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  McPhillips, Jr., Julian L.
NameJulian L. McPhillips, Jr.
AddressPO Box 64
Montgomery, Alabama 36101, United States
Website [Link]
Born January 01, 1946 (72 years)
Last ModifedBarack O-blame-a
Jan 05, 2012 12:28am
Info Julian McPhillips was born in 1946 in Birmingham, AL, and spent his first 13 years growing up in Cullman, where he attended public schools. Julian graduated from Sewanee Military Academy in 1964; Princeton University cum laude with honors in history in 1968; and Columbia Law School in 1971. Julian also spent four years as a Wall Street attorney, from 1971 to 1975. Julian moved back to Alabama in 1975 and began working as Assistant Attorney General under Bill Baxley, specializing in white collar crime prosecution. He left the attorney general's office in 1977, to open up his own law office, and began a campaign for attorney general that year. Julian ran an energetic state-wide campaign, finishing second out of nine candidates for attorney general in the unofficial results in 1978, but lost his run-off spot in the late changing official vote three days later.
It has been 22 years since Julian ran for attorney general. He has built up a strong trial lawyer practice in Montgomery at McPhillips, Shinbaum & Gill, L.L.P., with emphasis on public interest cases, personal injury, and employment litigation, although his firm and Julian also do criminal defense work as well. In an Associated Press feature story in state-wide newspapers in 1983, Julian was referred to as the "public watchdog," a 1984 Montgomery Advertiser column referred to him as the "private attorney general." In the 1997 Montgomery Advertiser "Readers Choice Award," Julian was voted the "Best Attorney in Montgomery" by the readership of the Montgomery Advertiser, (a recognition Julian humbly disagrees with). Julian has also represented many employees, both private and public, and has had numerous groundbreaking constitutional rights cases. Julian is the subject of a biography written by Birmingham author Dale Short, and published by New South Books, namely "The People's Lawyer, The Colorful Life and Times of Julian L. McPhillips, Jr."
Julian has been married for 27 years to the former Leslie Burton, a native of Brazil. They have three children, Rachel, 23 (a school teacher in Jefferson County); Grace 20 (an aspiring actress at Elon College, North Carolina), and David, 10 (a 4th grader at Montgomery's St. James School).
Julian was an All-American collegiate wrestler at Princeton, twice Eastern AAU heavyweight wrestling champion, and a finalist in the 1972 Olympic Tryouts. In Montgomery, Julian has been senior warden of Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church, which he and his wife helped co-found, and is president of the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, which he and his wife also founded. Julian is also senior partner of McPhillips, Shinbaum & Gill, a firm of 10 lawyers and 25 employees in Montgomery.

In 1985, Julian was named recipient by Toastmaster�s International for its prestigious "Communication and Leadership" Award.

In 1999, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference awarded McPhillips its "Man of Distinction" Award. In 2000, the SCLC conferred upon Julian its esteemed "Dedication and Loyalty" Award, and in 2001 its "Humanitarian" Award.


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