Pulaski County Board of Supervisors recognized Thomas Lee Phillips, an attorney with the Pulaski County Commonwealth Attorney’s office, as the featured employee for the month for September.
After obtaining a bachelor of arts from Virginia Tech and law degree from University of Virginia, Phillips returned to Pulaski, becoming a partner in the Crowell, Nuckols, Layman and Aust law firm for 11 years. He went to work for a state agency in Raleigh, N.C., eventually becoming executive director of the agency before retiring and returning to Pulaski to care for his ailing mother.
“It was during this time that I ran into Tom and convinced him to come out of retirement and take a position with my office handling the numerous appeals that were being filed in our cases,” said Commonwealth Attorney Mike Fleenor. “I knew that he had a real talent for legal research and writing legal briefs. We had an opening in the office and Tom came out of retirement to handle all of our briefs to the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.”
Since Phillips joined the staff, Fleenor said, “We have won virtually every appeal filed in those courts. The citizens of Pulaski County are fortunate to have such legal talent as a member of the Pulaski County prosecutor’s office.”