University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1995, Cum Laude

University of Minnesota, M.A., 1996

University of Illinois, M.A., 1991

Trinity University, B.A., 1990, Cum Laude
 - Phi Beta Kappa 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota 
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
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Philip R. Schenkenberg
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Phil Schenkenberg is a member of the Telecommunications group, the Privacy, Data Security and Cybersecurity group, and the Trusts and Estates Disputes and Litigation Group. He is the former co-chair of the firm’s Business Litigation section. Phil practices principally in the areas of:

  • Telecommunications litigation
  • Telecommunications regulatory matters
  • Data security and cyber security
  • Trust litigation
  • Banking litigation
  • Business litigation

Phil advises clients on data and cyber security issues. In his role in the Privacy and Data Security practice group, Phil offers a full range of services to help clients prevent, prepare for and minimize the impact of security breaches and cyber attacks. He also advises clients on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European law that imposes objections on many U.S.-based companies.

Phil is also active in the data security industry. He is a member of the InfraGard (Minnesota chapter), a non-profit organization creating a partnership between U.S. businesses and the FBI, focusing on the development, management and protection of infrastructure. Phil also serves on the Cyber Security Summit's board of advisors. At the 2018 Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis, Phil presented with associate Cyrus Malek. Materials from their presentation, "Small & Mid-Size Business Forum," can be found here:

As a member of the Telecommunications practice group, Phil has represented clients before the FCC, more than 20 state public utilities commissions and in federal and state courts.

Phil has handled numerous complex intercarrier compensation disputes in federal and state courts, including disputes regarding traffic pumping, wireless traffic and VOIP traffic.

Phil has represented wireless and landline carriers in interconnection negotiations in more than 30 states, and in multiple interconnection arbitrations conducted in accordance with the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Recently, these arbitrations have included the manner in which parties interconnect using Internet protocol (IP Interconnection).

He has also worked with clients to draft and negotiate IRU and fiber sale contracts, and to resolve disputes arising under such agreements.

In his regulatory practice, Phil has assisted clients in developing regulatory compliance programs, drafted comments for federal and state rulemaking proceedings and worked with clients involved in corporate transactions with other designated entities. He has also drafted and filed comments in federal and state rulemaking proceedings, addressing interconnection, compensation and universal service obligations.

Phil has worked with clients to develop and file comments in FCC and state proceedings addressing regulatory requirements applicable to wireless carriers.

Phil works closely with the firm’s estate planning lawyers when estate planning, administration and trust issues end up in litigation. Phil has represented trustees, conservators and guardians, as well as individuals involved in family disputes.       

Phil’s banking litigation practice is focused on the representation of lenders and the enforcement of creditors’ remedies. Phil has litigated loan participation disputes, handled large commercial foreclosure cases and successfully enforced the terms of loan documents.

Phil has handled a wide variety of general litigation matters and has tried cases in Minnesota state courts, the Minnesota Tax Court, and federal courts in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Louisiana.

While in law school, Phil was an editor of the Minnesota Law Review.


Phil's representative work includes:

  • Assisted a large, consumer-facing company in working through response and remediation issues caused by a cyber attack.
  • Advised an entity subject to Gramm-Leach-Bliley on its contracts with vendors who obtained access to customer information.
  • Advised clients as they evaluated their cyber insurance needs and coverage options.
  • Represented long-distance carrier in federal court regarding access charge compensation claims related to calls to chat lines and conference bridges.
  • Represented wireless companies in federal courts in disputes with local telephone companies regarding compensation for calls between parties' networks in multiple states.
  • Represented wireless carriers in state commission interconnection arbitration proceedings under the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
  • Represented clients in federal district court proceedings regarding lawfulness of state public utilities commission interconnection arbitration orders.
  • Obtained order from federal district court in California sanctioning plaintiff for spoliation of forensic evidence and ordering adverse jury instructions.
  • Obtained a favorable trial verdict on behalf of a trust beneficiary.
  • Represented an individual in a defamation case arising out of a family dispute.
  • Represented banking clients on loan participation disputes.
  • Represented long-distance company in federal court proceedings regarding intercarrier compensation dispute for Voice over Internet Protocol traffic.
  • Advised clients on managing data security and cyber security risks.
  • Provided regulatory due diligence analyses of universal service obligations and compliance in corporate merger and acquisition transactions in numerous states.
  • Represented and successfully defended student loan lenders and servicers in bankruptcy adversary proceedings related to discharge of student loan debt.
  • Represented bank challenging dischargeability of credit card debt in bankruptcy.
  • Represented bank on lien priority challenge asserted by architect.
  • Represented client, pro bono, in obtaining damages for $86,885 due to improper home inspection.
  • Represented clients before the FCC in intercarrier compensation and notice and comment proceedings.
  • Represented clients in state public utility commission proceedings on a variety of regulatory matters in numerous states.
  • Represented clients in state public utility commission proceedings to obtain CLEC certificates of authority.
  • Represented lender in priority dispute with mechanic's lien claimant.
  • Represented long-distance company in state commission complaint proceeding against company not properly certificated by state commission.
  • Represented municipality in eminent domain case; case tried on valuation.
  • Represented municipality in inverse condemnation claim.
  • Represented municipality on assessment appeal based on improvement to property.
  • Represented plaintiff in dispute arising out of letter of intent to sell business.
  • Represented plaintiff in fraud claim arising out of sale of inventory.
  • Represented student loan creditor challenging dischargeability of student loan debt in bankruptcy.
  • Represented taxpayer seeking refund based on sales tax exemption for chemicals used in medical testing.
  • Represented wireless carrier in state commission proceeding regarding telephone companies' dialing parity obligations.
  • Represented wireless carrier in state proceedings to challenge application of SS7 signaling charges.
  • Represented wireless carriers in obtaining eligible telecommunications carrier designation from Federal Communications Commission and various state public utility commissions.
  • Represented wireless company in federal court litigation seeking to enjoin the enforcement of telephone company tariffs.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

InfraGard (Minnesota chapter), Member

Cyber Security Summit, Board of Advisors 

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States

Pro Bono

St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation