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Richard Phillips

Contact: (662) 563-4613
(662) 429-5041
Law School: University of Mississippi
Jurisdictions: Mississippi
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


About Richard Phillips
Flip Phillips is a founding partner of Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott & Nowak, LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as President of the Law School Student Body and Member of the Mississippi Law Journal. For over 40 years, Flip has represented plaintiffs and insurance policyholders nationwide. Flip’s landmark cases have helped abolish sovereign immunity and define the rules of automobile insurance in Mississippi. They have expanded the role of punitive and extra-contractual damages in insurance regulation and contract enforcement throughout the United States. Flip has served as Lead Class Counsel, Co-Lead Counsel and member of the Plaintiffs= Steering Committees in nationwide class actions and Multi-District Litigation throughout the nation involving life insurance deceptive sales practices, interest crediting practices, supplemental health insurance, cancer insurance, institutional investment and financial products, and personal injury/defective products cases. His multi-million dollar jury verdicts in individual cases have been recognized in the National Law Journal=s ATop 100" verdicts; the WALL STREET JOURNAL, LawyersUSA, and the Canadian Press. He is a prolific author and frequent lecturer, presenting papers from coast to coast for ALI-ABA, ACI, American Inns of Court, multiple Bar Associations, and professional organizations as diverse as the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Born in 1947, Flip is a native of North Mississippi. Flip and his wife Vera, also a University of Mississippi graduate. They are the parents of three children and five grandchildren.
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Products Liability
  • Contingent Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
5th Circuit 
U.S. Supreme Court 
University of MississippiJ.D.
University of MississippiB.A.
Professional Associations
Member, Mississippi State Bar
Board of Regents, Policyholder Representative, American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel
Member, American Bar Association
Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
Member, Panola County Bar Association
Elder/Deacon/Trustee, Batesville Presbyterian Church
Board of Directors, University of Mississippi Law School Alumni Association
Member, University of Mississippi Lamar Order
President, William C. Keady Chapter of the American Inns of Court
President, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
President, Panola County Industrial Development Foundation


Website: Smith Phillips Mitchell Scott & Nowak, LLP


Main Office
695 Shamrock Dr.
P.O. Drawer 1586
Batesville, MS 38606
Telephone: (662) 563-4613
Fax: (662) 563-1546
Hernando Office
2545 Caffey St.
P.O. Box 346
Hernando, MS 38632
Telephone: (662) 429-5041