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Madison – Governor Scott Walker appointed Nelson Phillips to serve as judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Branch 17.  Nelson Phillips brings with him to the Milwaukee bench over ten years of legal experience in Milwaukee. 

“The judiciary must be comprised of men and women who faithfully guard the state and federal constitutions, and who humbly say what the law is and subordinate their personal views to the law,” Governor Walker said.

Phillips began his legal career in the Milwaukee County District Attorneys Office as an Assistant District Attorney.  While in this position he served as lead prosecutor on criminal felonies and misdemeanors.  Phillips then joined the United States Attorneys Office in Milwaukee as an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney.  Phillips will be leaving private practice at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., in Milwaukee.  Phillips was a Senior Litigation Associate.  He was a member of the firm’s White Collar and general civil litigation teams, litigating contract, commercial, labor and employment, and general legal disputes. 

Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Phillips is very active in the community, serving on the Board of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and as a youth sports coach.