Timothy Phillips

General Counsel

Timothy Phillips serves as General Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc., as well as its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, Inc. Tim joined the American Cancer Society’s Office of Corporation Counsel in 2005 and prior to his appointment served in the position of Senior Counsel. As the Society’s General Counsel, he leads a team of legal and compliance professionals and assures that the Society develops, implements, and maintains its mission, fundraising and strategic research strategies and operations in accordance with all applicable laws governing public charities. In addition, Tim provides strategic legal counsel to the Society’s Board, program and operations leadership, balancing business goals with institutional risk to effectively and efficiently accomplish the Society’s life-saving mission.

Prior to joining the Society Tim spent eight years in private practice in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP. He is a nationally recognized faculty member and lecturer on topics related to nonprofit governance, taxation, risk management and joint ventures, and engages with the community on a variety of volunteer service levels, including his service on the Board of Visitors of the Georgia State University School of Law, the Board of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, and the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Tim also serves the Boards of several veteran service organizations in an advisory capacity and is counsel to the Navy SEAL Foundation. He is a commissioned Eucharistic Minister to the sick and homebound of the Holy Family Parish, Catholic Archdiocese, Atlanta.

Tim has received numerous honors for his community service, including the Corporate Counsel Award for Community Champion. He was also the 2007 recipient of the H. Sol Clark Award, the State Bar of Georgia’s highest honor for pro bono service.

Tim received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 and served the country as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1997. He is a native of Washington, DC and lives in Marietta, Ga. with his wife Lissa and their sons, Jacob and Miles.