University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Michigan Journal of International Law, Associate Editor
Dartmouth College, B.A.
  • Academic Honors 1989-1990, 1990-1991

Prior Employment

  • Clifford Chance U.S. LLP, New York, Associate, 1995-2004

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, 1996-present

New York State Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, 2004-present

  • International Law Section
    • Chair, 2016-present
    • Chair-Elect, 2015-2016
    • Secretary, 2014-2015
    • Treasurer, 2013-2014
    • Council, 2012-2013
  • International Trade Committee
    • Vice Chair, 2011-2013
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Lara Phillip is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and leader of the Class Actions Practice Group. She has more than 20 years experience representing clients in class actions, criminal, and civil enforcement proceedings, as well as other complex civil litigation matters. Lara has appeared before numerous state and federal courts and regulatory agencies across the country.

  • Litigates class actions and other complex civil matters before state and federal courts in the areas of antitrust, securities, fraud, unfair competition, business torts, breach of contract, corporate governance, and media law
  • Represents corporate clients and executives in enforcement proceedings before government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Commerce Department, and Department of State
  • Leads internal investigations, both domestic and international, into potential violations of laws and regulations, including, among others, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), OFAC Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), securities laws, antitrust laws, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and cybersecurity breaches
  • Assists public and private and domestic and global manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and financial services companies with development and implementation of compliance policies and programs in a wide range of regulatory areas, including:
    • FCPA and anti-bribery
    • Anti-money laundering
    • Anti-boycott
    • Export compliance


Class Actions
  • Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of brokerage firm in federal securities class action

  • Defended credit card company in class action brought by national and small retailers alleging antitrust claims

  • Obtained dismissal of complaint against healthcare company and officers and directors in federal securities class action

  • Representing opt-out plaintiff in pending healthcare antitrust action

  • Obtained dismissal of complaint in antirust action alleging price fixing in bulk graphite industry

  • Defended mortgage company and individual officers and directors in state class action alleging claims under blue sky laws

  • Defended underwriter in shareholder class action alleging securities fraud

  • Represented investment firm in federal class action alleging claims for securities fraud, RICO, and common law fraud

  • Represented hospital group in successful challenge to competitor’s acquisition of physician group

  • Represented employees of Japanese auto suppliers in criminal antitrust actions filed by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

  • Defended media company against claims of unfair competition, tying, and exclusive dealing
  • Represented MasterCard in VisaCheck/Master Money Antitrust Litigation, one of the largest antitrust cases in history, from the initiation of discovery in 1997 to its settlement in 2003
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint in class action alleging conspiracy to fix prices in the bulk graphite market in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act
  • Counseled third-party airplane manufacturer in connection with first merger between two American companies challenged by the European Union
Export Compliance
  • Advised manufacturing and technology companies from various industries on wide range of export compliance issues
  • Assisted clients with creation and implementation of FCPA and export compliance programs
  • Assisted clients with preparation of applications for export licenses and commodity jurisdiction requests
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients into potential violations of the FCPA, ITAR, OFAC Regulations, and various other export laws and regulations
  • Prepared voluntary disclosure reports to the Department of State and other government agencies
  • Represented clients in connection with Exon-Florio reviews of foreign acquisitions of U.S. corporations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
Securities and Corporate Litigation
  • Obtained dismissal of federal securities class action alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act against healthcare company and several of its individual officers and directors (In Re UAHC Securities Litigation, 527 F.3d 564 (6th Cir. 2008))
  • Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of brokerage firm in securities class action alleging claims under Tennessee blue sky laws (Cannon v. GunnAllen Financial, Inc., No. 3:06-0804, 2008 WL 4279858 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 15, 2008))
  • Represented corporate defendants and individual officers and directors in state class action alleging claims under Michigan blue sky laws and Michigan common law relating to offer of securities by mortgage company on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Advised investment management firm in largest securities action ever filed against the company challenging suitability of firm's investments for pension fund
  • Defended underwriter in shareholder class action relating to alleged misrepresentations contained in the offering documents for the initial public offering of communications company
  • Represented investment firm in federal class action and parallel state court action in complex case involving claims for securities fraud, RICO, common law fraud, and other torts arising out of the insolvency and receivership of GSLIC
  • Advised brokerage firm in conjunction with insider trading investigation by SEC
  • Counseled brokerage firm in relation to investigation by New York Stock Exchange of alleged violation of Exchange rules
Media Litigation
  • Defended various media companies in lawsuits alleging libel, invasion of privacy, eavesdropping, and related claims, including:
    • DaSilva v. Time Inc., 93 Civ. 8602 (JES); represented defendant Time Inc. in libel case arising out of photograph in TIME identifying plaintiff as a prostitute
    • Gowins v. New World Communications of Detroit, Inc., 03-337442-CZ; obtained summary judgment for defendants in case alleging violation of Michigan Eavesdropping Statute and common law invasion of privacy claims relating to Problem Solvers story aired by WJBK Fox 2 Detroit
    • Johnson v. New World Communications of Detroit, Inc., 04-414832-CZ
    • Detroit Free Press v. City of Detroit, 480 Mich. 1079 (2008); represented the Detroit Free Press in its efforts to obtain public records reflecting possible perjury and obstruction of justice by the Mayor of the City of Detroit
    • Detroit Free Press v. Dept. of Attorney General, 271 Mich. App. 275 (2006); Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case claiming constructive denial of request by imposition of excessive charges
  • Represented playwright Marc Wolf in all legal matters relating to his play Another American: Asking and Telling (winner of 2000 Obie Award for Best New Play)



  • Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Development Committee, Chair, 2014-2015
  • HAVEN Inaugural Gala, Co-chair, 2015
  • HAVEN Promenade of Hope, Co-chair, 2014

Crittenton Hospital Cornerstone Campaign Committee (2011-2013)

Pro Bono

  • National Association of Counsel for Children, Pro Bono Amicus Counsel
  • Advised various artists and authors on a pro bono basis through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

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