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. Ms. Phillips holds a B.A. in History and Spanish, summa cum laude, Valedictorian, from Loyola University New Orleans.
After law school, Ms. Phillips accepted clerkships with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder and later with Judge Bernice B. Donald in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ms. Phillips also assisted with cases before the Sixth Circuit when Judge Donald sat with that Court by designation.
During her state clerkship, Ms. Phillips handled cases involving constitutional and evidentiary questions, divorce, child custody, and personal injury. In federal court, she developed 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.
Ms. Phillips currently represents individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court. In federal court, she has handled bank robberies, large-scale drug conspiracies, firearm offenses, gambling, fraud, and money laundering. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel and accepts trial and appellate court appointments.
Ms. Phillips also represents members of law enforcement in disciplinary matters within the police departments, before administrative bodies, and in state and federal court. Her representation includes defending officers accused of improper arrest and excessive use of force as well as bringing employment lawsuits on behalf of officers who have been fired unlawfully.
Ms. Phillips has contributed to public and private organizations dedicated to advancing social justice locally and abroad, including the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Amicus Committee and the American Bar Association Section on 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.
Ms. Phillips is a member of the following organizations:
- The AIM Center, Board Member
- The Mayor's Women's Council for Justice
- The Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court, Barrister
- The Southeastern Tennessee Legal Association for Women
- The Tennessee Bar Association
- The Chattanooga Bar Association
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.