The son of a businessman who struggled during the Great Depression and World War II, Barnet Phillips IV decided to go into law because he knew it was a stable profession. Specializing in corporation tax, Mr. Phillips has amassed 40 years of experience in his field. He prepared for his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. In 1973, he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Fordham University and was subsequently admitted to practice in the state of New York. From 1973 to 1976, he served as an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City. He completed his education in 1977, receiving a Master of Laws from New York University. From there, Mr. Phillips’ career took him to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, where he began as an associate in 1977 and would eventually become partner. He remained with this firm until his retirement in 2010.
In addition to his primary positions in the field of law, Mr. Phillips also briefly served as an adjunct associate professor at Fordham University, as head of the Real Estate Investment Trust practice group, as an articles editor for The Tax Lawyer, and as the editor of Fordham Law Review. As a dedicated professional with many talents, Mr. Phillips also authored the detailed industry text titled, “Structuring Corporate Acquisitions – Tax Aspects.”
Civically, Mr. Phillips currently serves as the corporate trustee for Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University and is active with Shepherds, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT. In the past, he has served as chairman and board consultant for Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island and on the board of directors at Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) in New York City. In his spare time outside of work, Mr. Phillips enjoys skiing, opera, and participating in triathlons. Most recently in 2017, Mr. Phillips was admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut.
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