Phillip was raised by his mother, Wilma Brown, after her divorce from his father in 1992. The U.S. Army discharged his dad from service around the same time due in large part to his drug addiction. Phillip's mother married his stepdad, David Brown, in 2001. 

After graduating from high school in 2003, Phillip attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Sociology. While in college, he became active in several student-led organizations and activities, eventually interning for Equality Maryland, which is now known as Freestate Justice.

He attended law school at the University of Maryland School of Law's evening program while working full-time at Community Law in Action (CLIA). He managed CLIA's mentoring and internship programs and spearheaded the organization's workforce development initiatives.

After graduating from law school, he landed his first legal job at St. Ambrose Housing Center, helping Baltimore City families facing mortgage and tax sale foreclosure.

Currently, he provides legal assistance to city residents in the areas of landlord and tenant law, debt collection, and criminal expungement.

He married his husband, Mike DeStefano, in 2015.

In his free time, he volunteers with Freestate Justice, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Pro Bono Resource Center, and is a board member of the Pratt Contemporaries.

He is continuing the fight for economic equality by running for City Council in Baltimore's 12th District. 

Feel free to reach out to him at or call him directly at 443-599-3992.