Phillip E. Reeves

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Biography

Phillip E. Reeves is a partner in the firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He has focused his litigation and trial work over the years on insurance, products liability and transportation. Phil has tried approximately 200 cases and handled numerous appeals in state and federal courts.

With particular emphasis on first party claims, Phil has centered his insurance practice on representing insurers on various insurance coverage issues as well as extra-contractual and bad faith cases for more than 40 years. These issues involve several different policy types including:

  • Commercial General Liability
  • Personal Auto
  • Commercial Auto
  • Garage Keeper’s Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Homeowners
  • Commercial Property

Phil has also been active in the products liability practice for many years, where he is known for his creative approach to solving his clients’ problems. He has extensive experience in defending a wide variety of product liability claims such as mass tort and catastrophic loss claims. He often represents clients who are involved in the manufacture or distribution of a wide range of products including:

  • Chemicals
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Consumer Products
  • Building Materials and Products
  • Automotive Products

Additionally, Phil has a vigorous transportation and trucking law practice. He has represented clients in matters that included but are not limited to:

  • Catastrophic Injury Cases
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Mass Tort/Class Actions
  • Cargo Claims

Education

Furman University

B.A. (1977)

Emory University School of Law

J.D., Order of the Coif (1980)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Associations & Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Leadership Greenville, Class XIX
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Torts and Insurance Practices Council, Past Chairman
    • Board of Fee Disputes, Past Chairman
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (2003 – 2021)
    • Insurance Law
      • Lawyer of the Year (2018)
    • Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
      • Lawyer of the Year (2019)
    • Product Liability Litigation: Defendants
  • Greenville Business Magazine
    • Legal Elite: Insurance, Top Voted (2020)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2018) (2019)
    • Legal Elite: Personal Injury & Insurance Law (2013) (2015)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leadership in Law (2014)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008 – Present)
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders

Community Involvement

  • Commerce Club of Greenville
    • Board of Governors
    • Executive Committee (2014 – Present)
    • Past Chair (2016 – 2017)
  • Greenville Humane Society, Board of Directors, Past President
  • Speech, Hearing & Learning Center, Past President
  • Wade Hampton Sertoma Club of Greenville, Board of Directors, Past President

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