Philip Rhodes Dupont

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Philip Rhodes Dupont of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on March 8, 2021, with his loving family by his side, following a short and sudden illness. He was 58 years old. Philip was born in Houston, Texas on July 16, 1962, and was raised in Sikeston, Missouri. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri (Columbia).  He began his legal career in 1988, as a law clerk for the Honorable Timothy Dean O’Leary in the Jackson County Sixteenth Circuit Court. Philip became a litigation partner with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, transitioning later to Husch & Eppenberger, which became Husch Blackwell.  From 2014, until the time of his passing, he was Counsel with the Kansas City office of Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard.

Philip practiced law for over 30 years and was a prominent attorney in the Kansas City area.  His practice concentrated on complex commercial civil litigation and medical malpractice defense. Philip was recognized as a top trial attorney on numerous occasions throughout his career including being honored as “Best of the Bar” in Kansas City and being named a “Missouri & Kansas SuperLawyer”. Philip was also an accomplished appellate advocate, recently arguing successfully before the Idaho Supreme Court. He was admitted to and practiced in the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Courts of Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, and was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to Philip’s thriving law practice, he was an avid woodworker and wine collector. He was a proud member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the Mondiale du Vin. He also enjoyed cooking, music, travelling, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his family, colleagues and friends.

Philip is survived by his partner and fianceé Amber Steinbeck and his stepdaughter Caden; his children Nicholas, Elisabeth and Caroline Dupont, and their mother Mary Nan Dupont Thiessen; his siblings Dr. Elisabeth Dupont (Scott Pryor), Stephen Dupont (Kaaren), Vincent Dupont (Cecil), and Carolyn Dupont (Gregory Partain); his mother Dr. Lynnell Dupont (age 90); and many beloved nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his father Dr. Jean Rene Dupont who passed in 1996. Philip leaves many life-long friends and as they would tell you, he was one of a kind, generous, charming and fun-loving. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family, and all that knew him.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence ( Condolences may be received at or to the family at 3441 Coleman Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. 


A commemoration of life service will be scheduled at a future date.


  1. Tim Grigery on June 4, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I was thinking about Phillip in my office this morning. For some reason I thought of him and wondered what he was doing. So I searched for him online and found out he had passed. He and I were friends in high school at Sikeston Senior High Sikeston, MO. Everything said about him in the obituary stands true back then as well. His brother Vincent was a great person too. We sure had some great times together. Singing in Modern Choral and having a good time no matter where we were. It breaks my heart to find this out. But I know he is with the Father and the Angels in heaven. For the family and friends please accept my deepest heart felt sorrow for your loss.

  2. Herschel Davis on April 12, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Roger just shared this with me. So sorry to hear, he was a great person, so generous and fun loving. He will be deeply missed. May it comfort you to know he did special things while here and he clearly loved his family.

  3. Cindy Fiser on April 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    I just hear of Phillip’s passing and so very sorry to hear this he was such a kind person. Sending prayers to all of the family.

  4. Whitney Withers on March 17, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Philip was definitely one of the good ones and his kindness and generosity will be deeply missed.

  5. Cindy (Hazel) Halliburton on March 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort at this difficult time.

  6. Steven Taylor on March 16, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    John 11:25 ❤️❤️

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