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Phillip J. Russell

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Biography

Phillip serves as the President of the firm and focuses his practice on energy, utility, and telecommunications matters.  He represents a broad spectrum of energy clients, including industrial and commercial energy users, municipal and cooperative utilities, and renewable energy project developers.  His representation of commercial and industrial energy customers includes negotiation of power and natural gas purchase and sale agreements, utility contract negotiations, energy project development, utility rate cases, utility litigation and general business litigation.  His representation of municipal and cooperative utilities includes project development, contract negotiation, power and gas purchase agreements, regulatory matters and commercial litigation.  He has appeared in administrative proceedings before public service commissions in Utah and Wyoming and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Phillip’s energy clients include the Utah Association of Energy Users, which includes American Pacific Corporation, Chevron U.S.A., ConocoPhillips Gas and Power, Hexcel Corporation, IHC Health Services, Inc., IM Flash Technologies, LLC, Northrup Grumman, and Simplot Phosphates; Magnum Energy, LLC; US Magnesium LLC; Utah State University; Payson City; Salem City; Spanish Fork City; Deseret Power; and various renewable energy developers.

Phillip represents telecommunications clients in a broad range of matters, including general litigation matters and with respect to applications filed with the Public Service Commission of Utah seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity, designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier, and competitive entry.  Phillip’s telecommunications clients include Frontier Communications; Space Exploration Corporation Technologies; Starlink Services; Commnet Wireless, LLC; Telrite Corporation, among others.

Phillip also handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including disputes related to contracts, trade secrets, patents, real estate development, corporate malfeasance, business torts, and real property disputes, among others.  

Practice Areas:

  • Telecommunications
  • Energy, Utility and Renewable Energy
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education

  • The S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Executive Editor, Utah Law Review
    • Honors: William H. Leary Scholar
  • University of Indianapolis
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Track & Field team (1996-2000)
    • Honors: Academic All-Conference (1997-2000)
    • Honors: Parker Jordan Male Scholar Athlete Award (1998)
    • Major: English

Bar Admissions

  • Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors

  • Named to Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine
  • Named a “Rising Star” by Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • “Super Lawyer” – Mountain States Super Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, 2007-present
  • President, Aldon J. Anderson American Inns of Court, 2018-2019

Representative Clients

  • Utah Association of Energy Users
  • Air Gas
  • American Pacific
  • Broad Reach Power
  • Chevron
  • Commnet Wireless
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Deseret Power
  • Energy Strategies
  • Frontier Communications
  • Hexcel
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Micron
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Park City
  • Provo City
  • Payson City
  • Salem City
  • Salt Lake City
  • Simplot
  • Spanish Fork City
  • Space Exploration Corporation Technologies (SpaceX)
  • St. George City
  • University of Utah
  • US Magnesium
  • Utah Municipal Power Agency
  • Utah State University