Penny's Work Experience

President at Law Office of Penny Phillips, P.C.

We established the Law Office of Penny Phillips, P.C. as a full-service law firm, providing the entire spectrum of legal support to individuals and small businesses.  For individuals, the firm offers help in family law matters, wills and estate planning.  The firm offers legal services to physician practice groups, engineering companies, and technology companies.  Individuals or companies who are planning meetings can receive excellent legal advice specific to the hospitality industry.

Association of Corporate Counsel-Dallas Fort Worth Chapter Vice President and Board Member

The Association of Corporate Counselis the largest group of attorneys who work in-house (employed by their client.)  I was honored to serve as First Vice President of the chapter, as a director on the Board, and as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee.  My involvement with the Association included service as Faculty at the 2008 ACC Annual Meeting on the topic, “Electronic Content Management Systems -- Unravel the Mysteries Before You Speak to the Vendors”

Corporate Counsel at Pinnacle Partners In Medicine

As one of Pinnacle’s two in-house lawyers, I played integral role in multiple acquisitions, and served as sole legal advisor in negotiation of a $15 million credit agreement, cross-collateralized by eight entities, with complex escrow provisions added after initial negotiations were completed.  

I was the primary legal advisor on all employment law issues for over 1000 Pinnacle employees and was responsible for negotiation of provider employment agreements.  After learning the organization’s practices, I updated standard agreement template for all physician and CRNA employment agreements.  

My role included advising leadership on matters specific to healthcare law, like Stark and Anti-Kickback laws, focusing on how to be compliant and still achieve the business goal.   

While there, I negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts concerning all aspects of company operations, including facility agreements, managed care/payer contracts, complex financing agreements, software service agreements, real estate leases, equipment leases, billing and collections agreements.

Technology Counsel & Regional Counsel at PBS&J 

In my role as Technology Counsel for PBS&J, I developed the company's electronic records management system, ensuring compliance with electronic discovery, and addressing all technology law matters; I also served as legal advisor to the company's Oracle implementation team.  

Working with such an excellent engineering firm afforded me the opportunity to learn project management and I served as the project manager for various software implementations relevant to the legal department.  My experience with project management increased my practical knowledge of the business drivers that affect the bottom line, allowing me to give targeted strategic advice to business leaders. 

As Central Regional Counsel, I also negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts concerning all aspects of company operations, developed and enforced a cohesive corporate Intellectual Property strategy, and routinely trained managerial personnel on principles of contracting, fiscal, employment, technology, and intellectual property law.  

I provided assistance on employment issues, internal investigations, and legal/risk management questions from leadership

General Counsel at Star's Edge International 

When I left active duty in the Air Force, I became the first attorney for Star's Edge International, a seminar corporation based in Orlando, Florida and operating internationally.  In my role as the company’s first General Counsel, I drafted, negotiated and administered large contracts with thousands of attendees at global hospitality interests on four continents.  I protected the company’s intellectual property interests in administrative and judicial forums as well as on the internet. 

JAG Officer in the United States Air Force 

After being commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in December, 1994, I entered active duty in the United States Air Force in January of 1995.  My first base of assignment was McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California and this was followed by a tour of duty at Goodfellow Air Force Base, in San Angelo, Texas.  

As a JAG, I assisted active duty military members, retirees, reservists, and eligible dependent family members with their personal legal issues, including estate planning, probate, consumer protection, taxation, family law, and bankruptcy.  It is important to consider how military law can these areas.  (Military discounts are available.)

An interesting part of my Air Force experience was directing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs at McClellan and at Goodfellow.  The program provided military members with free help on their individual tax returns.  We were filing electronic tax returns in the late 1990s.

As a JAG officer, I also advised leadership on issues of contract and federal procurement law, constitutional law, environmental law, federal labor relations, the Freedom of Information Act, administrative law, fiscal law, copyright law, and criminal law.  I adjudicated tort claims, including property damage, personal injury and medical malpractice, assessing applicability of the Federal Tort Claims Act.  I served as legal advisor to Mather Hospital, including acting as the hospital's representative at Provider Privileging hearings.

Assistant District Attorney at Hale County, Plainview, Texas

After law school, until joining the U.S. Air Force, I served as Assistant District Attorney for the 64th and 242nd Judicial Districts in Plainview, Texas.  I gained a great deal of litigation experience and handled cases from investigation and charging through appeal, including felony and misdemeanor offenses, mental commitments, children's protective service actions, and juvenile cases.  The cases ran the gamut from sitting third chair in four capital murder trials down to jury trials on speeding tickets.

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