Provided by Phillip S Sykes
Broad experience in commercial, environmental, toxic tort, and products litigation; Representative matters include defense of theft of trade secrets in aerospace and medical benefits industries; defense of national law firm for fraud and malpractice; led internal investigations; defense of publicly traded company and CEO from claims by president of $100 million subsidiary for termination for cause; and defense of majority shareholder in lawsuit by former executive regarding incentive compensation agreement. Served as NCC for target benzene defendant for eight years. Also defended multiple community environmental contamination claims. Representative trials and arbitrations include accounting malpractice; derivative action related to formation of holding company; and breach of fiduciary duty and fraud related to IPO. Also has served as a mediator and arbitrator in multiple, high stakes commercial litigation matters. Remains a licensed CPA. Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for "Bet the Company" Litigation, among other areas. Named a 2022 BTI Client Service All-Star.
KPMG 1990-92; Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP 1995 - 2014; Butler Snow 2014- present.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Mississippi Society of CPAs; International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Mississippi State University, B.P.A., magna cum laude, Professional Accountancy, 1990; University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995.
Phillip Sykes maintains a broad civil disputes practice, which includes unfair competition, professional liability and environmental litigation.
"Phillip Sykes is an excellent lawyer who is very detailed and also very creative, bringing innovative settlement expertise and preparing probably the best litigation budgets I've ever seen; it's very clear he has great future-thinking capabilities."