Philip J. Gibbons, Jr.

Of Counsel - Charlotte Office

14045 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 325
Charlotte, NC 28277
P: (704) 612-0038

 Philip J. Gibbons, Jr., is a highly-accomplished Plaintiff’s class action attorney.

Phil focuses entirely on employment law, with an emphasis on helping employees recover unpaid wages including overtime. Phil began his legal career with a large national law firm, representing and counseling corporations and employers. Since 2001, Phil has exclusively represented employees. Phil is known for using creative and aggressive litigation strategies to successfully represent his clients.

Phil lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and youngest daughter. Phil’s oldest daughter is a graduate student at the University of Chicago and his son is a college student at Indiana University. His youngest daughter attends high school in Charlotte, N.C. In his spare time, you can find Phil wake surfing, mountain biking or four-wheeling in his Jeep.

Phil knows what it is like to be both a fighter and a survivor. In March 2010, Phil was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the blood. Phil battled through multiple biopsies, surgery, and six months of chemotherapy. Today, the cancer is in remission and Phil is happy and grateful to be a cancer survivor. Phil is also an active supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which raises money to provide patient support services, research and advocacy for leukemia and lymphoma patients.

Phil is recognized by his peers as a highly skilled employment lawyer. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He has a perfect 10.0 rating on  and an “A/V” rating with Martindale Hubble, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. As a result, numerous defense attorneys refer their family and friends to Phil when employment issues arise.

Phil has extensive experience litigating single and multi-plaintiff wage and hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act, recovering unpaid overtime and minimum wages for thousands of employees throughout the United States. On a very selective basis, Phil also represents employees who have been subject to workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment and FMLA violations.

Professional and
Community Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • National Employment Lawyers Association

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Sponsor

  • American Association for Justice

  • North Carolina Bar Association


Indiana University, J.D., 1996

University of Notre Dame, B.A.,1989

Admitted to Practice:
North Carolina, 2016
Indiana, 1996
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts Western District North Carolina, Middle District North Carolina, Southern District of Indiana, Northern District of Indiana, Eastern District of Michigan

What Our Clients Are Saying

The law firm, Stephan Zouras, handled a matter for me that was very problematic - I cannot be too specific because of the nondisclosure agreement, but suffice it to say that they came through for me FAR beyond my expectations - TWICE, in TWO separate cases. I will DEFINITELY use them in the future if I ever have any similar cases against unfair employers. Anyone that thinks attorneys are not accessible needs to hire this firm. Every staff member (Kerry, Ryan, many others) was polite, and professional, understanding, kind, and sympathetic. Thanks again, to all of you on my settlement!

Don D.

Jim Zouras is a dedicated and caring professional who fights for the rights of ordinary people. Throughout what could have been a difficult process, I always felt Jim “had my back” and was looking out for my best interests.

Stephanie L.

Ryan represented me and my co-workers as part of a large class-action lawsuit against our former employer for multiple violations of labor law. I did not choose him myself, but am so glad somebody found him because he is one of the best attorneys I've ever met. He is dedicated and driven by a sense of moral justice which is increasingly uncommon in any industry today. When working with me, he was incredibly professional combining a sense of empowerment and ferocity in his approach. He is sensitive to his clients' needs and is able to craft a deadly offense while maintaining only the position that his client(s) desire. He ensures that his clients get a stellar advocate in court who will serve as their voice. He won our case resulting in recompense for hard-working people who were unfairly denied pay for work they performed for their company across the course of several years. If you are looking for an OUTSTANDING attorney, Ryan Stephan is your guy.


I worked with Andy Ficzko, an associate of Stephan Zouras. I cannot thank the team, especially Andy, enough for helping me to settle a dispute that I had for a few years. I didn't know where to go and am so thankful that I was directed to use this group. Andy worked hard and was persistent in getting a settlement for me. He always kept me in the loop, did what was in my best interest and never gave up. After years in this dispute, it only took a few short months for Andy to help me walk away with a win. He worked hard to help me and I am so appreciative to him! This is the best group around! Thank you and here's to continued success!!

Jennifer S.

Stephan Zouras law firm is one of the best. My personal experience with Teresa and the firm was phenomenal. Teresa always kept me informed and genuinely showed she cared. I would recommend this firm and Teresa to anyone looking for honest people that will fight for you and go the extra mile.


I worked with Jim Zouras and it was a pleasure. He told us what to expect and what NOT to expect, and that is exactly how things happened. He talked to me like I had a brain but was not a lawyer and I appreciated that. Hope I never need him again but would hire him again in a second.

April W.

I was always kept in the loop with my suit, and their persistence has paid off in the long run. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking to do a class action lawsuit. Ryan and the staff at Stephan Zouras are the best!

Liz F.

I was a part of a class action suit which Teresa Becvar handled. Numerous times I had questions and Teresa always returned my phone calls or emails quickly. She was courteous and knowledgeable and encouraging. I am feeling so blessed with the outcome of our lawsuit and I appreciate everything STEPHAN ZOURAS LLP, ATTORNEYS AT LAW DID FOR ME.


If you need a hard-working, detailed, compassionate and cooperative class action attorney, this is your guy [Andy Ficzko]! He keeps in constant contact so you are always in the loop. No question goes unanswered and he makes you feel valued. Unlike some lawyers, he is not pretentious, but very professional and thorough. He handled my case seamlessly and it only required one visit to his office. From beginning to end, my case was completed in about 11 months. I am very happy with the outcome of my case!


Ryan worked me while I was part of class action against a former employer who was in violation of various labor laws. He was very pleasant to work with. My overall experience with the firm was very positive and I highly recommend him and his team.


Jim Zouras and the legal team at Stephan Zouras did a thorough and outstanding job recovering overtime wages against a former employer. The case was handled as a class action, and Jim and his staff were complete professionals in promptly responding to calls, emails, answering questions, and keeping all of us informed throughout the process. They are dedicated to their work and exceeded our expectations. I would gladly recommend their services to anyone having issues with their employer.


A great firm to deal with - very personable. Kept up to date on the case and always gave me options. Ryan, his staff and the receptionist were all very nice and helpful at all times. Very satisfied with the results of the case. If you ever need an attorney he will be there for you and walk you through it.


I worked with Jim Zouras as well as Teresa Becvar in a class action and won with a settlement that benefited a large group of fellow former employees. Communication was always very good and they were always helpful in answering any questions as well as preparing me for what was coming and what to expect.


This review is long overdue but my sentiments are still as overwhelmingly positive and strong for the firm-especially Ryan, Haley and Emily many months later. From day one Ryan made me feel like my case was his most important case, that I was not who was wrong, and that more than anything they were on my side. Their firm and the way they listen and make you feel is why I imagine one would go into practicing law. During my deposition the court reporter even commented how nice Ryan was- there is no need to be a jerk to get what you want. I'm not saying I would do this again but if Ryan and Haley were on my team I would not hesitate. In the end it was not like TV but Ryan is a true Hollywood hero in my world! And Haley a virtual rising star. I am forever grateful for them and helping me close an ugly chapter in my life.

Roxann P.

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