Phillip E. DeLaTorre

Professor Emeritus of Law
Primary office:
304 Green Hall


A graduate of Harvard University Law School, Phillip DeLaTorre joined the KU law faculty in 1980 following private law practice in Kansas City, Missouri. His teaching and scholarship focused on intellectual property, property, and oil and gas law. He has a strong interest in civil rights issues and served on the Kansas Human Rights Commission and the Kansas Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, the University of San Diego School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law. He retired in May 2017.


J.D., Harvard, 1978; B.A., Kansas, 1975.


Property, Sports Law, Trusts and Estates


Intellectual property, oil and gas law.


Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Lawrence Housing Authority, 1987-88; Commissioner, Kansas Human Rights Commission, 1991-present; Kansas Advisory Commission, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1994-present.


Missouri 1978, Kansas 1979.

Career History

Associate, Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas, Kansas City, Mo., 1978-80; Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1980-85; Professor, University of Kansas, 1985-present; Visiting Professor, University of Texas, 1985-86, San Diego, 1988-89; Consortium Professor, London, Fall 1990.

Selected Publications

  • "Survey of Kansas Oil and Gas Law," 41 Kansas Law Review 691 (1993)
  • "Recent Developments in Kansas Oil and Gas Law," 37 Kansas Law Review 907 (1989)