Julie K. Phillips

Hi, I'm Julie K. Phillips, Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Julie K. Phillips, as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, provides legal counsel and advice for the Ohio Department of Agriculture while assisting government in being small business friendly. Julie Phillips' passion for small business and agriculture started when she was 5 years old, cleaning off tables and washing dishes in the back of her parents' Italian restaurant, eventually working her way up through the ranks to management. Valuing fresh food in the restaurant business, she also spent many years helping on the family farm growing fresh produce and tending livestock. Recognizing the many difficulties small business owners and farmers faced, especially with the many nuances of the law, Julie Phillips became an attorney to assist small businesses, including farms, to become successful. Julie Phillips counsels the ODA through transactions and issues with the confidence and expertise clients seek. With extensive real-world experience of issues small businesses and farmers face, she knows how to bring many time- and money-saving solutions to business and agricultural problems. Julie Phillips gained significant experience with other law firms as a former partner and within the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General. When not practicing law, Julie Phillips is an avid pianist, rides motorcycles, and supports her country as a member of the Ohio Air National Guard.

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Julie K. Phillips's Background

Julie K. Phillips's Experience

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Ohio Air National Guard

November 2012 - Present | Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio

Areas of Practice: Employment and Labor Law; Administrative Discharges and Line of Duty determinations; and Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Chief Legal Counsel at Ohio Department of Agriculture

October 2012 - Present | Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Julie Phillips counsels the ODA through transactions and issues with the confidence and expertise clients seek. With extensive real-world experience of issues small businesses and farmers face, she knows how to bring many time- and money-saving solutions to business and agricultural problems. Legal Areas of Practice: Government Contracts and Agreements, Commercial Transactions, and Negotiations; Employment and Labor Law; Real Estate and Leasing; Farmland Preservation; Ohio Sunshine Laws and Public Records Act; and Administrative Rules and Implementation

Inventory Management Specialist at Ohio Air National Guard

June 2000 - November 2012 | Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio

Managed the procurement and receipt of stock items for motor pool and management of stock accounts for aircraft. Received Associates in Logistics from Community College of Air Force and achieved the position of Craftsman with honors. Attended Airman Leadership School, learning leadership, human relations, conflict resolution, and teamwork building. Deployed to Turkey in support of KC-135 Stratotankers during Operation Enduring Freedom, ensuring efficient distribution of on-time parts and execution of flying mission.

Partner - Attorney at Worley Law, LLC

May 2010 - October 2012 | Westerville, Ohio

Worley Law represents business owners and entrepreneurs who are navigating the complicated challenges of owning a small business. By listening to the needs of business owners, we help ensure stability, mitigate risk, and increase profitability, leaving the client and their company secure, protected, and reassured. Assisting established businesses and start-ups alike, we take a holistic approach to each client, providing them with custom-tailored solutions that help them achieve their business and legal goals and establish a firm foundation for their company to grow upon. It is our top priority to help safeguard the personal and business assets of our clients, to arrive at solutions which not only secure the company but help it grow and succeed, and to leave the client with peace of mind that their business is protected against "what if". Knowledgeable in all facets of small business and commercial real estate law, we have extensive experience in everything from legal entity formation and asset protection, to contract negotiation and drafting. Legal Areas of Practice: Entity Selection and Business Formation Entity Selection and Business Formation Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning Contracts and Agreements, Commercial Transactions, and Negotiations Purchase and Sale of a Business and Joint Ventures Employment Issues and Independent Contractors Commercial Real Estate and Leasing Protection of Trade Secrets and Noncompetition Agreements Women in Business Collections & Business Litigation Bar Admissions: Ohio, 2009 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2010 Member, American, Ohio State, and Columbus Bar Associations

Associate Attorney at Anthony Law, LLC

August 2007 - May 2010 | Columbus, Ohio

Drafted dispositive motions, requests for discovery, and complaints in consumer law, title insurance, and real property issues. Drafted correspondence and negotiated with opposing counsel, Bureau of Workers Compensation, and Ohio Department of Taxation entities on behalf of clients. Researched complex issues relating to title insurance, copyright law, workers compensation, and real estate development contracts in connection with client representation.

Research Assistant at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

June 2007 - September 2007 | Columbus, Ohio

Researched and edited Anderson's Consumer Law Manual, researching various issues such as the Small Loan Act and Mortgage Loan Act, Home Solicitation Sales Act, Prepaid Entertainment Act, "Payday" Loan Regulation and The Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Extensively researched current and upcoming law and analyzed impact on current interpretations of the law.

Julie K. Phillips's Education

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

2006 – 2009

Juris Doctorate

Concentration: Law

Activities: Business Law Society - Vice President of MBA Relations; Real Estate Law Society; Negotiations Competition


Community College of the Air Force

2000 – 2005

Associates in Logistics

Concentration: Logistics


Centro De Idioma Sureste

2004 – 2004

Certificate in Language Studies

Concentration: Spanish


Ohio University

1999 – 2004

Bachelor of Arts

Concentration: Political Science with Minor in Business Administration

Activities: Departmental Honors on Independent Study, Honors Thesis: Objectivity in the Media: The Different Sides of The Iraq War; Ohio Capital Scholar 2003; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Alpha Delta


Julie K. Phillips's Interests & Activities

Estate Planning, Contracts, Real Estate, Negotiations Motorcycles, Photography and Travel