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District Attorney

Meet the DA

Frank Phillips has served as Orange County District Attorney since January 1, 1986. He oversees an office staff consisting of 42 Assistant District Attorneys, 10 Investigators, and 19 support personnel. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting over 20,000 criminal cases each year.

DA Phillips is a past-president of the New York State District Attorneys Association and has served as a member of the Executive Committee since 1988. He served as a charter member of the Board of Directors of the New York Prosecutors Training Institute. The DA is also a member and past-president of the Orange County Bar Association, and a member of the National District Attorneys Association. He served as a member of Governor Pataki’s Task Force on Domestic Violence Policy, the Orange County Urban Task Force, the Orange County Criminal Justice Task Force, and the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Committee. 

As an active member of the New York State District Attorneys Association Phillips has worked with District Attorneys from throughout the state to seek the passage of crime control legislation. This legislation includes increased penalties for violent crimes, laws providing greater protection to victims of domestic violence, and toughened penalties for drunk drivers.

Phillips holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College, Geneva, New York, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Union University, Albany Law School, Albany, New York. From 1974 through 1981 he served in the Orange County District Attorney's Office holding various job titles. From 1978, until his departure in 1981, he held the title of Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney. Phillips maintained his own private law practice and served as the Village Attorney for both Monroe and Greenwood Lake. He also served as a part-time Assistant County Attorney, for Orange County, from 1982 through 1984.

The District Attorney also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. 

Seen above, District Attorney Phillips, together with Former Rockland County District Attorney Michael E. Bongiorno, and Former Governor George E. Pataki, discusses anti-crime initiatives.