About Coffey Trial Law

Dennis Phillips

avvo-coffey-trial-lawDennis Phillips, Esq. is of counsel to Coffey Trial Law, and runs the Personal Injury pre-litigation department for the firm, representing individuals, and their families, who have been injured by the carelessness of others.

Dennis has a background in financial and estate planning, as well, but he has a special connection with injury victims. Dennis was recruited to play football at the US Naval Academy, but a low back injury ended his naval career in his first year of active duty. So Dennis personally knows what it feels like to have an injury keep you up at night and wake you up in the morning. He knows the desperation an injury victim feels when the pain just won’t go away. And he knows how the stigma of being injured can affect how others perceive the victim, and how that affects his/her social and business relationships.

Most Personal Injury cases tend to settle before it is even necessary to file suit. That is why Coffey Trial Law has a separate department to handle pre-suit cases. Dennis Phillips is assisted by his wife, Claudia, who is a former insurance adjuster with 20 years of paralegal experience. Our clients can count on meeting personally with Dennis or Claudia in our offices or anywhere that is convenient, including our clients’ homes or doctors’ offices. We liaise with our clients’ treaters, their health insurers, their auto insurers, their employers, and the defendants’ liability insurers to piece together each client’s unique puzzle that is their injury case.

Dennis Phillips also handles Homeowner Claims for Coffey Trial Law. Typical HO claims consist of leak/mold damage, fire/smoke damage, and windstorm/hurricane damage. However, many homeowners are unaware that HO insurance can also cover claims for theft and vandalism.

Dennis has joined Mensa, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers / FJA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America / AAJ, Broward County Justice Association, Palm Beach County Justice Association, American Bar Association, Broward County Bar Association, Florida Cemetery Cremation & Funeral Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and holds Series 7, 63, & 65 licenses as well as a life, health, and variable annuity license. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Practice Areas

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Airplane Accidents
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death


  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida


  • US Naval Academy Prep School, 1985-86

  • BA Russian, 1991, James Madison University

  • Semester Abroad, Fall 1989, Moscow Aviation Institute

  • JD, Dec 1998, Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University

Coffey Trial Law's Focus

Our Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Law Firm focuses on personal injury and wrongful death, auto accidents, trucking accidents, catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injury, brain injury, defective products, premises liability, and defective drugs throughout the United States and Florida including: Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Plantation, Margate, Weston, Hollywood, North Miami Beach, South Miami, Coral Gables, and Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

Florida Justice Association
American Association for Justice
Super Lawyers
Peer Reviewed
Broward County Justice Association