John S. Phillipp

Attorney John PhillippOf Counsel

John Stephen Phillipp, JD/MPA, is a native Hoosier, originally from Fort Wayne, who graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in History, with minors in Biology and Political Science. He subsequently received his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington and a Master of Professional Accountancy from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2006.

John Phillipp then joined the Indiana Office of the Attorney General, where he served as the State’s primary estate recovery Deputy Attorney General for many years. In this capacity, John was involved in significant civil, probate, and appellate litigation on behalf of all State agencies, with a focus on Medicaid estate recovery. John also served as a reserve officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) of the Indiana Army National Guard, where he honed his legal skills advising commanders on legal issues and drafting wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, as well as providing basic estate planning advice, to hundreds of deploying soldiers.

John Phillipp is now of counsel at Hess Hess & Donnelson LLP, where he primarily practices in the areas of estate and Medicaid planning, probate litigation, estate recovery, and estate and trust administration. He is also a Veteran’s Administration (VA) accredited attorney who utilizes both his military and civilian training and experience to better serve clients seeking VA, Medicaid, and Social Security Disability benefits.

John Phillipp is an active member on the Probate Review Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association (Probate, Trust & Real Property Section), where he helps to draft and develop new probate, trust, and creditors’ rights legislation. John is admitted to the Indiana State Bar, the Illinois State Bar (Inactive), and also the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Sigma Pi Fraternity International, and Phi Beta Kappa.