Philip and his wife are Raleigh natives. They have four college age kids and two dogs. Philip went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad and graduated from Campbell Law School in 1992. Philip became active in the Academy of Trial Lawyers (now NCAJ) when one of the original founders of the Academy, Charlie Blanchard, asked Philip to start a new firm with him in April, 1995. Since then Philip has served at many levels of leadership including founder and Chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Section, Board of Governors, and Executive Committee.