Phil is 55 years old and was born and raised in Kansas City, where he attended North Kansas City High School. He then attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and earned a double major in business and communications.
He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School in 1990. Phil is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Kansas. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th and 10th Circuit. Since becoming licensed to practice law, Phil has tried numerous jury trials in various jurisdictions throughout Missouri and Kansas.
In his over 30 years of practice, Phil has worked primarily on cases involving vehicular accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and claims involving dangerous premises and dangerous products. His recognition by his peers in the legal community with a Martindale-Hubble rating of “A/V”, which is the highest given, sets him at the top of his profession in both legal ability and professional integrity.
Phil is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Kansas Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.
One of Phil’s passions has been representing children involved in various accident claims. He is also active in the community regarding children’s issues. Phil was a member of the North Kansas City School District Board of Education from 1995 to 2011 and has volunteered his time and served on Boards of various not-for-profit charity organizations. In 2006, he received the President’s Award of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation for his work with elementary-age children in an anti-bullying program. Phil is also a deacon at the Nashua Church of Christ where he teaches youth bible study groups.
Most importantly, Phil has a family. He has been married to his wife Kristen for over 30 years and they have three adult children who live in the Kansas City area. When not practicing law or volunteering his time in the community, you will find Phil golfing, hunting, and enjoying time with his family.
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court District of Kansas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
J.D. – 1990
William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri
B.A. – 1987
Major: Business & Communications
Professional Associations and Memberships - AV Peer-Reviewed
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Kansas Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar
Missouri Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association