In her new assignment, Phillips will be responsible for legal operations, legal technology and coordinating the representation of Toyota's affiliates in North America.
Phillips joined Toyota's legal team at a time when the company was bombard with class action suits for alleged sudden acceleration suits. According to one of our internal resources, her background is in class-action suits, product liability and government investigations.
This new promotion goes into effect on April 1. She is expected to be right at home when the corporate office relocates to the suburbs of Dallas. Phillips earned a undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. And she worked at a law firm in Houston, before accepting her first assignment at Toyota Motors Sales USA current headquarters in California.