Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this capacity she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. Ms. James is Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for oversight of MGM Resorts’ Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company’s philanthropy programs and Diversity and Community Affairs Department. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. James served with Mayor Dennis W. Archer as Corporation (General) Counsel and Law Director of a department of approximately 100 lawyers for the City of Detroit. She also practiced with the San Francisco-based law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro before her position with the City of Detroit.
Throughout her career she has been active in bar and civic affairs including work with the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Bar Associations of San Francisco and Detroit. In 2010 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.
Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature from Harvard/Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.