About James Phillips
James Phillips has been practicing law for nearly two decades. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. In May 2001, James graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he also interned with the Nashville Metro District Attorney’s Office.
A Gulf War veteran, James is intimately familiar with military law and has personal experience from his time serving as an Army Judge Advocate (JAG) in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 101st Airborne Division. James also spent three years at the Fort Campbell Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. James proudly served as the Second Brigade Combat Team’s trial counsel and represented more than 1,000 clients during his time as a legal assistance attorney and Chief of Legal Assistance.
Toward the end of his military career, James served as a defense counsel at the Fort Campbell Office in the Trial Defense Services division. He also served as a former sergeant with the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery out of Fort Bragg.
In April 2003, James led the effort to establish the Mosul Office of Judicial Operation (MOJO) in Mosul, Iraq. James’ office consisted of two Iraqi attorneys, two military attorneys and two paralegals. Together, the team tracked detainee operations and initiated the rebuilding of the Iraqi Judicial System in Northern Iraq. James was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his efforts.