Lawyer Philip SasserAttorney
Philip joined Sasser Law Firm in 2008, having focused his attention on bankruptcy law throughout his three years of study at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Even though he had a good idea of what his career course would be, Philip’s decision to become a bankruptcy attorney was also marked by serendipity — in 2005, when he was a first-year law student, Congress passed a sweeping bankruptcy reform law that changed the nature of the practice.
“The law had changed dramatically, and it was an exciting time to be focused on bankruptcy,” he recalls.
Within months of obtaining his law license and beginning his focus on bankruptcy law at Sasser Law Firm, the 2008 financial crisis began to take hold. “I remember driving to work early one morning and hearing on the news that Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy,” he says.
“In law school, it was an idiosyncratic thing to be interested in, but the first few years out of law school, I was right in the thick of a topic of law that was in the news every day.”
His practice encompasses assisting small businesses and individuals with their bankruptcies, and he has continued to be busy. Philip’s work has earned him recognition as a business bankruptcy “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine and designation as a certified specialist in both Consumer and Business Bankruptcy by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization Committee.
The legal victories and the professional plaudits are satisfying, but Philip considers his contact with clients to be the source of his greatest fulfillment.
“I consider it a real privilege and honor to be brought into the confidence of people when they’re going through a difficult time,” he says. “I don’t take that confidence lightly. I’m aware that people are telling me things they might not even tell their extended families about. It’s not being a doctor or a pastor, but it’s similar in some ways. You’re not necessarily seeing people at their worst time, but in some ways, it’s when they’re the most vulnerable.”
“I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, learning where they’re from and what they like to do. And it’s also nice that people usually leave the office happier than when they came in.”
Philip and his wife have five children. He is a musician and deacon at his church.