Arthur T. Phillips

Special Counsel


Arthur T. Phillips is a business lawyer and special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. Arthur advises clients with the design and implementation of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans. He is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice.

Arthur assists employers with employee benefit plan communication, service provider agreements and fiduciary risk management. During merger and acquisition transactions, he counsels clients through due diligence, plan mergers, plan terminations and post-transaction planning and implementation.

Arthur's practice also includes the development and execution of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) plan correction and compliance strategies.

Arthur joined Foley after nearly five years as shareholder on the employee benefits team of a large Wisconsin law firm. For ten years, he served as senior associate general counsel for a major university and general counsel for one of the country’s largest quick-service franchise companies.

Arthur began his career as a tax consultant at “Big 4” accounting firms – Ernst & Young and later, Deloitte.


Arthur received his J.D. from Marquette University (1990). He served as staff editor of the Marquette University Law Review. Arthur completed his B.B.A. in accountancy at the University of Notre Dame (1987).

Community Engagement

In the community, Arthur contributes his time to the Dominican High School (current member of the Board of Directors) and Legacy Redevelopment Corporation (former chair).

Arthur's former community service board memberships include Marquette University Law School Alumni Association (former president), Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, Clement Manor Senior Living, Foundation for Saint Francis Hospital (former chair), Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Friends of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, African-American Chamber of Commerce, Gesu Parish Administrative Services (former chair), Saint Monica Parish School Marquette University Club of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Bar Association.

Affiliations and Professional Memberships

Arthur has served on the State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Outreach Committee and the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors.

Publications and Presentations

Arthur often writes and presents on the subjects of employee benefit and executive compensation, human resources, employment regulatory and tax matters.


Arthur is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


SECURE Act – Major Retirement Plan Changes May Come Soon
03 June 2019
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
In a Growth State of Mind – Consider Retirement Plan Mandates When Expanding Operations to New States
03 June 2019
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Looking at an Expanding Landscape: Multiemployer Plan Withdrawal Liability
25 June 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Tax Reform and Employee Benefits – What You Need to Know Now
08 January 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives