Sentinel & Enterprise

Updated: 12/08/2015 09:52:47 AM EST

C. Deborah Phillips on Monday was sworn in to the Fitchburg State University board of trustees. (Charles Sternaimolo)

FITCHBURG–Fitchburg attorney C. Deborah Phillips was sworn in Monday to the Fitchburg State University board of trustees.

Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Phillips to the five-year post and the oath of office was administered by state Rep. Stephen L. DiNatale, the university said in a press release Tuesday.

Phillips, a founding partner of the Fitchburg law firm Nickless, Phillips and O’Connor, has been representing current and former government officials, towns, cities and those doing business with them for over 25 years.

She has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting dedicated documents such as agreements for payment in lieu of taxes, solar and other specialized leases, complex agreements with governmental agencies, and all land use documents. She also represents businesses and consumers in class action litigation, business transactions and civil litigation.

“Deborah Phillips has built an impressive legal career and a legacy of public service,” Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said. “She will be an asset to the university’s board of trustees.”

Phillips completed her bachelor’s degree in history at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and her law degree from New England Law in 1981. A former member of the board of directors of the Fitchburg State University Foundation Inc., Phillips is a longtime supporter of the university. She is a director at Family Federal Savings Bank, and is a trustee of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.