Dennis Phillips

Dennis J. Phillips is resident of Glens Falls, New York, where he has been engaged in the private practice of law for over 30 years.  As an attorney, he represents private property owners  before state and local administrative agencies, including the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental  Conservation, and he works  in both the trial and  appellate courts on behalf of landowners.

Dennis also has served as General Counsel to the Empire State Forest Products Association, Inc., since 1982, and is a Charter Director and Founder of the New York Forestry Foundation.

His areas of legal concentration include timberland acquisitions and divestitures, real property tax assessment litigation, land use planning and zoning, including litigation, corporate law and closely held corporations, trusts and estates, environmental law and private property rights.

Dennis is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, B.A., 1967; Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1972; New York University School of Law, L.L.M., 1974; and is a Charter Life Underwriter, The American College, 1986 and Chartered Financial Consultant, The American College, 1988.

He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including:

Adirondack Landowners Association, co-sponsored by The Adirondack Council and The Nature Conservancy,  “Managing the Challenge of Escalating Real Property Taxes,” Saratoga Springs, New York, October 15, 2004

Hamilton College, Adirondack Seminar, 2004-2010, Camp Wenonah, Upper Saranac Lake, New York, “ Topics on Private Property Rights”

The Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., First Annual New York State Conference on Private Property Rights, Albany, New York, October 14, 1995, “The Adirondacks — 20 Years under a Unique State Commission”

U.S. Information Agency, Minnowbrook Conference Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, July 5, 1995, “A Constitutional Framework in which to consider Sustainable Development in the U.S.”

Empire State Forest Products Association, Inc., Syracuse, New York, November 5, 1992, “Lucas:  A Wake-up Call and a Change of Momentum”

Society of American Foresters, New York/Northeast, Paul Smiths College, Paul Smiths, New York, August 3, 1992, “Legal Implications of Regional Planning and Forestry”

Adirondack Fairness Coalition, Silver Bay Conference Center, Silver Bay, New York, September 21, 1991, “Conservation Easements”.

Dennis is a founding Board Member of the Foundation for Land and Liberty.

“Private property ownership is a product of the Enlightenment and a better philosophy than the “Divine Right of Kings.” In modern society, we  have to have  faith in individual stewardship and invention,  trust the private sector, and  protect against government asserting a new form of divine right.”