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Ocean City, MD Lawyer
J. Harrison Phillips, III


J. Harrison Phillips, III was born in Ocean City, Maryland. Mr. Phillips attended Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Maryland. Mr. Phillips went on to attend and receive an Associate of Arts degree at Eastern College of Commerce and Law in 1962. He continued his education at Mt. Vernon School of Law where he received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1965.


Mr. Phillips continued his legal education obtaining his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970. While attending law school, he clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Hale in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County for three years, and upon graduation, Mr. Phillips returned to the area and began practicing as an associate at Perdue, Owrutsky & Whitehead, P.A., in Salisbury, Maryland until 1972.


Mr. Phillips affinity for criminal law then took him to the State’s Attorney’s Office for Worcester County where he was appointed as Assistant State’s Attorney where he served five years. He continued in the field of criminal law, and served as a panel attorney for the Maryland Public Defender’s Office gaining experience handling cases as a criminal defense attorney.  While serving in that capacity, Mr. Phillips handled cases in both District and Circuit Court, as well as death penalty cases for the 1st Circuit in Maryland.


In 1973, Mr. Phillips began his own private practice, and has continued to do so for more than 40 years. He is a member and past Chairman of the Criminal Law section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and also has served four terms as Vice Chairman for the Governor’s 1st Circuit Trial Court Nominating Commission. He is also a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, NORML National League Committee, National College for DUI Defense, and a board member for the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys.


Mr. Phillips focuses his practice in the area of DUI/DWI law, criminal law, Will preparation, estate planning, and real estate law. He is a licensed title agent for Old Republic Title Company.

Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of the United States (1976); United States District Court (MD, 1980); State of Maryland (1972).



Eastern College of Commerce and Law, 1962; Mt. Vernon School of Law, 1965; University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 1970)



Maryland State Bar Association, Worcester County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorney’s (Life Member), National College for DUI Defense, Inc., Past member Maryland 1st Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.


Charter Member of Ocean City Elks Lodge BPOE 2645

Life Member of the Ocean City Fire Department (29 years)

Sons of the American Legion Ocean City Post 166

Assateague Mobile Fisherman’s Association, Inc.

Past Board member of the Worcester County Youth and Family Counseling, Inc.



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