle class action decertification by the Florida Supreme
  • Represented manufacturer in products liability wrongful death suit.
  • Represented automobile manufacturer in roll-over personal injury claim.
  • Represented Florida public transportation agencies in eminent domain litigation.
  • Represented Florida public transportation agency in construction defect claims with contractor.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of a section 16 (b) securities claim.
  • Represented insurer in defense of class action claims for denial of coverage.
  • Represented clients in the successful resolution of FLSA collective action claims.
  • Represented major home developer in defense of a mold infestation claims.
  • Represented major home developer in construction defect litigation.

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Listed,The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2015-2020
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year" Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2020
  • Recognized, Palm Beach Illustrated, "Top Lawyers," 2019
  • Recipient, "Guardian Award," First Annual Illumination Awards, Northwest Community Consortium, Inc., 2013
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
  • Nominee, "African-American Achievers" Award, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., 2012
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," 2011
  • Chair, 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee, 2011
  • Member, Class of Fellows, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2016 
  • General Counsel, Northwest Community Consortium, Inc. 2010-Present
  • Board Member and General Counsel, Sojourners with Healing Hearts, 2009-Present
  • Mentor, Take Stock in Children, 2009-2015
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, 2007-2012
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Ethics Committee, 2013
  • Member, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 9th Annual Brooks Brothers Event, Host Committee, 2013-2015
  • Co-Chair, Palm Beach County Bar Diversity Session for Law Students at Bench Bar Conference, 2011-2012
  • Chairman, Commercial CLE, Palm Beach County Bar, 2010
  • Member, Leadership West Palm Beach Class, 2003
  • Mentor, House of God International Ministries, 2012

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1997
    • Comment Advisor, Florida Law Review, Selections Committee
    • Florida Trial Team; Vice President, ABA Advocate, Competition Master
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 1990
Zulassung
  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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