Noah Phillips, former DA candidate, to form law firm with attorney Kevin Hughey

By: Scott Rodd

After an unsuccessful bid for Sacramento County District Attorney earlier this year, Noah Phillips is turning to private practice.

Phillips will be forming a new firm with Sacramento-based attorney Kevin Hughey, the Business Journal confirmed with
both attorneys. Phillips previously served in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for over 20 years as a senior criminal prosecutor and supervisor of major felony divisions. He
challenged incumbent District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in the June primary election.
Following his defeat, Phillips said he looks forward to practicing white-collar criminal defense and focusing on criminal justice reform in private practice.

“When the government has decided that you are guilty of something, you need an effective advocate who understands the system and can work on your behalf to ensure the government has all the facts they need to make the right decision about your case,” Phillips said.

Hughey said he’s winding down his existing firm, Hughey Law Group APC, and is finalizing plans to
launch the new firm, Hughey Phillips LLP. In his bid for Sacramento County DA, Phillips ran on a progressive platform of criminal justice reform, which included a call for abolishing cash bail and a more aggressive approach to police accountability. Phillips earned support from progressive political groups including the George Sorosbacked
California Justice & Public Safety PAC, which contributed nearly $400,000 to Phillips’ campaign. Phillips also earned endorsements from the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento County, Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO and Democracy for America.The race between Phillips and Schubert grew contentious in the home stretch leading up to election day on June 5. Phillips called his opponent “compromised and corrupt,” and criticized Schubert for her
handling of police-involved shootings.

In an ad campaign, Schubert called Phillips “unethical” and “dangerous,” claiming he cut a “secret deal” with a first-degree murder suspect in his role as a Sacramento County prosecutor. Phillips has denied those claims, though Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Curtis Fiorini criticized Phillips’ conduct in a July order granting a new trial in the case. Following his defeat in June, Phillips said he began considering a move to private practice. He told the Business Journal he decided to partner with Hughey, a former classmate at McGeorge School of Law,
out of admiration for Hughey’s abilities as an attorney and their shared interest in criminal justice reform.

“He’s an exceptional lawyer with an exceptional character,” Phillips said.

Source: Sacramento Business Journal