Philip (Phil) McNicholas


E-mail: pgm@kesslercollins.comDirect Dial: 214.379.0790Direct Fax: 214.373.4714PDF


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2011)University of Notre Dame, BBA in Finance and Mathematics (2006)

Phil is a civil litigation attorney who focuses his practice on employment, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. Although he currently concentrates on these areas, he gained immeasurable experience in a wide variety of legal matters in the developmental stages of his legal career. He also possesses extensive knowledge of the sports world from his employment with the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Conventions Sports & Leisure (now a subsidiary of Legends).  He serves on the outreach committee for the Sports Lawyers Association and as a board member for the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section.  He is a former president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.


  • Texas Bar 2011
  • United States District Courts (Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas)


Professional Affiliations

  • “Panel Discussion on Legal Issues Faced by NFL-Related Entities” presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section (moderator)
  • “The Law Behind the Star (focusing on the Dallas Cowboys’ new facility in Frisco, Texas)” presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section (moderator)
  • State Bar of Texas:  Business Law, Entertainment and Sports Law, Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Dallas Bar Association: Business Litigation, Entertainment, Art and Sports Law (Vice Chair), Labor and Employment Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association (SLA Outreach Committee Regional Captain - North Texas)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Professional Recognition

State Bar of Texas, Best Series of Substantive Law Articles Award, "The NCAA, Northwestern University and the First Student-Athlete Union," Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (Sep 2014, Vol 39, No. 9)

Professional Affiliations

Echelon DFW member, St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner

  • Represented the prospective owner of a professional sports franchise in the purchase from its prior owner, negotiation of new lease terms for the municipally-owned stadium, and obtaining league approval for the transfer of ownership.
  • Represented the owner of a professional sports franchise in negotiating league bylaw violation penalties with the commissioner’s office.
  • Represented a shopping center owner in litigation against a former tenant; obtained a judgment after a bench trial for all damages claimed and rejecting the tenant’s breach of contract and fraud counterclaims in their entirety.
  • Represented a consulting company in federal court and obtained an early order of dismissal against a former client’s claim for contribution and reimbursement of allegedly fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented a financial services company in a FINRA arbitration proceeding against a former employee who failed to repay obligations under a promissory note; obtained a final award for the full amount claimed.