Philip W. Collier

Phil Collier is a Member of the Firm who began practice with Stites & Harbison in 1980, was named partner in 1986 and served as a member of the firm's Management Committee (2001-2004). He is the former Chair of the firm's Business Litigation Service Group.

He has more than 31 years of litigation and trial experience, including complex litigation involving manufacturers, communications, investments, financial institutions, insurers and energy/mineral companies. He has deep experience in business torts, contract disputes, fights arising out of the purchase and sale of companies and their assets, and corporate governance struggles between directors, officers and shareholders.

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Former Chair, Business Litigation Service Group (1994-2000 and January 2005-February 2021)

Management Committee (2001-04)

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Community Involvement

Highland Baptist Church, High School Bible study teacher

More Than Stites & Harbison

Phil is a jazz musician, and enjoys improvising a melody backed by a cooking rhythm section. He has pursued a passion for distance running for more than 40 years, enjoys digging in the dirt of a perennial garden, poetry and trekking in the mountains.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation and Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation (2006-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2019)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Banking & Finance (2016)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2011)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2020)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Litigation: General Commercial (2003-21)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2010, 2013-22)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer (2014, 2016)


Considered a "first-rate attorney" by his peers . . . offers significant depth of litigation and trial experience representing clients from a range of industries in complex business torts and contractual disputes.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020

. . . bright and hard-working . . . represents a fine choice of counsel for disputes relating to the manufacturing, financial services and energy sectors.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016

Extraordinarily thorough and bright . . . has the edge over others in sophisticated litigation . . . a bulldog in terms of preparation . . . honorable, skillful and feisty . . . reassuringly fair and good to work with or against . . . has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent commercial litigator by any measure.

- Chambers USA
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