Michael W. Rhodes

Mr. Rhodes has extensive experience in a wide variety of business litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, litigation related to insurance insolvencies and guaranty funds. 

Mr. Rhodes also has extensive experience in defending securities and commodities claims in federal and state court and in arbitration proceedings before self-regulatory organizations. He has successfully defended national and regional broker-dealers against a variety of claims, including failed real estate limited partnership syndications, suitability, churning, unauthorized trading, and misrepresentation claims under the ’33 and ’34 Acts and State Blue Sky Acts.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas


  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor, “Missouri Law Review,” 1977-78

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section; Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lawyers' Association of Kansas City
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Eighth Circuit Subcommittee on Model Civil Jury Instructions


  • Speaker, “Using Daubert to Fight Junk Science,” Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting
  • Speaker, “Expert Witness Reports in Federal Court,” The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Photo of Michael W. Rhodes
F: 816.292.2001


Kim Whittelsey


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978

University of Missouri-Columbia, A.B., summa cum laude, 1975