Phillis is the first attorney in a family of educators and a former college instructor herself. A native of Tennessee, she graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. She then obtained her M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and went on to earn her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Phillis has been a member of “every legal association imaginable” at one time or another. Prior to joining Spiggle Law Firm, Phillis worked in litigation departments at law firms in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maryland. She has practiced in several areas of law, including commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability, insurance defense, and personal injury. Devoting her practice to employment law gives Phillis a chance to combine her legal, academic, and activist interests.