Philip Rhodes Dupont
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.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (www.kcsdv.org). Condolences may be received at www.cremationcenterkc.com or to the family at 3441 Coleman Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.
A commemoration of life service will be scheduled at a future date.