Kevin M. Phillips, Partner
Mr. Phillips' practice is concentrated in all aspects of Warehouse Legal Liability including property losses, general liability, regulatory compliance, enforcement of warehousemen liens, and review of storage contracts. Mr. Phillips represents warehousemen, shippers, carriers, and freight forwarders, in tort, contract, bailment, warranty and statutory-based actions.
Kevin M. Phillips has defended warehousemen against claims involving chemical contamination of food grade products stored in a newly constructed 600,000 square foot warehouse, ammonia exposure to food grade products stored in an underground refrigerated facility, infestation of products involving multiple distribution centers, improper record keeping claim against human blood storage facility, food spoliation claim involving alleged improper refrigeration by warehouseman, claim by cocoa manufacturer against warehouseman for cross contamination of product from spices stored nearby, several different inventory shortage claims against distribution centers, and defending several product damage claims against warehousemen as a result of natural disasters. In addition to Mr. Phillips' litigation practice, he has become involved in drafting, negotiating and reviewing warehousing and transportation documents, including warehouse receipt, bills of lading, freight contracts, standard contract terms and conditions, security agreements, and tariffs. He also has experience instituting and enforcing warehousemen's liens and the recovery of unpaid storage charges.
Mr. Phillips is a member of several warehouse associations, including the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) where he serves as Claims and Litigation Counsel for the Association and its members, the Warehouse Education Research Council (WERC), and The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW).
On The Road
- Evolving Warehouse: Are Your Contracts Evolving Too?
Mar 9, 2019, Kevin M. Phillips, International Warehouse Logistics Association's 2019 IWLA Reimagine - Savannah, GA
- Damages – Limiting Your Warehouse’s Liability
Jan 17, 2019, Kevin M. Phillips, International Warehouse Logistics Association’s 2019 Webinar Training
- Warehouse Law
Nov 9, 2017, Kevin M. Phillips, International Warehouse Logistics Association's Legal Symposium - Chicago, IL
- Warehouse Law
Oct 4, 2017, Kevin M. Phillips, International Warehouse Logistics Association's Essentials of Warehousing Course - Minneapoliis, MN
- Warehouse Law
Sep 26, 2017, Kevin M. Phillips, Illinois Trucking Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo - Normal, IL
- Warehousing Update
Aug 17, 2017, Kevin M. Phillips, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Transportation Brief: Warehouse ChargebacksChargebacks are most common in the retail industry, but they have application in other industries as well. Read more here.
- Transportation Brief: Warehouse Claims – How to Respond, Defend, SettleUpon receiving a claim from a customer, a warehouse should first notify its insurer. It is imperative to satisfy the policy’s timely notice requirement should coverage be available. The warehouse should assess the claim, including the type of damages sought, and confirm the depositor has provided proper notice of claim by adequately identifying the goods or shipments involved.
- Scopelitis In the News: "Warehouse Recourse from Conflicting Claims to Goods", Summer 2016 edition of 3PL Americas - North America's Warehouse & Logistics MagazineScopelitis partners Eric Meyers and Kevin Phillips on a warehouse’s legal recourse when faced with this situation involving conflicting claims to goods
- "Packing on the Pounds: Warehouse Liability for Overweight Loads", 3PL Americas - The Magazine of the IWLA in North America