John Hendley Fellow
Associate Teaching Professor of Law and Ethics
Wake Forest University School of Business
Matthew Phillips teaches courses in business law and ethics across the Business School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. He leverages a passion for innovative teaching and experience as a tax and estate planning lawyer to engage students with the practical intersections of law and business, but also emphasizes the underlying principles that will shape managers’ interaction with law and ethical decision-making throughout their careers. Matthew serves as director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, which focuses on the connections of business and capitalism to a humane and just society.
Matthew received undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, where he focused on the intersections of law and religion in American history. He has done additional academic work, concentrating on leadership and ethics, at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University. He is admitted to practice law before state and federal courts of North Carolina, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.
Matthew is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and its Ethics Section, the North Carolina Bar Association and its Business and Estate Planning sections. As an instrument-rated private pilot, Matthew enjoys flying single-engine planes, and he is a pilot and legal officer in the Civil Air Patrol (the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary).