It is with great excitement that I write to introduce the newest member of the Phillips ADR Enterprises (“PADRE”) team, the Honorable Robert C. Bonner. Judge Bonner will join PADRE’s team of independent panelists and will be available both as a mediator and arbitrator.
Judge Bonner is a former U.S. District Judge and former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. Rob has held a number of leadership roles within federal agencies as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Furthermore, Judge Bonner is a former partner of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he co-chaired the firm’s white collar practice group and was involved in numerous matters related to commercial and contract disputes, as well as antitrust, securities, construction, intellectual property, and environmental litigation matters. Continue Reading
It is with great excitement that I write to introduce the newest member of the Phillips ADR team, the Honorable Gary A. Feess (Retired). On January 5, 2015, Judge Feess retired after more than 15 years of service as a United States District Judge in the Central District of California. Judge Feess will join Phillips ADR’s team of independent panelists and will assist me in the continued growth of our ADR practice.
I first had the pleasure of meeting and working with Judge Feess during my tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, CA where he worked from 1979 to 1989 holding various positions of leadership, ultimately ascending to become acting United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Continue Reading
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Phillips ADR website, home of my new ADR practice Phillips ADR Enterprises (PADRE). Through this website you will be able to gather information about the practice, meet our team, view our space, and contact us with any questions you might have.
My goal with PADRE is to focus all of my time and resources, along with the resources of our highly qualified PADRE team, on the resolution of complex litigation matters. Our mission statement is simple: a relentless approach to resolution.
Those who have worked with me over the last two decades know that I believe in evaluative, merits-based and interest-based mediation. Continue Reading
California attorneys on all sides of NFL concussion deal
Mediation yields $765M settlement over brain injuries from on- field collisions
By Omar Shamout
Just days before the start of the 2013 football season, a court-appointed mediator announced Thursday that the NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries with more than 4,500 retired players.
Layn R. Phillips, a retired federal judge, led two months of mediation between the league and its players in an effort to avoid a lengthy and costly series of trials.
“Both sides recognized that it would be far more productive to get out of court and do something good for retired players with medical needs and focus on the future of the game and making it safer,” Phillips said in a statement. Continue Reading
This year, Judge Phillips had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the 2014 graduates of The University of Tulsa.