Mr. Torrence R. Phillips is a Partner at the Firm and a member of the Litigation Department. Mr. Phillips joined the Firm in 2010. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Phillips represented clients in State and Federal matters involving real property and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcy, administrative, personal injury, family and business litigation, and appellate matters.
Mr. Phillips has represented clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in wrongful termination, retaliation, religious discrimination and long term disability matters under the Florida Civil Rights Act, Title VII, and wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a former in-house counsel in the healthcare industry, Mr. Phillips understands not only the legal but the business side of employment disputes. As an in-house counsel, Mr. Phillips drafted employment manual policies, reviewed hire packages and termination decisions, and reviewed and drafted non-compete and independent contractor agreements.
During law school Mr. Phillips was elected to the offices of Senator, Vice President and President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Phillips was a member of the University of Miami Tax Law Chronicle, the Law School Activity Fee Allocation Committee and the Society of Bar and Gavel. Mr. Philips was the recipient of the Society of Bar and Gavel’s Golden Star Award, the American Board of Trial Attorney’s Litigation Award and a Moot Court Competition Finalist. Mr. Phillips also received a Dean’s Honor Scholarship and Mofsky Scholarship. In addition, Mr. Phillips was a judicial intern with Florida Court Eleventh Circuit, Judge Linda Singer-Stein and with United States District Court, Southern District, Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson.