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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2012, Michigan Journal of International Law, contributing editor, 2010-2012
    • Graduate Certificate, New College, University of Oxford, 2009, International Human Rights Law Summer Programme
    • M.A., The George Washington University, 2007
    • B.A., magna cum laude, The George Washington University, 2005, Political Communication with Department Honors
  • Court Admissions
    • Missouri Court of Appeals, 2018
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2014
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014
Phillip Zeeck helps resolve clients’ disputes through alternative dispute resolution, summary judgment, trial, and appeal. He represents clients in health care, finance, telecommunications, and other industries in a range of disputes including contracts, torts, intellectual property, real estate, and antitrust. He practices regularly in state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas.

Phil joined Polsinelli after clerking for the Hon. Patricia Breckenridge of the Missouri Supreme Court. In law school, he was a contributing editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law and served as the University of Michigan’s Student General Counsel. Before that, Phil managed media commitments and a diverse client portfolio at a Washington, DC business consulting firm led by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.
  • Defended class action claims asserted by college athletes asserting a right to share of revenues for alleged use of their name, image, and likeness.
  • Represented third-party subpoena respondents in producing voluminous records of real estate transaction information in a case involving class action antitrust claims against realtors associations for allegedly fixing the price of real estate transaction commissions.
  • Represented third-party subpoena respondents in producing records of model football rules and association records in a case involving class action tort claims against organizers of football leagues, games, and tournaments.
  • Helped obtain a voluntary dismissal on behalf of a directory services provider sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Helped obtain a judgment of dismissal on behalf of a commercial real estate management company sued on various claims alleging that the management company was liable for the debts of companies owning the properties themselves.
  • Participated in representing a public service retirement system in a suit involving issues of statutory and constitutional construction, including drafting extensive briefing submitted to the trial court and Missouri Supreme Court.
  • Presented oral argument on appeal leading to reversal of manslaughter conviction. This case involved an issue of first impression under Missouri law: whether mothers can face criminal liability for complications arising from an unattended birth. 
  • Managed confidentiality designations on over 1,000 trial exhibits and several dozen deposition transcripts in healthcare antitrust matter, including marking exhibits and transcripts for redaction and sealing, drafting motions to seal and related briefing, and negotiating stipulated trial confidentiality order with opposing counsel and counsel for third-party payers.
  • Drafted dispositive motion in putative class action against health insurance clients alleging a billing conspiracy with medical services providers. The motion was granted, eliminating over $1 million in risk to the clients.
  • Drafted summary disposition briefing for telecommunications client in consumer arbitration action alleging negligence related to content filter. Based on the briefed arguments, the arbitrator granted the client summary disposition in large part and significantly limited available damages.
  • Successfully obtained six-figure damages award and injunctive relief for prison inmate in civil rights case. This representation included dispositive motion drafting and argument, depositions, trial preparation, witness examination and closing argument at trial, and drafting appellate briefs.
  • Prepared and produced witnesses for deposition on behalf of financial services client in matter exposing client to over $1 million liability risk. The matter settled without the client incurring any liability.
  • Represented portfolio of commercial real estate owners in various lease dispute matters by drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, and managing settlement negotiations.
  • Successfully resolved several federal cases on behalf of credit reporting agency alleging claims for violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Successfully challenged initiative petition seeking to terminate a series of large public real estate and development contracts involving tax increment financing.
  • Participated in client service team representing a commercial real estate data company in a highly publicized lawsuit brought by a publicly traded company in the Western District of Missouri. This representation included defending the client against claims of copyright infringement, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and unfair competition and asserting counterclaims for violations of US antitrust laws. This case has been reported on by The Wall Street Journal and numerous legal and industry publications.
  • Key member of client service team representing health care company against tort claims in federal class action and state mass action cases arising out of allegedly unnecessary medical procedures. This representation included identifying trial exhibits, drafting dispositive motions briefs, and corresponding with opposing counsel on discovery disputes. Cases were resolved favorably to client.
  • Assisted in representing credit life insurance carrier in consumer class action against claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Brought and resolved numerous breach of contract cases on behalf of an education marketing company.
  • Negotiated successful settlement agreement to protect family member’s right to estate assets.
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March 16, 2020
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Co-Author, American Bar Association
November 12, 2019
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Appeals Court Rules Unattended Birth Not Itself Grounds for Conviction
Mentioned, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
June 18, 2019
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Quoted, Columbia Daily Tribune
June 18, 2019
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June 2019
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Mentioned, Law360
March 18, 2019
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Commencing an Action: Kansas
Practical Law
Co-Authored by Jason L. Bush and Phillip J. R. Zeeck
Published May 11, 2015
Subscription Only
May 11, 2015
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Judicial Admissions and Judicial Notice, Sources of Proof
The Missouri Bar (5th ed.)
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March 21, 2014
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Tortious Interference with Contracts and Business Expectations in Missouri and Kansas, Business Litigation Handbook
Kansas City Bar Association