Phil Cha is a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP. He serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Energy industry group and is a member of the firm’s governing partners’ board. He litigates complex environmental, commercial and mass tort matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Phil has litigated dozens of high-exposure and high-profile cases regarding environmental contamination, business and contract disputes, defective products, and mass/toxic torts. The majority of Phil’s cases have involved amounts in the millions of dollars. Many have been class actions, multidistrict litigations or government enforcement actions involving amounts in controversy in the hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.
In addition to his litigation practice, Phil advises clients on regulatory compliance, government investigations, management of environmental liabilities, remediation of contaminated sites, and the sale and development of contaminated properties.
Phil has received numerous accolades by clients, peers and legal publications for his legal abilities, professionalism and accomplishments. Law360 named him a “Rainmaker” and a “Minority Power Broker” in back-to-back years. The New Jersey State Bar Association named Phil a “Professional Lawyer of the Year” for consistently demonstrating high character, legal competence and exemplary professional behavior. He has an AV Preeminent Peer Rating and a Client Champion Gold Rating on Martindale-Hubbell.
Outside the practice of law, Phil has volunteered with various non-profit organizations such as the Law School Admission Council’s Discover Law Program, the American Red Cross, and pro bono clinics.
Phil is a 1999 graduate of Rutgers Law School and a 1995 graduate of Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences.