Philip McKnight

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Philip McKnight is a partner at the Kansas City based law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Division and has extensive experience with equity-based plans, executive compensation, deferred compensation and ERISA matters. He also works closely with the firm’s corporate finance attorneys on both securities issues and transactional matters relating to employee benefits and compensation arrangements. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served as a staff member and editor of the Kansas Law Review. Phil is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits Law as well as in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits and ERISA Law. Along with serving as an adjunct faculty member, Phil is involved with many community and professional organizations, such as United Way, The Family Conservancy, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Employee Benefits Institute.

Courses Taught:
  • Executive Compensation
Representative Publications


Author, Chapter 10, Planning Employee Benefits, Missouri Specialized Business Entities, Missouri Bar Publications.


J.D., University of Kansas, 1996, Order of the Coif; B.A., University of Kansas, 1993.


Missouri 1996, Kansas 1997

Career History

Stinson Mag & Fizzell PC, 1996-2002; Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, 2002-present.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance