Gregory Alan Phillips

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Gregory Alan Phillips
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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

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Gregory Alan Phillips
 Court:Tenth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 158 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:January 31, 2013
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:March 19, 2013
ApprovedAReported:April 18, 2013 
ApprovedAConfirmed:July 8, 2013
 Vote: 88-0

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]

Notable cases

Horse slaughterhouses may reopen prior to resolution of appeal (2013)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Front Range Equine Rescue, et al v. Vilsack, et al, 13-2187)

On December 13, 2013, Judges Gregory Alan Phillips and David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit denied an emergency motion filed by animal rights groups for an injunction seeking to halt horse slaughterhouses from resuming operations for the first time since 2007. Plaintiffs requested a stay on those activities pending final resolution of their appeal, but "failed to meet their burden," according to the judges' decision. In the underlying case, animal rights groups sought to prevent the slaughter of horses in New Mexico, Missouri, and Iowa, claiming that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued inspection permits to three slaughterhouses, but failed to prepare various documents essential to determining the environment impact of their intended operations, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act. Chief Judge Christina Armijo of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico temporarily enjoined the slaughter of horses while considering the case, but later dismissed the proceedings with prejudice. The plaintiff animal rights groups appealed to the Tenth Circuit, and on November 5, 2013, the appeals court issued a temporary stay of Judge Armijo's decision pending further review. About one month later, Judges Phillips and Ebel lifted that stay, citing the plaintiffs' likelihood of success in the final resolution of their appeal, making way for horse slaughterhouses to begin operations.[9][10]

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."[11]

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.[12]

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

External links


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