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Philip E. McDermott

Philip E. McDermott

Los Angeles
555 South Flower Street
Forty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Philip is a member of the firm’s Business Solutions, General Liability and Transportation Law Practice Groups. Philip’s clients have included private entities such as business owners, commercial property owners, retailers, contractors, insurance companies and Native American tribes.

Philip is knowledgeable regarding all phases of file handling from early case assessment through trial. He is experienced at taking and defending depositions; propounding and responding to discovery; preparing law and motion pleadings; mediation and arbitration; and effectively negotiating resolution and settlement for his clients.

Business Solutions

Philip has significant experience pertaining to commercial litigation, including contract and collection disputes. His experience includes an emphasis on the commercial real estate and retail and hospitality industries. Philip serves as a key team member for clients needing an attorney who can perform the unique function of advising them from the inception of a new business relationship, providing pre-litigation advice, and handling litigation if and when it arises. Philip helps clients drive their business forward while minimizing the risk of litigation at all stages of the process.

General Liability

Philip’s practice centers on personal injury, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and subrogation matters. His experience in general liability focuses on the defense of negligence and products liability actions, including construction and consumer products.

His practice additionally focuses on the hospitality industry such as casinos, hotels and resorts, assisting with a wide range of civil litigation and business transactions.

He has additionally advised businesses on many diverse legal issues, including breach of contract, entertainment/copyright issues, commercial and residential real estate, and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Philip has experience defending truck drivers and trucking companies against claims involving death and serious injury in traffic and warehouse incidents. Philip has contributed to the firm’s Immediate Response Team’s efforts involved with securing evidence and dealing with the media within hours of accidents occurring.

While in law school, Philip had a leadership role in the St. Thomas More honor society. In his free time, Philip is an avid sports fan, particularly of the Los Angeles Lakers.


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (JD, 2015)

Vassar College (BA, 2012)

California State Courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California