I wish Phil nothing but the best in his new career and I have the deepest respect for him as a wakeboarder. His section in the Truth is my personal favorite wakeboard part and no other section gets me as stoked to ride. He seems to have had a different personality than many of the other pros and it appeared that a lot of people, including so called friends, were a**holes to him about it and then justified it by saying they were "messing with him." (The excuse of a**holes and bullies everywhere.) Despite that though, he seemed to have a great financial head on his shoulders and I imagine that the move was more due to what was best for him and his future than the juvenile crap that others sent his way.
Back in the day, Wakeworld regularly had threads where people talked bad about Phil. The funny thing was that it almost always was stories they heard, whereas people who actually interacted with him always had stories like David Curtis.
Anyway, I have no doubt that Phil will absolutely crush it as an attorney.