J.D., summa cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1989.
Editor-in-Chief, Georgetown Law Journal.
B.S., with high distinction, Pennsylvania State University, Finance, 1985.
District of Columbia
Philip A. Sechler, Partner
PHIL SECHLER focuses on complex civil litigation. He has substantial trial, appellate, and arbitral experience in a wide variety of matters throughout the country. Phil’s principal areas of practice include commercial disputes, real-estate matters, contract actions, franchise cases, trade-secret claims, class-action defense, and professional negligence suits. Phil has represented a broad range of corporations, directors and officers, partners, and investors in high-stakes business and financial disputes and shareholder actions. He has successfully handled numerous multi-million dollar real-estate disputes in litigation and arbitration. He has been involved in a number of complex internal investigations. And he has defended many major class actions brought by consumers, employees, and business organizations.
Phil joined Robbins, Russell in January 2017. Before that, Phil was a trial lawyer and partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, where he practiced for more than 22 years. In 2013, Phil joined the faculty at Penn State Law School, where he taught courses in evidence, legal ethics, and trial advocacy for three years. Phil clerked for Judge Francis D. Murnaghan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Representative matters include:
Successfully representing fee owner in extensive arbitration concerning redevelopment of the World Trade Center.
Intervening in and resolving protracted litigation concerning urban mall on behalf of real estate investment firm that obtained fee interest through bankruptcy auction.
Winning dismissal of numerous consumer class actions alleging fraudulent and deceptive trade practices in automobile industry.
Winning injunction (and attorneys’ fees) for The St. Paul Pioneer Press, which restrained former employees from working for major competitor and required return of trade secrets.
Winning $20 million judgment for plaintiff Archer Daniels Midland Co. after six-week jury trial on claims of insurance broker malpractice.
Successfully prosecuting corporate-control claims on behalf of office REIT that purchased 50% interest in deadlocked real-estate companies.
Professional Activities, Publications and Honors:
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Sept. 1999 through June 2013).
American Inns of Court.
Member, Georgetown Law Alumni Board (2006 to 2012).