- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Class and Collective Action Litigation
- TCPA Litigation and Compliance
- Employment Litigation
- Wage and Hour Litigation
- Trial Practice
- Appellate Litigation
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- J.D. 2013, summa cum laude
- Order of the Coif
- Articles Editor, Indiana Law Journal
University of Missouri
B.S. Business Administration, 2010, magna cum laude
State Bar of Missouri
State Bar of Kansas
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
Caleb Phillips is a trial and appellate lawyer with expertise in all stages of the litigation process. He focuses on providing excellent customer service to his clients, and centers his practice on complex commercial disputes, class and collective actions, and employment litigation.
Prior to joining KCO, Mr. Phillips was appointed by Missouri’s governor to serve as the head Prosecuting Attorney for Nodaway County, Missouri, where he successfully tried several cases to jury verdicts. As the office lead, he implemented a victims-first system of case management, which garnered favorable results for hundreds of victims.
Mr. Phillips previously practiced at an AmLaw 100 firm, where he gained significant practical skills and established a proven track record in complex commercial disputes and appeals. There, he represented companies varying in size from small cap to Fortune 100 entities in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country.
Mr. Phillips has expertise in all stages of litigation, including developing efficient legal strategies and solutions; counseling clients through the litigation process; drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs; handling depositions; and managing trials and appeals. He has litigated a large spectrum of matters, including those involving class actions, employment disputes, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, federal and state securities laws, alleged fraud, breach of contract, products liability, defamation, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, other state and federal consumer protection laws, and various other causes of action.
Prior to moving into private practice, Mr. Phillips served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer. He obtained his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, during which he served as an intern to U.S. Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton, and graduated first in his class. Mr. Phillips also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, where he graduated magna cum laude.
- Defended companies in the healthcare and cellular service industries against class action lawsuits.
- Represented companies in employment disputes and matters concerning attempted theft of trade secrets.
- Filed and tried an expedited lawsuit to enforce property assessed clean energy (“PACE”) financing liens. Won a judgment within 17 days of filing. Drafted the winning appellate brief to obtain affirmance on appeal.
- Drafted the winning appellate briefs to obtain reversal of an erroneous order dismissing a client’s suit to recoup approximately $750,000 in local tax overcharges.
- Drafted a winning motion for partial directed verdict in a seven-day civil jury trial involving alleged violations of consumer protection laws.
- Represented companies in the financial services industry regarding litigation of and compliance with federal and state securities laws, rules, and regulations, including FINRA and MSRB rules.
- Governor Parson appoints Caleb Phillips as Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney, Office of Governor Michael L. Parson, July 29, 2020
- Governor names new Nodaway County Prosecutor, Maryville Forum, July 29, 2020
- Phillips appointed Nodaway County Prosecutor, News Press Now, July 29, 2020
- Geoffrey Woehlk, Phillips sworn in as new county prosecutor, Maryville Forum, Sept. 3, 2020
- Kendrick Calfee, Bentley attorney enters not guilty plea on arson charge, case rescheduled for May, Northwest Missourian, March 8, 2021
- Skye Pournazari, Kidnapping suspect arrested in Maryville, held with no bond, Maryville Forum, April 1, 2022
- State ex rel. Mo. Clean Energy Dist. v. McEvoy, 557 S.W.3d 473 (Mo. App. W.D. 2018)
- State ex rel. Summit Natural Gas v. Morgan County Comm’n, 536 S.W.3d 729 (Mo. App. S.D. 2017)
- Reinerio v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 17-3120 (8th Cir. June 1, 2018)
- Reinerio v. The Bank of New York Mellon. No. Case No. 16-CV-W-1160-FJG (W.D. Mo. Sept. 20, 2017)
- Appointed by Missouri Governor Michael Parson to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Nodaway County July 2020
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Trial Advocacy
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Advanced Civil Procedure
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Performance as a Law Student
- Order of the Coif
- Rotary Club of Maryville, Missouri, September 2020 to December 2022
- Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City Central, Board Member July 2018 to August 2020; Counsel October 2017 to May 2018
- Midwest Innocence Project Next Generation Advisory Board, Vice President 2017-2018; Secretary-Treasurer 2016-2017
- Mid-Missouri Young Lawyers Association, Treasurer, August 2014 to July 2015