Michael is sought after for his trusted advice, in-depth knowledge and strategic approach to real estate land use and development. With a wide range of experience as both a litigator handling complex commercial disputes and a transactional real estate attorney, he is able to counsel clients through all stages of the development process and navigate through any obstacles that may arise. He regularly appears before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment and Historical Commission, where he has handled matters for some of the city’s largest developers. In addition to representing all types of businesses in zoning and land use matters, he also has experience representing large condominium and homeowner associations throughout Philadelphia and representing professional athletes in fee disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael was a partner at a mid-sized regional law firm and served as chair of their zoning and land use group.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
Brandeis University, B.A.
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Homeless Advocacy Project, Volunteer
Named Pennsylvania “Lawyer on the Fast Track 2014” by The Legal Intelligencer
2013 Homeless Advocacy Project recognition for his outstanding service as coordinator for the Homeless Advocacy Project’s “Adopt-a-Shelter” Program
2012 Unsung Heroes Award – Pro Bono Work and Dedication to Helping Those in Need, The Legal Intelligencer
Named to the “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” list by Thomson Reuters for Real Estate 2011 – 2017, 2019-2020
ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Field of Intellectual Property Law, Villanova Law School
Quoted, “Philadelphia Architectural Panel Recommends Changes to Proposed Hotel at 7th and Chestnut,” Philadelphia Business Journal, January 24, 2023
Author, “Philadelphia Revised Assessments Due Out Today,” March 31, 2022
Press Release, “Michael Phillips Expands Zoning and Land Use Practice at Klehr Harrison,” May 17, 2021