Sasha Phillips

Associate

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Areas of practice

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.F.A. Shepherd University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Sasha Phillips is an associate in Meyer, Unkovic & Scott’s Litigation Practice Group. Sasha’s international background and unyielding commitment to excellence allow her to serve her clients in a wide range of domestic and foreign matters. Much of her practice focuses on foreign commercial litigation including global jurisprudence, international business transactions, government investigations, and alternative dispute resolutions.

Sasha regularly works with clients in the manufacturing, robotics, health care, construction, energy, art, and financial services industries. She assists them in a wide range of cases including DOJ investigations, securities litigation, tax, consumer protection, shareholder actions, class actions, data security, contract and sale of goods, fraud, FCPA, IP, cross-border disputes, and general commercial litigation.

Her experience in complex commercial litigation frequently involves international business transactions and global jurisprudence. Sasha has also handled a wide range of cases in state and federal courts that involve securities litigation, tax, shareholder actions, commercial breach of contract, fraud, RICO, personal injury, First Amendment, and general commercial litigation. She has advised both foreign and domestic clients on the nuances of the European legal system and its implications on U.S. litigation and, specifically, the discovery process, as she maintains her proficiency in the state court discovery practice.

She has acted as lead counsel in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, she has handled matters in alternative dispute resolution forums and before foreign tribunals.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Designed and implemented Art for Wellness program for Reed Smith and the local Bar, which gathered national interest and was reviewed in numerous print and online publications, including Washington Lawyer, www.law.com, and Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
  • Prepared and launched comprehensive interactive Force Majeure litigation knowledge management database for internal use with the external client-faced component.
  • Teach workshops and lead motivational seminars for women in the profession, lead Arts for Wellness programs for various organizations, including U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • United States v. Concord Management and Consulting LLC, Criminal No. 2018-0032 (D.D.C. 2019): defended a Russian company charged under Mueller indictment with conspiring to defraud the United States by interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections through funding a Russian internet “troll” farm. Managed litigation team and translation team.
  • Bayer Corporation v. United States, Civil Action No. 2:09-351 (W.D. Pa. 2009): represented Bayer Corporation in its suit against the Internal Revenue Service over $175 million in research and development tax credits the agency had denied.
  • Seitz v. Allegheny County, 2:16-cv-01879 (W.D. Pa. 2016): represented plaintiffs in their civil rights suit against Allegheny County challenging the Allegheny County Jail’s policy on treating pregnant inmates. Drafted comprehensive pregnant inmate housing, treatment, and supervision policy.
  • FHLB Pittsburgh v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. at al, GD-09-016892 (Pa. Comm. Pleas 2009): served as local counsel for a defendant in mortgage backed securities litigation.
  • Handle pro bono matters as first chair including civil rights litigation, immigration, PFA, IP, business formation, contract negotiations, and social awareness projects.
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2010
  • B.F.A. Shepherd University, 1997 – magna cum laude