Honors & Awards
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2023 (Estate and Probate Law)
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, 2018, JD
- Magna cum laude
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Seminar: Entrepreneurial Law and Practice, 2018
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Employment Law, 2017
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Mergers & Acquisitions, 2017
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Torts II, 2016
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, 2015, BA
- Summa cum laude
- Honors College Graduate
- Ogden Foundation Scholar Nominee for Top Overall Student at WKU
For Phillip Pearson, empathy is the name of the game. He understands that the area of estate planning and administration can bring some tough conversations, difficult decisions, and uncomfortable feelings. To help his clients achieve their goals, he prioritizes listening to better understand each individual client’s situation. Whereas many people tend to think of all legal matters as being adversarial or contentious, Phillip sees estate planning as a collaborative process in which he and his clients are working towards a common goal. Planning and securing legacies is his way of helping others. It’s all a matter of listening carefully to put together all the nuanced details of the big picture so he can help his clients secure their legacies and navigate the process of planning or administering an estate.
In his practice, Phillip assists clients from the beginning to the end of the estate planning process, and anywhere in between. This includes working with clients to develop their overall estate plan, drafting Last Wills and Testaments, drafting Trusts of various nature, drafting ancillary documents like Powers of Attorney, helping clients with their tax preparation for gift tax returns, helping clients change beneficiary designations, and more. He also assists clients with estate administration, including the opening, handling, and closing of the probate estate of a loved one. No matter the matter at hand, Phillip provides his clients with attention, support, responsive communication, and an adaptable approach to estate planning. In addition to his estate planning practice, Phillip practices in the areas of tax planning and corporate law.
Outside of his time in the office, Phillip serves as a member of the Board of the Friends of the Louisville Zoo. In this role, he helps to fundraise for capital projects through events such as ZooFari and Brew at the Zoo. Since childhood, Phillip has loved visiting his local zoo, and has translated that love into a passion for serving the Louisville Zoo. For him, zoos represent another way of securing a legacy—by promoting education about our planet’s ecosystems and supporting conservation and preservation efforts that secure the safety of those ecosystems in the future.
Phillip lives in Louisville with his wife, Katie, and dog, Val.
Additional Practice Experience
Friends of the Louisville Zoo Board Member
News & Insights
- December 29, 2022
- Phillip Pearson to Present "Secure Act 2.0: Ways the Proposed Law Could Change Retirement Savings" to Louisville Bar Association Estate Planning ConferenceMay 25, 2022
- Phillip Pearson to Present "Planning for Retirement in Light of the Secure Act and Recently Proposed Regulations" to NAIFA-KentuckyApril 28, 2022
- November 5, 2021
- Put Portability in Your Plan – Changing Gift Tax Exemption Regulations for Spouses September 12, 2022
- Give Now, Save Later – Capturing Current Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions August 29, 2022
- Revocable Trusts—Are They Right for You? July 7, 2022
- Divorced? It’s Time to Update Your Estate Plan May 11, 2022
- Estate Planning Taxes: No Change…for Now March 14, 2022
- When Virtual is Valuable: Planning for Your Digital Assets January 28, 2022