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A. Nicole Phillips
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7283
F: 215-731-3781

Biography

A. Nicole Phillips is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations Practice Group. Her practice focuses on litigating white collar criminal cases and conducting government investigations for companies and government entities. Throughout her career, Nicole has tried over 100 bench and jury trials in federal and state court.

She has particular experience handling civil and criminal matters involving alleged fraudulent conduct, including alleged violations of the False Claims Act, Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, and other crimes. She represents individuals and corporate entities in all phases of criminal litigation, including internal investigations. Most recently, Nicole was the co-lead of the independent after-action review of the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Police Department’s response to the protests and civil unrest that occurred after the killing of George Floyd.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Nicole served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Nicole handled a wide array of criminal matters, including complex large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies, public corruption, tax offenses, bank fraud conspiracies, and Hobbs Act robbery. Nicole also prepared appellate briefs submitted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Among her many notable cases as an AUSA, Nicole successfully prosecuted a tax matter resulting in the defendants pleading guilty and paying restitution to the IRS in excess of $5,000,000.

Nicole was a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s hiring committee and participated in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Supervision to Aid Reentry (“STAR”) program, assisting individuals reenter society after serving federal sentences. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor for the Federal Criminal Practice clinical course at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Prior to serving as an AUSA, Nicole was an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted hundreds of cases for offenses ranging from robbery, rape/sexual assault, domestic violence drug trafficking and attempted murder. She also prepared letter briefs and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court during her time in the Appellate Division.

In addition to her career as a practicing attorney, Nicole served as the Senior Director for Career Planning at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

  • Member, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Participant, Supervision to Aid Re-Entry (“STAR”) Court
  • Board member, Philadelphia VIP
  • Former member, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission (2010-2011)
  • Former volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Former volunteer, Philadelphia READS
  • Associate Minister, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Business Journal‘s Women of Distinction 2020
  • Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award (2018)

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law Inn of Court

Academic Achievements

Nicole received her J.D. degree from Northeastern University. She earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, in Political Science from Spelman College.