A. Nicole Phillips is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP, and is a member of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations Practice Group. Her practice focuses on litigating white collar criminal cases and conducting government investigations for companies and government entities. Throughout her career, Nicole has tried over 100 cases in federal and state court, including over 20 jury trials.
Immediately prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Nicole served eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Nicole handled a wide array of criminal matters, including complex large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies, public corruption, tax offenses, bank fraud conspiracies, and Hobbs Act robbery. Nicole also prepared appellate briefs submitted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Among her many notable cases as an AUSA, Nicole successfully prosecuted a tax matter resulting in the defendants pleading guilty and paying restitution to the IRS in excess of $5,000,000.
Nicole was a member of the U.S. Attorney's Office’s hiring committee, and participated in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's Supervision to Aid Reentry ("STAR") program, assisting individuals reenter society after serving federal sentences. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor for the Federal Criminal Practice clinical course at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Prior to serving as an AUSA, Nicole spent seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted hundreds of cases for offenses ranging from drug trafficking, robbery, rape/sexual assault, domestic violence and attempted murder. She also prepared letter briefs and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court during her time in the Appellate Division.
In addition to her career as a practicing attorney, Nicole served as the Senior Director for Career Planning at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Nicole is on the Board of Directors for Philadelphia VIP, which supports attorneys in providing pro bono legal services to individuals and small businesses in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, and the Federal Criminal Law Committee. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Pennsylvania Chapter.
Nicole is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College, and a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. She was selected for membership of Who's Who Among American Law Students.
In addition to her role as a proud mother of active teenagers, Nicole enjoys distance running, traveling, singing, and serving in her church. She is a frequent speaker for schools, churches and community organizations, as well as for conferences and retreats for youth and women.