Anthony J. Phillips


Anthony J. “Tony” Phillips’ practice as an investigations and compliance Of Counsel at SKV is driven by a deep commitment to serving others.  Whether guiding the compliance and ethics program at the world’s leading cancer hospital, prosecuting corrupt police officers as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, or defending a company responding to whistleblower allegations of FCPA violations in India and Bangladesh, Tony has produced outstanding outcomes through strong trial and investigative skills and a guiding focus on integrity and hard work. 

Tony was a student at Harvard Law School during the 9/11 attacks and decided then to redirect his legal skills in service to the nation. He earned an Air Force ROTC commission at MIT during his final year of law school and went on to a distinguished career as an Air Force JAG Officer. During his deployment as part of the Law and Order Task Force in Baghdad, Iraq, Tony earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third-highest honor bestowed on military members by the Department of Defense. Tony’s experience as a “civilian attorney” has been similarly stellar and impactful. He has a substantial track record in the investigation, remediation, and management of compliance issues faced by mid-size and large businesses. Tony also has successfully represented companies, individuals, and the government in high stakes legal matters. His clients value the discretion, trial prowess, and business-focused risk management insight Tony brings to sensitive legal situations. 

Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Co-Managing Editor of the BlackLetter Law Journal.

FBI Commendation, awarded by FBI Director Robert Mueller, 2013

Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Operation Iraqi Freedom), U.S. Department of Justice, 2008

Robert L. Lowry Award of Excellence, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, 2005

Bar Admissions:
New York
District of Columbia
Puerto Rico

Court Admissions:
Circuit Courts of Montgomery County, Maryland
United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Houston Bar Association
Texas Association of Sports Officials, Houston High School Football Official
Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout & Sam Houston Area Council Volunteer

Co-author, “Knowing The Unknown: Avoiding The Threat Of FCPA Successor Liability,” Westlaw Journal, White-Collar Crime, September 4, 2015.

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2004
BlackLetter Law Journal, Co-Managing Editor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Detachment 365
Distinguished Graduate (Field Training Unit III, Ellsworth AFB)

Michigan State University, B.A., 1998
Social Relations & Policy with High Honors & Phi Beta Kappa, 1998

MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2015 - 2017
Senior Legal Officer & Director

Vinson & Elkins, 2014- 2015
Senior Associate

U.S Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, 2011-2014
Trial Attorney

Covington & Burling LLP, 2008-2011

United States Air Force, 2005-2008
Assistant Staff Judge Advocate General's Corps