Kristine A. Phillips Named Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month
November 1, 2013
Kristine A. Phillips, an attorney at labor and employment law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, has been named the Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month for November 2013.
Philadelphia VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services, collaborating with other legal services organizations, and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty. Each month, the organization recognizes an attorney who has gone above and beyond to help clients resolve legal matters, free of charge. The organization chose to recognize Phillips based on her many years of service.
“Kristine Phillips is an exceptional volunteer attorney who donates her time and talent to keeping low-income families in their homes,” Philly VIP leaders said in the announcement. “Her tireless dedication to VIP’s mission of providing equal access to justice for all makes her a deserving recipient of this month’s volunteer award.”
Phillips began volunteering with Philly VIP in 2006 and has since dedicated more than 230 hours of pro bono legal counsel to the organization’s clients. In one notable case during the height of the country's foreclosure crisis, she helped a 42-year-old former union roofer who was unemployed and facing the foreclosure of his family’s longtime Philadelphia home. As described in a story in The New York Times, Phillips was able to negotiate an extension with the man’s lender, Bank of America, which allowed a housing counselor to help him secure lower mortgage payments and save his home.
“I am so honored to have been named the Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month,” Phillips said. “As an attorney, I have the ability to offer advice and counsel during some of the most difficult times of a person’s life. I am happy to have an opportunity to make a difference for members of the community in need.”
Phillips is a partner in the legal services department of Willig, Williams & Davidson. Both she and the firm have been honored in recent years for their commitment to offering legal counsel free of charge. The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania honored Phillips for her pro bono work in 2012 and again in 2013. The firm received Philadelphia VIP’s Silver Gavel Award in 2012, and, in 2013, the William J. Brennan award, both in recognition of an outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services.
At Willig, Williams & Davidson, Phillips focuses her practice on residential and commercial real estate, counseling clients in matters including sales, acquisitions and landlord-tenant disputes.
About Willig, Williams & Davidson – Willig, Williams & Davidson (www.wwdlaw.com) is one of the largest and most respected union-side labor law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Philadelphia, Media, Jenkintown and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Haddonfield, N.J. Founded in 1979, Willig, Williams & Davidson focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds and individual working people and their families on a variety of legal fronts, including national, regional and local contract negotiations; dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation; tax and benefit law compliance issues; discrimination and other employment matters; prepaid legal services for union members; and workers’ compensation matters in Philadelphia and beyond.
About Philadelphia VIP – Philly VIP (www.phillyvip.org), the hub of pro bono service in Philadelphia, was founded in 1981 by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Community Legal Services to meet the legal needs of low-income Philadelphians by recruiting and training attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Today, VIP’s diverse volunteers serve more than 2,500 clients annually with legal issues that affect basic human needs.