Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys
Cornell Law School
Why he matters: The former tax expert is the rare lawyer who gets involved in both deals and disputes. Client Barbra Streisand recently renegotiated a pact to keep her at one label (Columbia Records) for her entire 50-year career. Phillips also untangled years of Beach Boys bad blood that allowed them to tour.
Key case: Phillips' thorniest cases usually involve someone claiming an interest in his clients' songs. "Right now, Burt Bacharach has a lawsuit in Italy by someone claiming they wrote the Italian lyrics to one of his songs; Paul Anka is being sued in Boston by a man who's claiming an interest in the Michael Jackson song 'This Is It' that Paul co-wrote," he says. "Unfortunately, celebrities become targets for these crazy lawsuits."Click here to read THR's complete Power Lawyers list.