James D. Phillips

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(321) 332-6864




144 West Crystal Lake Ave Suite 1000 Lake Mary, FL 32746


16 Years

About Expert Firearm Attorney James D. Phillips

James D. Phillips is a former prosecutor from Escambia and Seminole County, Florida. Mr. Phillips is an aggressive trial attorney, who uses his knowledge and experience as a prosecutor to zealously advocate for his clients. He has represented individuals in State and Federal court charged with misdemeanors, felonies, sex crimes, violent crimes, felonies punishable by life and murder.

Mr. Phillips is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Wrote the Book on Florida Gun Law

In 2017, Mr. Phillips became an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer.  Currently, Mr. Phillips is certified by the NRA as an instructor in the following disciplines:

  • Basic Pistol   
  • Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home.

Mr. Phillips co-authored Florida Gun Law: Armed and Educated which is in its third edition and co-author of The Ongoing Gun Control Debate published by Thomas Reuter/Aspatore. Mr. Phillips is a member of the NRA, Florida Carry, National Association for Gun Rights, Second Amendment Foundation, Florida Gun Rights, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Florida Sports Shooting Association

Author and Lecturer

Mr. Phillips routinely lectures at seminars throughout the State of Florida.  He lectures on Self-Defense, Justifiable Use of Force, Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground. Also, Mr. Phillips speaks at various national seminars throughout the country.  Further, Mr. Phillips has taught and trained attorneys throughout the country on jury selection, cross-examination and trial strategies in criminal trials.  Mr. Phillips is a published author on topics regarding DUI Defense, Jury Selection, Plea Bargaining, Cross-Examination, and Trial Strategy.   Mr. Phillips is Board Certified in DUI Defense by the National College of DUI Defense (only 1 of 4 in the State of Florida).

Mr. Phillips’ Awards and Accolades

  • Receiving an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available since 2019.
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Star from 2013 – 2017 (less than 2.5% of all attorneys receive this honor).
  • Inclusion in the Super Lawyers -Super Lawyer Edition 2021.
  • Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell 2013-2017 (less than 1% of the more than 900,000 attorneys listed nationwide on Martindale-Hubbell sites receive this award).
  • Recognized as one of Central Florida’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers each year since 2013.
  • Florida’s Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers each year from 2013-2017.
  • Featured as one of Central Florida’s Legal Elite by Orlando Style Magazine in 2014.
  • Included in Strathmore Who’s Who
  • Avvo’s 2017 Client Choice Award

Force Science Analyst

Mr. Phillips earned certification as a Force Science Analyst by completing the same course law enforcement investigators complete.  This intensive study course covers the science behind use of force encounters and allows David to apply the scientific principles learned to defending you in your case.  To earn this certification David took classes in: Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Biomechanics, Psychology of Crisis Encounters, Human Performance in High Stress/Life and Death Situations, Investigative Considerations in Arrest Related Deaths, Cognitive Interviewing and much more.  

Educated in the Following Self-Defense Related Disciplines:

In addition to being certified as a Force Science Analyst, Mr. Phillips has received training directly related to defending you in your use of force case, including: self-defense law, crime scene investigations, blood spatter evidence, DNA testing, gun-shot residue, stress effects on witness memory recall, weapons charting, gunshot wound analysis, evaluating use of force decision making, assessing imminent threats, human performance and the use of force, and much more.

Statewide Firearm Attorney for U.S. LawShield

Mr. Phillips is a Florida statewide Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield, Firearm Owner’s Protection Program. In this capacity, Mr. Phillips represents nearly 100,000 gun owners throughout the state in firearm-related and self-defense matters.

State and Federal Bar Admissions

  • Florida State Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas



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