Phillip Chong practices in the area of complex litigation. He has a broad range of litigation experience, from initial case assessment to post-trial motions and appeals. Phillip has litigated state, federal, and international disputes on a wide array of matters, with a focus on lawyer liability, employment, and complex commercial matters.
Phillip routinely counsels law firms of all sizes, from boutiques to large international firms. He has defended law firms against claims of legal malpractice, fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting client misconduct.
He has also advised law firms with regard to their ethical obligations in the context of client misconduct, attorney misconduct, novel alternative fee arrangements, conflicts of interest, and disqualification motions.
In addition, Phillip represents employers and businesses. He has represented employers in employment contract disputes (covenants not to compete and solicit) and employment discrimination and retaliation claims. He has also represented businesses in breach of contract, tort, class actions, and shareholder derivative lawsuits.
Committed to serving the community, Phillip has an active pro bono practice and is a member of Duane Morris’ Pro Bono Committee. In 2015, the Tahirih Justice Center named Phillip its Maryland Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Moreover, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Phillip to serve on the Baltimore City Judicial Nominating Commission to select candidates for judicial vacancies on the trial courts for Baltimore City, Maryland.
In 2017, Phillip was selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Pathfinder Program, a dynamic leadership training and career development program for diverse, high-potential, early career attorneys from major law firms and corporations around the country.
- Defended a national law firm against claims of fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting client misconduct.
- Defended lawyers in a federal criminal investigation stemming from client’s misconduct.
- Defended a national law firm and its lawyers accused of malpractice arising out of an underlying real estate transaction.
- Drafted an opinion letter in defense of an international law firm accused of malpractice arising out of regulatory work for an insurer.
- Advised an international law firm as to their ethical obligations with regard to a proposed contingent fee arrangement with a current client.
- Defended an employer and employee against breach of non-compete, breach of non-solicitation, and tortious interference with contractual and prospective business relationship claims.
- Represented an employer seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against a former employee stemming from breach of non-compete and non-solicitation claims.
- Defended a security services company in litigation against a real estate developer’s breach of contract and negligence claims.
- Represented a major national bank is negotiating and drafting a complex forbearance and workout agreement.
- Represented a regional bank in fraudulent transfer and breach of personal guaranty litigation.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2012
- Virginia Tech, B.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, summa cum laude, 2008
- Virginia Tech, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2008
Professional Activities : The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland
Rate : $$$$