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Phillip Buchanan Grubaugh

Car accident Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Phil Grubaugh, Philip Grubaugh

  • Licensed for 48 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1975
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Phillip

Learn Phillip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Our firm handles Kansas and Missouri motor vehicle accidents - Trucks, motorcycles, cars, trains and planes. Having worked on the defendant's side for many years, I know their playbook! It is true that insurance companies will seek to minimize and destroy your claim. They don't want to pay out,. They have shareholders to please. Your best defense is a good offense. Beyond documentation of your claim, you need a strategy! Let us do the fighting with the insurance companies! We're good at it!

  2. Medical malpractice

  3. Personal injury
    Our firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases that include medical malpractice, wrongful death, slip and falls, and premises liability. Having worked on the defendant's side for many years, I know their playbook!

  4. Slip and fall accident

  5. Workers compensation

Phillip B. Grubaugh has been practicing law since 1975 and is licensed in the state of Missouri. He graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. While attending law school at the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, Phil was awarded Order of the Coif, and he graduated as one of the top ten students in his law school class.


Phil started his legal career working as an associate attorney at the defense litigation firm Watson Ess Marshall & Engass, where he practiced general litigation. Two years later he practiced law as an associate at Deacy & Deacy, LLP, where he later became a partner of the firm. During the three-plus decades he spent at Deacy & Deacy, Phil had many victories while practicing personal injuy defense and commercial litigation, in addition to a number of successful appellate cases. 


In 2012, Phil moved to the plaintiff's side of the battlefield and joined the team at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys (KCAIA) as an Of Counsel attorney. Firm owner, James Roswold remarked, "His experience as a seasoned and skilled defense attorney has proven invaluable to the team, as we now have even more detailed insight into the other side's preparation of a civil case.


As a member of KCAIA, Phil now focuses his energy on obtaining fair and just compensation for seriously injured people throughout the Kansas City metro area. He prides himself on giving every case his personalized attention and knowing the details of each case inside and out, in order to provide the very best legal representation.

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Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys - Kansas City, MO Office
510 Walnut
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO, 64106
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys - Parkville, MO Office
8600 NW 64th St. Suite 945
Parkville, MO, 64152
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys - Lee's Summit, MO Office
200 NE Missouri Rd. Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO, 64086
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys - Overland Park, KS
11900 College Blvd.
Suite 310
Overland Park, KS, 66210
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Posted by Mark Cox | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Phil Grubaugh provided me with sound legal case involving my case. I had many questions throughout the process and he took the time to answer them all in a way that I could understand clearly. His calm, yet determined manner, was reassuring as we dealt with the ups and downs of my case. His knowledge of the law and his interpretations were spot on. I would highly recommend Phil.
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Posted by William | July 28, 2014
Phil provided me great counsel and insight!
Phil has proven to be a very wise and personable lawyer. I've known many. Heck, I was even married to one once! When it came to delicate legal matters, I believe it was Phil's experience that allowed him to efficiently navigate the complications that arose. Others might have been stopped cold. He saw the challenges as opportunities and stayed positive throughout. This gave me great confidence that I was in good hands.
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Posted by Robert | July 3, 2013
In my opinion, Phil Grubaugh is one of the finest attorneys in the Kansas City area. He is highly intelligent and dedicated to his work. I sense he obviously has a deep passion for the work he does. Phil is very knowledgeable about the practice. Any questions I have had for him are always answered and in great detail. Phil was great to work with, he has a great personality, and was always in good spirits. Anyone who works with Phil is sure to walk away with a smile. And he did a great job on my case. I highly recommend Phil Grubaugh and the entire team at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Midwest Hemophelia Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Outside Counsel to the Board of Trustees
  • Mid-Continent Public Library
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Deacy & Deacy
  • 1978 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas
  • 1975 - 1977
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  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of Missouri
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • New Career Enabled Through Injury Settlement
  • Successful Medation of Soft Tissue Injury
  • Auto Collision with Physical & Psychological Injuries
  • $175,000.00 result in mediation
  • Overcoming Disputed Liability
  • Court Order Mediated Settlement


  • The National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Tiger Club of Kansas City
  • President
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Tiger Club of Kansas City
  • Board of Directors
  • 1989 - 2019
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - 2019
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1975 - 2019
  • UMKC Law Review
  • Notes & Comments Editor
  • 1974 - 1975
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney Car Accident
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Order of Coif
  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • 1975
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Missouri
  • 1971
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Speaking Engagements

  • Top Law Firm Personal Injury Practice
  • Best Attorney Ethics in Representing an Injury Victim
  • 2015
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Evidence
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (18)
Endorse Phillip
Car accident Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Phil Grubaugh has been a lifelong mentor of mine. I worked for him in the early 1990's and ever since then have turned to him for advice regarding the most challenging legal issues in my practice. I can say without reservation that he is one of the greatest legal minds I have ever had the chance to work with. Just as importantly, he is a great friend and confidant. I wholeheartedly endorse him on every level."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Other
"Phil is a smart, generous person that is respected within the community. He represents his clients well and has an extraordinary legal mind."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Grubaugh has an excellent reputation in the legal community and works for an excellent law firm. I recommend him highly."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phil is a compassionate advocate for those injured in Missouri in car accidents and other personal injury accidents. He has almost 40 years of experience and is dedicated to helping his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a great reputation and is highly regarded by other lawyers in his community. He had been the mentor to another great lawyer in Kansas City. Brent Adams"
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip Grubaugh is known for having an extraordinary legal mind and having the ability to get great client results quickly and efficiently. He has served as a respected mentor for attorneys in his field and is well liked by his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Phillip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After practicing law for over 30 years I know a serious accident or the death of a loved one can seem as if your world had come to an end. It is a time when you need the best advocate to see that your rights and future are protected. Phillip Grubaugh is the attorney you must put in your corner. With Mr. Grubaugh you come first – you can rest assured that you have a fine attorney with your critical interests as their only concern."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Grubaugh and the attorneys that he works with are an excellent group dedicated to informing and assisting their clients."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Phillip as an excellent car accident and injury attorney in Kansas City. His law firm is dedicated to helping injured victims in car accidents, and providing them with helpful information, BEFORE they even sign anything. His books are great to read (and free!), because he does a great job turning legal terminology into something understandable to the general public, and that is a quality hard to find in lawyers."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Phil on some very complex personal injury and insurance coverage matters. I am always impressed by the vast amount of legal expertise that he brings to the conversation. When working with Phil it is immediately apparent that he possesses an unequaled amount of knowledge in the legal fields of personal injury and insurance coverage. On top of that, Phil’s ability to quickly and concisely analyze intricate legal matters and how they might affect the client’s situation makes working with him a true pleasure."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is an excellent attorney. He has a strong grasp of legal issues and an incredible breadth of knowledge about personal injury law in Missouri and Kansas. He is thoughtful and incisive, and a pragmatic problem solver. Also he is an outstanding legal writer, whose analysis is clear and authoritative and his style persuasive and compelling. He is a dedicated and caring attorney who gives his best for his clients. I have enjoyed working with him on several cases."
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