William Phillips, a Rogersville attorney, was sworn in Tuesday morning as the new Circuit Court Judge for the Third Judicial District, replacing Judge Thomas Wright, who retired in September.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the appointment of Phillips on Friday and the new judge was sworn in at the old courthouse in Rogersville.
“It is an honor to be appointed Circuit Court Judge by Governor Bill Lee, after a lengthy and thorough vetting process,” Phillips said. “The 3rd Judicial District has a legacy of exceptional judges. Judge Wright exemplified what it meant to be a fair and just judge.”
Phillips also thanked the governor for the trust he had in him.
“I am humbled to fulfill his term and am dedicated to serving all citizens in the 3rd Judicial District,” Phillips said. “I want to thank Governor Lee for the confidence he has placed in me. I look forward to serving as Circuit Court Judge and kicking off my campaign to retain the position.”
Phillip will now serve the Third Judicial District, which includes Hamblen, Greene, Hancock and Hawkins counties. Wright announced his retirement over the summer after serving in the position since 2006. Wright has since been appointed as a senior judge for Tennessee, a position with a four-year term.
Phillips has practiced in Rogersville for almost 19 years and was at the firm of Phillips & Hale. The law firm was first started by his great grandfather and great uncle.
He first started practicing law in 2002 and his experience has mostly been in general criminal law and civil litigation.
Phillips has practiced extensively in Circuit Court, Chancery Court, Sessions Cout, Juvenile Court, the Court of Appeals and federal court.
He currently serves as City Attorney for Church Hill and Rogersville.
He lives in Rogersville with his wife, Erika, who works as director of coordinated school health with Hawkins County Schools, and their two sons, Will, 12, and Mac, 10.