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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Phillips Joins Montgomery McCracken’s White Collar and Government Investigations Practice

June 11, 2019


Philadelphia, PA – Montgomery McCracken announced today that A. Nicole Phillips, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (EDPA), has joined the firm in its Philadelphia office. Phillips will serve as partner in the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice group.

“We are excited to have Nicole join our team,” said Lathrop B. Nelson, co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice group. “Nicole is a skilled trial lawyer with an impressive background as a former federal prosecutor. Her experience will provide our firm and our clients with a valuable perspective.”

Phillips spent nearly a decade as an AUSA in the EDPA. As a member of the Narcotics Unit, she prosecuted individuals for federal drug trafficking offenses, public corruption, tax and bank fraud conspiracies, and Hobbs Act robbery. Among her accomplishments as an AUSA, Phillips successfully prosecuted a tax matter resulting in the defendants pleading guilty and paying restitution to the IRS in excess of $5,000,000. Phillips also served as member of the Office’s hiring committee and co-chair of its summer intern program.

“Nicole has distinguished herself in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia, and we feel that she will make an immediate impact at our firm,” said Paul H. Zoubek, co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice group. “Nicole is a great addition to our growing team.”

Prior to joining the EDPA, Phillips served as an Assistant District Attorney within the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she litigated preliminary hearings, felony and misdemeanor bench trials, jury trials and various motions before the Municipal and Common Pleas Courts of Philadelphia. In this role, Phillips also worked with members of the Philadelphia Police Department to investigate and prepare cases for trial, researched and prepared letter briefs to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in response to direct appeals and post-conviction relief appeals, and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She has also previously served as the Senior Director for Career Planning at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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