Charlie Philips grew up 45 miles east of McKinney. He worked his way through the University of Texas at Arlington earning his Bachelor and Master’s degree in architecture before attending law school at St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas. Charlie met his bride in Roswell, New Mexico while working as a law clerk in 1991.
He mastered the bar exam the following year and accepted a position with Warren Burnett’s law firm in Odessa, Texas. In early 1994 he was recruited by a law firm in Corpus Christi, Texas. While residing in Corpus he researched the State’s demographics and the State Bar of Texas’ demographics knowing that soon he would begin his own practice.
Shortly into the stint with the firm in Corpus, Charlie declared, “I will sell my services but not my integrity.” The ethical highroad accelerated his plan to begin his own practice in March 1994. Charlie selected McKinney out of the entire State of Texas to begin his new life and practice because McKinney was the small-town county seat of greater Collin County. Since then, he and his wife have raised two children in McKinney providing a lifestyle neither he nor his wife knew as children. Words cannot express the overwhelming acceptance they have received and continue to receive from the people of McKinney. Councilman Philips remains committed to giving back to the community that has given so much to his family.
Charlie has served in many volunteer capacities within the city and surrounding area and has been celebrated via numerous honors and recognitions in the field of law, professional ethics, volunteer work, and faith. Charlie was elected to represent the people of McKinney as City Councilman At Large in 2016 proudly declaring, “It is my goal to pay back the city that has done so much for me; to make McKinney better than I found it; better for others who choose to live here; the type of City where children leave, go off to college, and return home to raise their children. It is also my hope that those generations will have an even better life than the one I have lived in McKinney – one can only accomplish these things with God’s blessings and a lot of help from a lot of good people” (Philips, 2021).
McKinney has been blessed to have a wealth of extremely talented people who are willing to give of themselves for the good of the community; fortunately, we all benefit from that spirit of community and generosity. Being and building good neighbors describes the heartbeat of McKinney. It is what makes McKinney the most desirable place in the nation and the world to live, work, and play. Councilman Philips is honored and blessed to represent the people of McKinney since 2017, and he embraces this opportunity to continue to serve the City Council and Mayor Fuller, the hardest working Mayor in history, in continuing to make McKinney the greatest place to live, work and play, and call home. Your confidence and support are sincerely appreciated!
Thank you McKinney.