Thomas J. Phillips  
86th District Court
Title: Judge
Judge Thomas J. Phillips


Judge Thomas J. Phillips was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2006 to serve Antrim, Leelanau and Grand Traverse. Prior to election, Judge Phillips was the managing partner for Running, Wise, Ford and Phillips. He joined the firm in 1975 and became a partner in 1977.

Judge Phillips grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from the University of Detroit High School. After graduating cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Business Administration, he went on to complete his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School.

After law school, Judge Phillips served in the Naval Judge Advocates General Corps as a lieutenant during the Vietnam War. While a Navy Jag, he was awarded the Freedom Award from the NAACP for his work with black sailors. His current term expires January, 2019.
 

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