Phil Horton

Partner Profile: Phil Horton

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Phil Horton, DC Bar Foundation’s newest member of its Board of Directors.

Name
Phil Horton

Job/Position
Retired partner/retired chair pro bono committee

Organization
Arnold & Porter

Years on the Job
Been at A&P for over 33 years. Still there doing pro bono in retirement.

Where did you grow up?
up and down the east coast — started in the south, went to mid-Atlantic, then New England

What brought you to DC?
My dream since I was a boy was to live and work in DC due to my interest in public affairs

INTERESTING FACTS

Daily Habit
Gotta see the op-ed page

Favorite app
At 61, I wouldn’t know an app if one bit me!

Favorite Movie
Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest

Favorite Restaurant
Tia Queta (in Bethesda)

Favorite Vacation Spot
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Guilty Pleasure
My own homemade ice cream

One Item from your Bucket List
Go to a baseball game in every big league ballpark

Hobbies
Guitar

Hero
Bobby Kennedy

Your News Source
Newspapers – rarely watch TV

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is…
Change in my pocket, even though it’s obsolete

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint?
The Bill of Rights

CAREER PATH

Most rewarding element of your work
Building pro bono/public interest institutions

Biggest failure and what you learned
Four lost death penalty cases. Win by losing.

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be…
Folk singer

LEGAL AID

Legal aid is important to me because . . .
Injustice infuriates me.

My dream for the legal system is…
Abolition of the death penalty

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is….
Access to housing.

 

 

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