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Gregory Alan Phillips
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   88-0
Active:   7/8/2013-Present
Preceded by:   Terrence O'Brien
Past post:   Wyoming Attorney General
Past term:   3/2011-07/2013
Personal History
Born:   8/17/1960
Hometown:   Evanston, WY (Littleton, CO)
Undergraduate:   University of Wyoming, B.A., 1983
Law School:   University of Wyoming Law, J.D., 1987

Gregory Alan Phillips is a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined the court in 2013 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. At the time of nomination, he was the Attorney General of Wyoming and had held the position since March 2011.[1][2]

Early life and education

Born in Evanston, Wyoming, Philips attended University of Wyoming, graduating in 1983 with a B.A. He went on to earn his J.D. in 1987 from the University of Wyoming College of Law.[3]

Professional career

  • 2011-2013:Wyoming Attorney General, Wyoming Attorney General's Office
  • 2010-2011: Special Assistant to the Governor for Legislative Affairs, Wyoming Attorney General's Office
  • 2003-2010: Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 2001-2002: Owner, Phillips Law Office
  • 1998-2001: Partner, Mead & Phillips
  • 1993-1999: State Senator, Uinta County, Wyoming State Senate
  • 1990-1991: Part-time Deputy County Attorney, Uinta County Attorney's Office
  • 1989-1998: Partner, Phillips Law Offices
  • 1987-1989: Law Clerk, Hon. Alan Johnson, District of Wyoming[3][4]

Judicial career

Tenth Circuit

On January 31, 2013, President Obama nominated Gregory Alan Phillips to a post on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, filling the spot vacated by Terrence O'Brien upon his retirement.[1] Obama commented on the nomination, stating:

Jane Kelly and Gregory Alan Phillips have proven themselves to be not only first-rate legal minds but faithful public servants. It is with full confidence in their ability, integrity, and independence that I nominate them to the bench of the United States Court of Appeals.[3][5]

Phillips was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. You can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.[6]

On July 8, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Gregory Alan Phillips to an Article III post for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit with a vote of 88-0.[7][8]

Awards and associations


  • 2005: U.S. Postal Service Certificate of Appreciation for Assistance in Prosecution of Fraud Case
  • 1994: Attendee, Program for Emerging Political Leaders, University of Virginia
  • 1993: Special Recognition Award: Wyoming Public Employees Association
  • 1993: Outstanding Freshman Senator
  • Order of the Coif
  • Land and Water law Review


  • 2011-Present: Commissioner, Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
  • 2011-Present: American Inns of Court, Ewing T. Kerr Inn
  • 2011-Present: Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board
  • 2011-Present: National Association of Attorneys General
  • 2004-Present: Member, Cheyenne County Club
  • 1998-1999: Rocky Mountain Presidential Primary Task
  • 1995-2002: Board of Directors, Wyoming Community Development Authority
  • 1995-1998: Rotary Club, Evanston, Wyoming
  • 1995-1997: Board of Directors, Evanston Chamber of Commerce
  • 1993-1994: Wyoming Task Force on Medicaid Cost
  • 1990-1992: Board of Directors, Pioneer Counseling



Phillips was first appointed as Attorney General of Wyoming in March 2011 by Governor Matt Mead (R). Mead stated, "Greg is a critical thinker and he gets the job done. His leadership is exactly what Wyoming needs to address tough issues such as federal health care mandates and wolf management."[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Phillips is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Phillips raised a total of $11,284 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[10]

Gregory Alan Phillips's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
1994 WY State Senate Won $3,837
1992 WY State Senate Won $7,447
Grand Total Raised $11,284

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Terrence O'Brien
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by