Stevie Phillips, a Chattanooga native, received her J.D., cum laude, from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. While at UT, she worked on cases involving violent crimes and serious drug offenses as a prosecutorial extern in the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office. She also successfully represented clients charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including DUI, in the UT Advocacy Center. Ms. Phillips also holds a B.A. in History and Spanish, summa cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans.
After graduating from law school, Stevie Phillips accepted a clerkship with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder. Afterwards, she clerked for the Honorable Bernice B. Donald in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. During that time, Judge Donald also sat with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by designation, and Ms. Phillips assisted with cases before the Sixth Circuit as well.
During her state clerkship, Ms. Phillips dealt with a range of criminal and civil issues, including novel constitutional and evidentiary questions, divorce, child custody, and personal injury. The large majority of her work in federal court centered on employment discrimination. As a result, she has a working knowledge of the laws that permit employees to recover if they are discriminated against based on age, sex, race, religion, or national origin.
In her short time with Davis & Hoss, Ms. Phillips has brought her experiences to bear on the firm’s representation of criminal clients—from those facing minor sentences to those facing the death penalty. She is also actively engaged in the firm’s civil practice.
Stevie Phillips contributes to the work of a number of public and private organizations dedicated to advancing social justice locally and abroad, including the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. In 2011, she traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to teach judicial opinion writing as a legal consultant with the International Law Institute.
Prior to joining Davis & Hoss, Ms. Phillips took a few months to travel through Central America. As a result, she has a working proficiency in Spanish—a skill that she looks forward to using in her representation of Hispanic clients.
Stevie Phillips is licensed to practice in Tennessee and California. She is barred in United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.