United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Beth Phillips was sworn in by Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. on December 31, 2009 as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri following her appointment by President Obama and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
As U.S. Attorney, Phillips is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Missouri, which includes Kansas City, St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, and Springfield. She oversees a staff of 132 employees, including 66 attorneys and 66 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.
Phillips is the 32nd presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Missouri, and the first woman to be appointed to the office. “I am extremely honored to serve in this capacity,” Phillips said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri has been in the forefront nationwide in prosecuting human trafficking, child exploitation, mortgage fraud and firearms crimes. I look forward to working with the professional attorneys and staff, as well as with our partner law enforcement agencies throughout the state.”
Phillips is a native Missourian and fourth-generation graduate of the Milan, Missouri, school district. After earning a bachelor of arts degree and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Phillips earned her juris doctor from the University of Missouri in 1996. She is married to Brent Powell, a native of Springfield. They reside in Kansas City, Mo.