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Law School:
Emory University School of Law 1976

B.A. George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1971

Practice Areas:
Construction Law

Admitted to Practice: GA 1976; DC 1980

Assistant: Celeste S. Costello

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2013; Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Stephen M. Phillips practices construction industry law and litigation, including government contracts and environmental issues. He has gained national recognition concerning legal issues affecting the roofing industry and serves as counsel to the National Roofing Contractors Association and the National Roofing Legal Resource Center. He has served on the faculty of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Roofing Industry Educational Institute in the areas of asbestos, roofing and insurance.

Mr. Phillips has lectured on construction topics to a wide range of groups, including the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Institute of Architects, the Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges, the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers, the Single Ply Roofing Institute, the Clemson University Continuing Engineering Education Program, the University of Illinois Office of Extension, Conferences and Institutes, the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, the California Roofing Contractors Association and the North/East Roofing Contractors Association. 

He received his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1976, where he served as a member of the Emory Law Journal Editorial Board and received the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. He earned a B.A. degree from George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs in 1971. He was elected a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers in 1995. 


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar

  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and Section on Litigation

  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association

  • Georgia Super Lawyer 2004-2013; Best Lawyers in America

  • Counsel, National Roofing Contractors Association

  • Counsel, National Roofing Legal Resource Center

  • Member, American Arbitration Association Panel for Construction Disputes

  • American College of Construction Lawyers

  • Chairman and Member of Board of Regents, Roofing Industry Educational Institute


  • “Are You Covered?,” (Your CGL policy may or may not cover breach of contract claims), Professional Roofing, January 2009

  • “ConsensusDocs 750 is a different version of an earlier AGC subcontractor form,” Professional Roofing, Professional Roofing, April 2008

  • “AIA Issues New Standard Construction Contracts, Determining Damages,” Professional Roofing, December 2007

  • “State immigration laws increase employer liability,” Professional Roofing, August 2007

  • “It’s important to understand the effects of naming additional insureds,” Professional Roofing, April 2007

  • “H-2B Visas may be an option for Contractors in need of employees,” Professional Roofing, December 2006

  • “Electronic verification of employees is likely to be required as the immigration debate intensifies,” Professional Roofing, June 2006

  • “Dispute Resolution Depends On The Way Courts Interpret Contracts,” Professional Roofing, February 2006