Paul J. Phillips
Paul Phillips represents highly regulated entities in the financial and utility sectors. A skilled navigator, Paul guides clients through complex jurisdictional and regulatory thickets to reach efficient and satisfactory results. Paul has achieved solutions for his clients in a wide range of agency adjudications and rulemaking proceedings, as well as in state legislatures. Paul has given particular focus to the ever-changing communications industry, whose regulatory needs have experienced major swings in recent years as the concept of “net neutrality” has been debated. Paul has represented providers of voice, data and video services since the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
In addition, Paul advises Vermont and New Hampshire businesses in all aspects of their commercial operations. Paul has extensive experience with licensing, compliance and enforcement issues, as well as with business formations and dissolutions, mergers and acquisitions, consumer protection and customer service issues, and public and private financing transactions. He has negotiated dozens of business-to-business contracts and has successfully litigated a variety of utility and insurance cases before state agencies and courts. Paul has also drafted and negotiated legislative solutions for his clients involving alternative regulation and deregulation, the establishment and implementation of state broadband and universal service funding programs, and reform of state regulatory agencies.
Paul is committed to public service. He has served as Chair of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights since November 2015. In December 2017, Governor Chris Sununu appointed Paul to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
- Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
- Williams College, B.A., cum laude
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- Vermont Bar Association
- Washington County Bar Association
- Telephone Association of New England
Admitted to Practice
- New Hampshire Bar
- New Hampshire Supreme Court
- Vermont Bar
- Vermont Supreme Court
Pro Bono & Volunteer Work
- Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion (2017-Present)
- Chair, New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (2015-Present)
- Commissioner, New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (2014-Present)
- Chair, Town of Plymouth (NH) Energy Commission (2010-13)
- Chair, Permit Review Committee, City of Montpelier (Vt.) (2003-04)
- Chair, Advisory Committee on Civic Education to the Vermont Commissioner of Education (1998-2006)
- Petition of Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Company, Inc., Docket No. 7798, Final Order (Vt. Public Service Board, Apr. 27, 2012)
In a case of first impression nationally, Paul successfully demonstrated that the changes in federal revenue required by the FCC’s Transformation Order (FCC 11-161) created sufficient adverse economic impact on a rural telecommunication company that a suspension of local-interconnection obligations was warranted under 47 U.S.C. § 251(f)(2).
- In re MetroCast Cablevision of New Hampshire, LLC, and IDT America Corp., Docket Nos. DT 08-130 & DT 09-065, Order No. 25,193 (N.H. Pub. Utils. Comm’n, Jan. 18, 2011)
Paul negotiated the successful application of Public Utilities Commission authority under RSA 374:22-g following the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s decision in Appeal of Union Telephone Company, 160 N.H. 309 (2010).
Publications / Presentations
- “NESCOE: Making Regional Energy Project Decisions Behind Closed Doors?” New Hampshire Bar News; Sept. 17, 2014
- “Tough Times for Landlines: Sweeping Changes Leave Rural Carriers at Crossroads“; New Hampshire Bar News; Sept. 20, 2013
- Vermont Supreme Court, Hon. Ernest W. Gibson, III