Lee Phillips was born on an Air Force base in Fairbanks, Alaska, and raised in rural Northwest Ohio.
After working as a union organizer for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union in Ohio and California, he attended law school at The Ohio State University.
Lee Phillips first came to Arizona during and after graduating law school to work with the Navajo Indian tribe, representing several thousand Navajo Indians in a century old land dispute between the Navajo and Hopi tribes and the United States government.
During this period of time, he formed a nonprofit law office to provide free legal representation to Native Americans. His work was funded by grants from several private foundations including two MacArthur Foundation grants, and a fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation.
Before Lee Phillips started his own criminal defense practice, he served as a deputy public defender with the Coconino County Public Defender’s Office.
The Law Office of Lee Phillips handles cases in Flagstaff (Coconino County), Holbrook (Navajo County), Prescott (Yavapai County), and Kingman (Mohave County) in both State and Federal courts.