Jessica M. Phillips is a member of the firm’s Coverage and Commercial Litigation team. Since 2010, Ms. Phillips has assisted her clients in evaluating a variety of coverage issues which range from policy exclusions and sources of loss to arson, application fraud and claim fraud. She is well-versed on Georgia law regarding contractual defenses, mortgagee rights, suit limitation defenses, non-cooperation defenses, and first party bad faith claims.
Ms. Phillips evaluates coverage issues under a variety of policies including traditional home owners policies, inland marine policies, builders risk policies, renters policies, and valuable articles policies. She has taken numerous examinations under oath and depositions and she defends her clients in litigation relating to a variety of policy provisions, including appraisal provisions and “suit against us” provisions. In conjunction with her defense of these matters, Ms. Phillips has prepared and successfully defended dispositive motions, including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She also assists her clients in evaluating the value of losses including replacement cost value, actual cash value, and additional living expenses. Ms. Phillips also defends numerous third party claims including auto-accidents, dog bite claims, and first amendment claims.
Ms. Phillips graduated cum laude from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law (J.D., 2010). While in law school, Ms. Phillips was an active member of the Mercer Law Review where she was published on two separate occasions. She was also an active member of the Mercer Advocacy Board and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. Ms. Phillips graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2004 with a degree in psychology and a minor in biology.
State Bar of Georgia
Ms. Phillips is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Mike, and their two rescue dogs, Yoshi and Ollie.