Philip R. Stein, Practice Group Leader of Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and heads the firm's Homebuilder, Financial Services, and Data Security teams. He regularly acts as lead counsel to mortgage companies, financial services companies, and large national homebuilders on a broad range of issues of importance to companies in those industries. Phil is currently devoting a substantial part of his practice to representing originators and sellers of mortgage loans throughout the country as they defend against contractual indemnification claims made by banks and other investors. Phil has litigated approximately 100 such high-stakes cases in jurisdictions around the country with cumulative claims in excess of $1.8 billion, while securing pre-suit resolutions or settlements in dozens more. He also has extensive experience guiding clients in addressing and mitigating liability related to data security and privacy.
Phil is particularly experienced in litigation involving: financial fraud, other business torts, and consumer product claims; corporate governance; trade secrets; class action defense, and professional liability issues (including director and officer liability issues, and accounting malpractice claims). Phil has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trials, appeals, and arbitration proceedings.
Phil is a frequent contributor to and co-editor of Bilzin Sumberg's Financial Services Watch blog, providing insight into business and legal issues affecting loan repurchases, mortgage-backed securities and mortgage insurance. Visit the blog at www.financialserviceswatchblog.com. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA in the General Commercial category, by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star", and by Florida Super Lawyers. Phil earned his J.D. at Duke University and his B.A. at the University of North Carolina.