Stephen S. Phillips is Special Counsel to Medtronic, Inc., a leading manufacturer of medical devices with more than $30 billion in revenue and 86,000 employees operating in more than 350 locations around the world. As an experienced trial attorney, he is responsible for managing a broad range of claims and litigation and enjoys a long record of creating and implementing innovative legal strategies to minimize enterprise risk while promoting sustainable corporate growth. Before its acquisition by Medtronic, Inc., Mr. Phillips was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sofamor Danek Group, Inc., a publicly-traded medical device company making spinal implants and cranial navigation systems. As General Counsel, Mr. Phillips was responsible for managing the defense of the company in nation-wide mass tort product liability litigation which culminated in a unanimous victory in the U.S. Supreme Court (Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee, 531 U.S. 341 (2001)).
Before joining Sofmor Danek Group, Inc., he was a senior partner at Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton, LLP, a nationally respected law firm, where he served on the firm’s Executive Committee and chaired its Practice Management Committee. While a member of the firm, Mr. Phillips managed complex litigation with a concentration on multi-party claims arising out of or accompanied by extensive media attention, particularly investigative television news programs (e.g., ABC News “20-20,” “60 Minutes” and “Day One”).
Mr. Phillips has served as a member of the board of directors of eResearch Technologies, Inc., a publicly-traded clinical data management company, and on the US advisory boards of Schindler Elevator Company and Franke Holding USA, Inc. He is a respected advisor on complex commercial, IP and risk management issues and is recognized for providing sound strategic legal advice. He has also served as a trustee of the GESU School and member of the Hamilton College Parents Leadership Council. Mr. Phillips obtained his B.A. from Wesleyan University and J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University.