Profile

Phil is a business attorney and co-chair of the firm's higher education practice.

He provides general counseling and representation to colleges and universities throughout the United States on a variety of legal issues.

Phil has represented institutions in connection with the negotiation, drafting and review of a wide range of contractual arrangements common to colleges and universities, including serving as transactional counsel in connection with mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and spin-offs involving colleges, universities, and other tax-exempt organizations.

Phil has particular experience in issues involving for-profit and not-for-profit corporate governance (including charter and bylaw drafting and revision, as well as issues arising in connection with Board proceedings), trustee fiduciary obligations, and corporate finance. He has also represented numerous institutions in connection with federal and state regulatory compliance investigations and reviews, including those pertaining to relationships with lenders, affinity card issuers, student health insurance issuers and other vendors.

  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America® 2020, Sports Law (listed for more than 5 years)
  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

  • "The Lawyer’s Role in Cost Cutting Measures and Revenue Generating Activity in a Time of Budget Restraint," National Association of College and University Attorneys, March 11, 2021
  • When Tradition and Climate Collide: Statues, Monuments and Building Names on College and University Campuses”, National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference, June 26, 2019
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege in the Committee Setting," National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference, June 24, 2014

  • Editorial Board, Journal of College and University Law
  • Advisory Board, Syracuse Area Salvation Army
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference Organizing Committee