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Commercial and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Insurance Defense, Products Liability

Philip Sumner

Member in Kansas City

Philip V. Sumner is a trial lawyer whose civil litigation practice is focused on the defense of insurers and their insureds in a variety of matters including construction deficiencies, product liability, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, uninsured/underinsured motorist, extra-contractual liability and premises liability. He has tried multiple cases to both juries and judges and is licensed to practice in courts in Missouri. 

Philip previously resided in Arizona, where he worked for a full-service business law firm. He now resides in Kansas City with his wife and their three sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, golf and Oklahoma Sooner football.


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • USDC, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2002
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. Political Science and Philosophy, with Honors, 1999

Memberships & Activities

  • ALFA International
    • Steering Committee Member, Construction Practice Group
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • DRI
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2019-present
    •  Top 100 Civil Defense Litigator
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2011-2012