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Philip Kay

Phil is a trial lawyer. He has tried multiple jury and bench trials and has argued cases in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Illinois Appellate Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the state trial courts of Colorado, Georgia and Illinois.

Phil is licensed to practice before all state courts of Colorado and Georgia as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of Georgia. He focuses his practice on complex family law matters, and also has extensive experience in probate/estate litigation, real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate practice.

The National Trial Lawyers selected Phil as a “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer.” Membership into The National Trial Lawyers is by invitation only and extended to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria.

Phil is a member of the Trial Practice and Techniques Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law. Phil serves on the Professionalism Coordinating Council of the Colorado Bar Association which works to implement the Principles of Professionalism among members of the Bar and improve the professional conduct of lawyers and judges. Phil served on the PCC subcommittee that drafted the formal definition of professionalism applicable to all Colorado attorneys. Phil is a Master of the Bench in the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court.

Phil was a U.S. Army Scholarship recipient.  Upon graduation from VMI, Phil was named Distinguished Military Graduate “on the basis of high scholarship, evidence of high moral character, military aptitude, and demonstrated leadership ability.” Phil served as an Army officer for eight years. He received the National Defense Service Medal (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) for his active duty service during the Persian Gulf War.

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Education

  • Virginia Military Institute (with distinction), Distinguished Military Graduate, 1988
  • University of Georgia School of Law (cum laude), 1992

Lectures/Publications

  • Co-Presenter, “Mindfulness and Lawyering,” Rhone Brackett Inn of Court continuing legal education seminar, February 16, 2017
  • Co-editor, “Defining Professionalism and Why It Matters,” The Colorado Lawyer, November 2015, Vol. 44, No. 11
  • Lecturer, “Mediation Communications: Confidentiality and Evidentiary Considerations,” Rhone Brackett Inn of Court continuing legal education seminar, January 22, 2015
  • Lecturer, “Professionalism and Ethical Concerns for the Family Law Practitioner,” Colorado First Judicial District Bar Family Law and Criminal Law continuing legal education seminar, December 6, 2014
  • Author, “Allocation of Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Proceeds in a Divorce: Colorado’s Unusual Approach,” Trial Talk magazine, Sept-Oct 2013
  • Panel member and lecturer, “Tort Law Update 2011,” Colorado Bar Association continuing legal education seminar
  • Author, “Class Action Certification Under C.R.C.P. 23: Procedural and Evidentiary Considerations,” The Colorado Lawyer, June 2010, Vol. 39, No. 6
  • National co-editor of “Consumer Class Actions: A Fifty State Survey,” American Bar Association, 2009
  • Author, “Opening Statements and Closing Arguments: A Colorado Primer” for the Denver City Attorney’s Office, 2008

 

Military

  • First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve (XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina), May 1988 to May 1996; National Defense Service Medal (Desert Shield/Desert Storm); Honorable Discharge.

Professional Memberships

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Top 100 Trial Lawyer

 

aba

Trial Practice and Techniques Committee

Section of Family Law

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Professionalism Coordinating Council

Family Law Section