Phil Gibbons is known for utilizing creative and aggressive litigation strategies to represent his clients successfully. Phil focuses his practice entirely on employment law and disability law. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 1996 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Indiana. Phil began his legal career with a large national law firm, representing and counseling corporations and employers. Since 2001, Phil has exclusively represented employees, ranging from C-Suite Executives to minimum wage service employees.
After a difficult battle with cancer, Phil knows what it is like to be a fighter and a survivor. In March 2010, Phil was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer. Phil battled through multiple biopsies, surgery, and six months of chemotherapy. Today, the cancer is in remission, and Phil is happy and grateful to be a cancer survivor. Phil also supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which raises money to provide patient support services, research, and advocacy for leukemia and lymphoma patients. After his experience with cancer, Phil began to represent individuals who were denied long term disability insurance benefits. Today, Phil regularly battles insurance companies that deny long term disability benefits under private and ERISA policies.
Recognition and Accomplishments
Phil is recognized by his peers as a highly skilled employment lawyer. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo.com and an “A/V” rating with Martindale Hubble, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. As a result, numerous defense attorneys refer their family and friends to Phil when employment issues arise.
With extensive experience litigating single- and multi-plaintiff wage and hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Phil works hard to recover unpaid overtime and minimum wages for thousands of employees throughout the United States. A large portion of Phil's practice also focuses on assisting employees with issues relating to restrictive covenant issues, including non-competition agreements. Phil also represents employees who have been subject to workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and FMLA violations.
Family and Free Time
Phil splits his time between Charlotte, North Carolina and Oak Island, North Carolina, with his wife and 2 crazy Portuguese Water Dogs named Emmy and Rain (see photo below). Phil's three grown children have now graduated from college and are busy pursuing their chosen careers and graduate degrees. Phil is extremely proud of his children, and family plays a huge part in his life. In his spare time, Phil enjoys running, fishing, and four-wheeling in his Jeep.