The Right Time, the Right Culture for Philip Dunlap

Philip Dunlap Family

“From the beginning, BoyarMiller seemed like a place that aligned with the way I practice law. I researched the firm, contacted Steve Kesten of our business group, and we had a good conversation. A few days later I met with the shareholders and others here, and then joined the firm two weeks later. The culture at BoyarMiller is a perfect fit with my own principles and I haven’t looked back since then.”

– Philip Dunlap, Shareholder, Business Group

When Philip Dunlap and his wife Emily decided to relocate with their firstborn to Houston from Dallas six years ago, they wanted to be certain the right career move accompanied their quest to be closer to Emily’s family. So Philip started researching Houston law firms that corresponded with his focus on corporate and private equity matters.

“From the beginning, BoyarMiller seemed like a place that aligned with the way I practice law,” said Philip, who is now a shareholder at the firm. “I researched the firm, contacted Steve Kesten of our business group, and we had a good conversation. A few days later I met with the shareholders and others here, and then joined the firm two weeks later. The culture at BoyarMiller is a perfect fit with my own principles and I haven’t looked back since then.”

Philip was intrigued with the profession of law at a young age because it seemed challenging and noble to be able to help people attain their goals. He witnessed firsthand the assistance an estate planning attorney rendered his mother at a difficult time for their family.

“I was inspired by the counsel and wisdom of the estate planning attorney, but as a business and finance major at Baylor, I wanted to merge my interest in business with the practice of law,” said Philip. “That prompted my decision to attend SMU Dedman School of Law and to focus on corporate and private securities transactions.”

Philip enjoys building relationships with clients, getting to know them, and helping advance their business goals. His philosophy reflects that commitment. “When you connect with people on a personal level, your friends can become your clients, and your clients become your friends.”

The Dunlaps have one son and two daughters—ages seven, five and two—who keep them busy. Philip calls their son a “sports nut” and coaches his baseball, soccer and basketball teams. When not on a court or ball field, he can be found playing outside with his daughters or riding bikes with the family. The love of sports runs in the family and in the fall they spend weekends in Waco to attend the Baylor Bears home games and to visit Philip’s mother.

Philip’s devotion to family and clients extends to his volunteer leadership at Cornerstone Family Ministries, a multi-cultural, faith-based, non-profit organization serving low-income apartment communities in the Spring Branch area. He has served as chairman of the board for two years and drives the organization’s mission of helping children and teens break the cycle of poverty through education and bible studies.

This summer, the Dunlaps are looking forward to a beach vacation in Florida with three other families. “We’ll have a group of 10 children together, so I’m certain there will be plenty of activity to keep everyone busy, especially the adults who will be chasing after them.”