John R. Phillips: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

John R. Phillips

Senior Counsel
Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asia
  • Hospitals & Health Systems
  • International
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Management Relations
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8119
Fax: 816.983.8080
University University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S., cum laude, 1968
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City, Oxford Summer Law Program, 1988; University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1971 Order of the Coif; Honorary Barrister; Missouri Law Review, Editor-in-Chief; University of Missouri - Kansas City, Peking University Law School Summer Program, 2000
Admitted1971, Missouri; 1971, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1974, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships
•AAA Complex Commercial and Employment Law Arbitration/Mediation Panels, 1990-present
•American Bar Association, Asia-Pacific Mediation Leadership Conference, co-chair, Hong Kong, 2013
•American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, 2000-present; chair, 2012-2013
•CPR/CCPIT U.S.-China Mediation Panel, 2006-present
•CPR National Panel of Neutrals, 2000-present
•Cy Pres Committee on Funding for Missouri Legal Services Programs, 1998-present
•Dalkon Shield Arbitration Panel, 1992-2004
•Global Kansas City Commission, 2006-2010
•International Relations Council, Board of Directors, 2002-2010
•Kansas City Chinese American Association, 2009-present
•Kansas City Labor-Management Council, Executive Board, 1996-present
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor Law Committee, 1980-present; Managing Partners Committee, chair, 1998-2002; ADR Committee, chair, 2002
•Merrill Lynch Sex Discrimination Claim Resolution Process, 2004-2007
•Missouri 16th Judicial Circuit Case Management Committee, 2004-2009
•The Missouri Bar, Labor and Employment Committee; Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1986-present
•Missouri Supreme Court Automation Committee, 1998-2002
•Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2008-present
•National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, charter member, 2010-present; Missouri Chapter, charter member, 2012
•Quintiles Institutional Review Board, 1990-2009
•Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Panel of Arbitrators, 2012-2015
•Society for Human Resource Management, State Council Legislative Affairs director, 1990-present
•University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business, Human Resources Advisory Council, 1996-2011
•U.S. District Court Early Assessment Program, Mediation and Arbitration Panels, 1992-present
•U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Civil Justice Advisory Committee, 1992-1994


As a labor and employment attorney within Husch Blackwell's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals group, John counsels hospitals and health systems, boards of directors, general counsels and chief executive officers (CEOs), as well as human resource executives, on employment matters and traditional labor relations. In addition, John has recently devoted a large portion of his practice to serving as neutral mediator or arbitrator in complex healthcare matters, as well as commercial, securities, product liability, employment and class action cases.

John's industry experience includes:
•20 years' experience handling nearly 300 medical malpractice defense cases.
•Mediating pharmaceutical and health insurance matters.
•Serving as employment counsel for Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City for 30 years.
•Serving as employment counsel for a Kansas City-based pediatric hospital for 20 years.

John also defends Midwestern companies on a national basis in class and collective actions, as well as individual discrimination cases, governmental and regulatory actions. His deep experience achieves favorable outcomes in collective bargaining negotiations of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Awards and Recognitions
•American Bar Foundation, fellow
•American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
•American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2010-2015
The Best Lawyers In America, Arbitration, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Mediation, 1993-2015; Kansas City Mediation Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2014; Kansas City Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2015
Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Law, 2003-2014
•College of Commercial Arbitrators, fellow
•International Academy of Mediators, distinguished fellow
•International Relations Council, Mike Wood Presidential Citation of Merit, 2010
Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002-2012
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005-2014; Top 100, 2005-2011, 2013-2014; Top 50 Kansas City, 2005-2009, 2011, 2014; Top 10, 2006

Civic Involvement
•Boys and Girls Clubs of Kansas City, legal counsel
•Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2001-present; vice president, 2000-present
•Kansas City Industrial Council, legal counsel
•Kansas University Research Institute, Board of Directors, 2007-2009
•Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Society of Fellows, Business Council Steering Committee, 2000-present; Art Advocates Steering Committee, 2006-2011
•Saint Luke's Cardiovascular Consultants, Board of Directors, 2009-present; secretary, 2010-present
•Saint Luke's Health System, Board of Directors, 2004-present; secretary, 2008-present
•Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2000-present; secretary, 2008-present
•Society for People's Friendship with China, vice president, 2000-present
•University of Missouri Board of Curators, 2013-present

•Defended in nearly 300 medical malpractice cases over the past 20 years.
•Mediated pharmaceutical and health insurance matters.
•Employment counsel for Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City for 30 years.
•Employment counsel for a Kansas City-based pediatric hospital for 20 years.
•Served on the Institutional Review Board for the pharmaceutical services company Quintiles Inc. for nearly 20 years.
•Lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials, with more than 85 percent resulting in a defense verdict.
•Counseled clients through numerous audits and compliance checks by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and avoided potential affected class findings with the OFCCP and the Department of Labor (DOL).

Business Insights

Featured Insights
10.30.14 Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO

Business Insights
10.30.14 Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
10.02.13 Labor & Employment Seminar
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9.27.12 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
3.01.11 Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation: Benefits and Risks, Ingram's Magazine
9.28.10 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
9.01.10 ABA Advanced Arbitration Training Institute
Speaking Engagement
6.22.10 Supreme Court Voids More Than 600 NLRB Decisions
4.06.09 Unions May Substitute Arbitration For Litigation Of Discrimination Claims
1.14.09 The Employee Free Choice Act
9.25.08 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO

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10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
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10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
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10.15.13 Husch Blackwell Continues to Receive High Marks by Benchmark Litigation
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
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6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
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2.07.13 Husch Blackwell Partner John Phillips Appointed to University of Missouri Board of Curators
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11.06.12 Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names Husch Blackwell a Highly Recommended Firm
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John R. Phillips

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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