Phil’s practice focuses primarily on representing employers and managers in labor and employment disputes.
Prior to joining Willcox Savage in August 2013, Phil practiced employment law with Jones Day, a national law firm, for four years in Los Angeles.
Phil has defended clients in complex wage and hour class actions involving novel issues that include claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, charges of missed meal and rest breaks, off-the-clock work, failure to pay split-shift premiums, and overtime compensation, among other things.
He also has advised clients and litigated actions regarding single-plaintiff cases involving charges of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, penalties under the California Labor Code, disputes involving employee/retiree health benefits, and actions by plaintiffs claiming whistleblower protection and retaliation.
Phil also focuses his practice defending transportation companies in actions brought by employees under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, Federal Rail Safety Act, and Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
Phil has defended clients against claims from union members for alleged adverse employment treatment due to their union participation.
In addition to his primary focus on labor and employment litigation, he has experience in general commercial litigation, including defending clients in insurance recovery litigation and other corporate defense disputes.
- Prevailed at trial by defeating claims brought by current and former employees alleging adverse employment action for their union participation.
- Successfully defended client against putative wage and hour class action.
- Obtained summary judgment for a client in a putative class action involving retiree health benefits brought by retirees of the client.
- Successfully achieved default judgment for 3 pro bono clients who were subjected to mortgage foreclosure fraud.
- Obtained summary judgment on FELA claim in suit for damages for a work-related injury by railroad employee.
News / Publications
- Employment Law Outlook - Winter 2017
- Willcox Savage Employment Law Outlook - Fall 2016
- Willcox Savage Attorney Phillip H. Hucles Named to Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List
- Willcox Savage Welcomes New Associate