Edward J. Phillips


Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Edward Phillips focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in federal and state courts where he has represented businesses, individuals, municipalities and public officials in a wide range of matters.  He has extensive litigation experience defending both private entities and municipal clients in labor and employment matters.  He has served as special counsel for Bedford, North Castle, New Castle, White Plains, Pleasantville, Poughkeepsie, Orangetown and Ulster and Putnam Counties.  His representation of employers has frequently included the defense of wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, discrimination and retaliation suits, and commercial contract disputes.  He also has represented individuals in shareholder derivative disputes and other matters involving closely-held businesses.

Mr. Phillips has litigated cases before trial and appellate courts throughout New York.  He has handled appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and the Appellate Divisions of the New York State Supreme Court.  Mr. Phillips also represents clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Phillips joined Keane & Beane, P.C. in 2000 after serving for two years as a law clerk to United States District Judge William H. Pauley III, in the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Phillips currently serves on the Mediation Panel for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

With his active litigation practice, Mr. Phillips has represented clients in cases that have generated over 60  reported court decisions, including the following:

Grunberg 77 LLC v. B.R. Guest Parent Holdings, LLC, 2018 WL 579 1969 (S.D.N.Y. 2018)

United States v. 111 East 88th Partners,
2017 WL 4217138 (Sept. 19, 2017)

United States ex rel. Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York, Inc. v. Westchester County, New York,
689 Fed. Appx. 71 (Apr. 28, 2017)

Thomas v. Grunberg 77 LLC,
2017 WL 3263141 (S.D.N.Y. 2017)

Krupp v. N.Y. State Div. of Human Rights,
136 A.D.3d 641, 23 N.Y.S.3d 901 (2d Dep’t 2016)

Philips Int’l Investments, LLC v. Pektor,
117 A.D.3d 1, 982 N.Y.S.2d 98 (1st Dep’t 2014)

Town of Orangetown v. Rockland County PBA,
  105 A.D.3d 861 (2d Dep’t 2013)

Ulster County v. CSI, Inc.,
95 A.D.3d 1634, 945 N.Y.S.2d 480 (3d Dep’t 2012)

Datto Inc. v. Braband,
856 F. Supp. 2d 354 (D. Conn. 2012)

Futia v. Weaver,
85 A.D.3d 1165, 925 N.Y.S.2d 897 (2d Dep’t 2011)

Gentile v. Nulty,
769 F.Supp.2d 573 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Planning Bd. of Town of Southeast,
9 N.Y.3d 219, 851 N.Y.S.2d 76 (2007)

Matter of Town of Orangetown v. Orangetown PBA,
 6 N.Y.3d 563, 815 N.Y.S.2d 1 (2006)


  • State and Federal Courts of New York
  • State and Federal Courts of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • White Plains Bar Association 

Professional Activities/Publications

  • Co-author with Richard L. O’Rourke of “Riverkeeper v. Planning Board of the Town of Southeast: The Court of Appeals Reminds Lower Courts Not to Second-Guess SEQRA Determinations”, New York State Bar Association Journal (July/August 2008).
  • “Didden v. Village of Port Chester: For Now, Broad Judicial Deference To Local Governments’ Exercise of Eminent Domain Powers Remains The Rule”, New York State Bar Association Government, Law and Policy Journal (Spring 2007). 


  • 1994, J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • 1989, B.B.A., Hofstra University
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