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  • Education
    • M. Tax, Arizona State University-W.P. Carey School of Business, 1999
    • J.D., magna cum laude, Arizona State University-Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1995, Order of the Coif; Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Editor
    • B.S., magna cum laude, Boston College, 1992
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
    • Supreme Court of Arizona
    • U.S. Tax Court

Vice Chair of the Corporate and Transactional Practice Group, Phil is a deal lawyer. Whether it is an M&A transaction with a short timeline or a must close financing, he works with his team to get the deal closed. He delivers to his clients what he expects from his team – thought leadership and creative solutions along with a sense of urgency and superior responsiveness.

Phil’s clients seek him out as a trusted adviser. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and brings a broad perspective to business transactions of all types. Phil draws on his tax and accounting background and 20+ years of experience to design, implement and close deals and to maximize the value he brings to mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.

Phil provides legal services in the following areas:

• Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures (buy-side and sell-side)
Securities Offerings and Capital Formation
Investment and Private Equity Fund Formation
Joint Ventures
Advising Corporate Boards 
Outside General Counsel
Cross-Border Transactions
Contract Negotiation
LP/Investor Representation 
Advising Boards of Directors
Start-Up and Emerging Growth Companies Representation
Succession Planning

Phil’s serves clients in a wide range of industries including:

Health Care
Financial Services
Consumer Products

Chambers USA, the world's leading guide to the legal profession, has included Phillip in its rankings for the past several years, most recently in 2018. In interviews with clients during research for the rankings, the following remarks were made regarding Phillip's work at the firm:

"He is a pleasure to work with. We have a wonderful relationship and he is always a phone call away with any of our needs." 

“He generally provides outside counsel to middle-market companies drawing upon his previous experience of working as a certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst, which gives him a unique perspective when approaching commercial matters.”

  • Represented sell-side in sale of restoration company to private equity group.
  • Represented buy-side in purchase of contract drug discovery and pre-clinical development subsidiary from a public company.
  • Represented buy-side in purchase of multinational subsidiary from public company.
  • Represented sell-side representation in sale of privately held food service equipment and supplies company to a private equity group.
  • Represented sell-side in sale of transportation company to a private equity group.
  • Represented sponsor in the formation of precious metals hedge fund.
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Crowdfunding Through Funding Portals: What You Need to Know
The Knowledge Group
March 19, 2014
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Maximizing Your Company's Value
Presented by Polsinelli
February 6, 2014
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The State of M&A - Valuations and Exit Strategies
Arizona CEO Summit
Panel Moderator Mike Patterson and Panel Member Phil Guttilla
January 30, 2014
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Polsinelli, BNY Mellon, BDO
October 10, 2013