Jon R. Phillips
Deputy General Counsel
General Litigation Department
University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1978)
Tulane University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude,1975)
FAX (904) 255-5120
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Carol Register
Phone (904) 255-5090
Jon R. Phillips joined the General Counsel’s Office in May 2002. He has been in charge of the General Litigation Department since March 2014.
Before joining the General Counsel’s Office, Mr. Phillips spent the bulk of his career as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville from April 1987 to February 2001. His positions included Director of Circuit Court, Director of County Court, Director of Special Prosecutions, Deputy Director of Repeat Offender Court and Division Chief of Public Corruption and Special Operations. He also specialized in prosecution of both capital and non-capital homicide cases. While employed at the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Phillips was an adjunct professor at the Criminal Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law. Before moving to Jacksonville in 1987, he was a prosecutor in Gainesville and Lake Butler for three years after having been in private practice in Gainesville from 1979 to 1984.
Mr. Phillips was a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Standard Jury Instruction Committee from 1995 until February 2003. He was also a member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorney Association Education Committee from 1997 to February 2001. During that period of time, he lectured numerous times to prosecutors statewide on a variety of subjects, including trial technique and cross-examination of expert witnesses. Mr. Phillips was a member of the 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “C” from 1989 to 1992, chairing that Committee in 1992. He was a member of the Mayor’s Sexual Assault Advisory Council, for which he was Secretary in 2004 until the end of his term on the Council in 2005. Mr. Phillips was a member and eventually chair of the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the 4th Judicial Circuit from October 2005 until October 2011.