Phillip Thomas DiStanislao


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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, University of Richmond Law Review, 2016
  • Wake Forest University, BA, Religious Studies, cum laude, 2011
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Thomas focuses his practice on defending clients in toxic tort and products liability litigation.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Thomas clerked for the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Thomas graduated first in his class from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for the University of Richmond Law Review and was a member of the McNeill Law Society.   During law school, Thomas earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Appellate Courts, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Jurisprudence, Federal Courts, Legal History, and Remedies.  He also received the T.C. Williams Law School Scholarship Award, presented to the graduating student who made the most significant contribution to legal scholarship.

Phillip DiStanislao
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Author, The Highest Court: A Dialogue Between Justice Louis Brandeis and Justice Antonin Scalia on Stare Decisis, 51 U. RICH. L. REV. 1149, 2017
Author, A Shot in the Dark: Why Virginia Should Adopt the Firing Squad as Its Primary Method of Execution, 49 U. RICH. L. REV. 779 , 2015