Phillip A. Kilgore

Office Managing Shareholder || Greenville

Phillip Kilgore has been in the practice of litigation and labor and employment law in the Greenville office of Ogletree Deakins since 1986.

Phillip has extensive litigation experience, representing clients in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He has handled a wide range of cases from traditional employment discrimination claims to tort claims and from environmental claims to shareholder derivative actions and minority shareholder disputes.

Phillip also is an expert in advising clients on the protection of business assets and litigating acts of misappropriation.

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Phillip has litigated cases involving workplace disputes (claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge and tortious conduct), and other diverse areas such as products liability, shareholder disputes and other commercial cases.  He has litigated numerous restrictive covenant cases. Phillip specializes in complex litigation, where he has represented large industrial clients in intellectual property disputes, environmental cases and toxic tort cases.

Phillip also works with clients to protect valuable business assets, drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants and advising clients on measures to protect trade secrets from misappropriation and customer relationships from unfair competition.  Phillip frequently assists his clients in finding answers to business problems arising in the context of local government, including zoning and ordinance matters.

An important part of Phillip’s practice is advising clients on preventive measures pertaining to employment laws, personnel policies, labor relations and business issues.  His objective is to help his clients find the most cost effective business solutions to workplace problems before they become expensive lawsuits.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1983
  • A.B., College of William and Mary, 1980

Admittance to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (Executive Committee, 1998-2003)
  • Greenville County Bar Association (President, Young Lawyers Association, 1991)
  • South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution: Certified Mediator and Certified Arbitrator
  • Greenville (SC) Commission of Public Works (2003-present); Chair (2013-present)
  • Greenville (SC) Chamber of Commerce, Chairman (2019), Board of Directors and Vice Chair-Public Policy (2013-present)
  • Blue Ridge Counsel, Boy Scouts of America – President  (2013-2014); Executive Board (1990-present)
  • Rotary Club of Greenville (SC) – President (2000-2001)
  • Greenville (SC) City Board of Zoning Appeals (1997-2002)
  • Poinsett Club Board of Governors (1997-2000, 2003-2006); President (2006)
  • Urban League of the Upstate (SC) (1994-2000) – Executive Committee, General Counsel


  • 2017 CACCE Annual Management Conference - "Are You Handling Your Personnel Issues by the Law?" - Spartanburg - October 13, 2017
  • Greenville Chamber Women @ Work - "Creating a Workplace Culture in which Women Can Advance" - Greenville - June 22, 2017
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce - "US Supreme Court Update" - Greenville - August 2015
  • WCI HR Forum - "Retaliation in the Workplace" - Asheville - May 2015
  • WCI HR Forum - "EEOC Charges" - Asheville - May 2010
  • WCI HR Forum - "Workplace Relationships" - Asheville - May 2010
  • February 13, 2018 - Law360 - "How Not To Enforce An Arbitration Agreement"
  • January 25, 2018 - Upstate SC Alliance Blog - "What You Need to Know About NLRB for 2018"
  • January 2013 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Protecting Business Information Against Misappropriation by Departed Employees"
  • July 2009 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Redefining ‘Disabled’: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008"
  • May 2008 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Battle-Worthy Non-Competes"
  • January/February 2002 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Mandatory Arbitration: A Cure-all for Employment Disputes?"
  • January/February 1998 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Trade Secrets in South Carolina: New Act Changes Outlook for Employers"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (in Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Commercial Litigation practice areas) (since 2008)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent (since 1999)
  • Upstate (SC) Legal Elite, Labor and Employment Law (since 2013)
  • Selected as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Greenville by Greenville Business Magazine (2016)