Michael D. Phillips

100 N Cherry St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Michael D. Phillips

Mike Phillips is a litigator, concentrating his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, long-term care provider defense, employment claims, and land use matters.

Prior to joining Bell, Davis & Pitt, Mike served as a law clerk for the Honorable George L. Wainwright, Jr. at the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Mike has handled a broad range of cases at the trial and appellate levels in North Carolina state and federal courts.  Mike has a diverse litigation practice, including business disputes, commercial matters, defense of long-term care providers, employment claims, and land use matters. Drawing upon his litigation experience, Mike frequently advises long-term care providers in various aspects of risk management, provides staff and management training, and speaks at seminars on long-term care liability issues.

Mike is a member of the Local Advisory Council for the Winston-Salem Office of the Legal Aid of North Carolina. He also serves as a board member of the Northwest Forsyth American Little League.


University of Redlands, Redlands, California (B.A., 1990)

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (M.A., 1999)

Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 2003):  Wake Forest Law Review; National Trial Team

Bar & Court Admittance

North Carolina State Bar (2003)

United States District Courts for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

North Carolina Business Court

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys 

Defense Research Institute

North Carolina Bar Association

Forsyth County Bar Association

Legal Aid of North Carolina Winston-Salem Office, Local Advisory Council

Board of directors, Friends of Queen Anne’s Revenge

Board of directors, Northwest Forsyth County American Little League


North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2012-2013)

Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite in Litigation (2018)

Lectures & Publications

The Importance of Effective Communications in Long Term Care Risk Management, North Carolina Assisted Living Association (2015)

Communication and Documentation in a Litigious Adult Care Climate, American College of Health Care Administrators, South Carolina Chapter (2015)

Effective Charting in the Prevention and Defense of Civil Litigation, North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities (2014)

Accidents Happen:  Long Term Care Facility Response and Investigation of Major Incidents, North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities (2011)

Arbitration of Claims in Long Term Care, North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities (2008)