Tony Phillips was in his first year at Harvard Law School during the 9/11 attacks and so, while completing his law degree, entered the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at MIT. After law school, Tony entered the Air Force as a judge advocate (a military lawyer) and served on active duty for four years, in the U.S. and overseas, including six months leading major crimes investigations in Baghdad, Iraq. For his service in Iraq, Tony was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal – the third-highest honor bestowed on service members by the Department of Defense.


Tony is now a Principal in the Houston and Washington, D.C., offices of McKool Smith, P.C., where he handles internal investigations for business clients and responses to government enforcement actions for both companies and individuals. Tony also provides clients with anti-corruption and other business compliance advice relating to a variety of state and federal statutory regimes, including those involving the FCPA, FCA, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, anti-money laundering, and other white-collar criminal statutes. Tony has given interviews to many national news outlets for his white collar and compliance experience and expertise, including CNN Business, Business Insider, and Bloomberg.


Tony is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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