Thomas R. Phillips


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"brings a unique and valuable perspective to every case"

"has an absolutely exceptional legal mind and does incredibly well at narrowing the issues to the most important core issues"

Chambers USA, 2019

Thomas R. Phillips, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, joined the Austin office of Baker Botts in September 2005. His practice concentrates on issues and appeals, with a particular emphasis on matters that are in or headed to the Supreme Court of state courts of appeals. After serving as law clerk to Justice Ruel C. Walker of the Supreme Court of Texas, Mr. Phillips practiced law in the trial department of the Houston office of Baker Botts before his appointment as judge of the 280th District Court in Harris County, Texas. From 1988 to 2004, he was Chief Justice, winning four statewide elections after his initial appointment in that office.

Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1981 to present

Neutral Panel Membership

  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Texas Arbitration Panel, 2005 to present
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