Financial Poise

Chip Phinney

Chip practices at Mintz Levin, in the area of complex corporate litigation, with a primary focus on shareholder and securities litigation and advising officers and directors on fiduciary duties and corporate governance. Chip has tried shareholder suits in state and federal courts and has represented corporations, directors, and officers in securities class actions, derivative suits, and cases before the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, he frequently works with the firm’s Bankruptcy and Public Finance groups on matters involving distressed public and private debt, representing and advising bond trustees, bondholders, creditors, and other parties.

Chip also maintains an active appellate practice and co-chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He has briefed and/or argued cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, and Ninth Circuits. He often consults with other members of the firm on appellate practice and procedure.

Chip has written extensively on topics in appellate practice and corporate litigation and regularly participates in legal and corporate governance education programs. He authored the Massachusetts chapter for a volume on appellate practice throughout the United States, Appellate Practice Compendium, published by the American Bar Association (ABA); contributes to the chapter on derivative litigation in the ABA’s annual review of business litigation; serves on the Event Planning Committee of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; and has written and lectured for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). Chip also launched and co-edits Mintz Levin’s “Securities Matters” blog.

Chip is actively involved in Mintz Levin’s pro bono practice, and has been an author and counsel of record for several amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of pro bono clients.  Within the firm, he has also served on Mintz Levin’s Diversity Committee and as editor of its Diversity Newsletter, and regularly participates in the firm’s training and mentoring programs.

In 1999 to 2000, Chip practiced as a special assistant district attorney while on leave from the firm, inaugurating Mintz Levin’s rotation program with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. During that time, Chip prosecuted over 100 criminal matters and tried numerous cases.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Chip clerked for the Honorable John M. Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and its chairman, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Prior to his legal career, Chip was assistant professor of English at Harvard University.