Philippe Phaneuf

General Counsel, Principal

Philippe is Gensler’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He is responsible for Gensler’s legal, compliance, and risk management strategies. In his role as Corporate Secretary, Philippe provides guidance to the firm’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Gensler, he was a partner at Dechert, where he served as strategic and transactional counsel for clients including Capital One, Abercrombie & Kent, and Fortress Investment Group. Philippe graduated from Harvard College and attended Berkeley Law and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. Early in his career, he was recognized by The Recorder in its inaugural list of “50 California Lawyers on the Fast Track,” and he has been listed by Chambers & Partners’ in its US Guide to the best lawyers in America. In addition to serving as a past board member of Equality California, Philippe has participated in numerous pro bono initiatives, most notably as one of the authors of a brief to the California Supreme Court arguing against Proposition 8 on behalf of Google, Levi Strauss & Co., H5 and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.


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