Following Harvard Law School, he worked at the Legal Aid Society in Chicago and taught at the University of Chicago. He relocated to Seattle in 1970 to run the felony division of the public defender’s office before moving into private practice. Always a champion of civil rights, he was involved professionally and avocationally in a wide variety of organizations and institutions serving marginalized people, minorities, civil-rights activists, and others of need. As his obituary stated, “He was a shining example of engaged citizenship for his family and community.”
Phil is survived by his sister, Judith; daughters Alicia, Gina, and Clare Megathlin; son Raphael; and their families, which include five grandchildren. Longtime friends Wick Dufford, Chad Quaintance, and Gil Omenn attended his memorial service.