The Phillips Black Project commemorates the work of Samuel F. Phillips and Hugo L. Black. Phillips, a North Carolina scalawag, was the U.S. Solicitor General during Reconstruction. He served four presidents from 1872 to 1885 during which time he unsuccessfully represented the United States in The Civil Rights Cases. Upon returning to private practice, he represented Mr. Homer Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson.

During Justice Black’s influential career on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1937 to 1971, he authored Klapprott v. U.S.Griffin v. IllinoisGideon v. Wainwright, and wrote and joined in other seminal opinions of this country’s rule of law established during the Twentieth Century.

Phillips Black was initiated in 2014 by the renaming and expansion of the Law Offices of John R. Mills, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in North Carolina in 2011, to refine the practice focus of the office, as it is stated herein, and to recognize the office’s continuing relationship with other attorneys, also as designated herein.

Ms. Merrigan’s primary office is in Philadelphia. She is a member of the state bars of Missouri and Pennsylvania only and is admitted in various federal courts.

Mr. Mills’s primary office is in San Francisco. He is a member of the state bars of Arizona, California, and North Carolina only and is admitted in various federal courts.

Mr. Perkovich’s primary office is in New York City. He is a member of the state Bar of New York only and is admitted in various federal courts.

Ms. Nisenson’s primary office is in New York City.  Ms. Nisenson is a non-attorney investigator.

Ms. Swain's primary office is in St. Louis.  She is a member of the state bar of Missouri.

Mr. Wallace’s primary office is in San Francisco. He is a member of the state bar of California.