Category Archive: About SAKG

  1. SAKG’s Service Project with Ronald McDonald House Charities

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    This past month, the staff of SAKG took time to assemble self-care kits and knotted blankets for the Ronald McDonald House.

    The knotted blankets were personally crafted by our staff members as well as the hand painted gift bags. We thank our staff for taking the time during their busy day to assist in our service project with the Ronald McDonald House.

    For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities, please visit https://rmhckc.org/

  2. Rachel Smith Joins SAKG’s Transportation, Commercial and Health Care Litigation Practices

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that Rachel Smith has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Rachel will focus her practice in transportation litigation, health care litigation, and commercial litigation.

    Before joining the firm, Rachel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ortrie D. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. During her clerkship, she managed a docket of substantively diverse civil cases from initial filing through post-trial motion practice and drafted judicial opinions on various areas of federal and state law. She also staffed and advised Judge Smith during jury trials, hearings and conferences. Rachel is a 2018 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. While at Arkansas, she served as the Research Editor of the Arkansas Law Review, a teaching assistant for a first-year Legal Researching and Writing class, worked as a  research assistant to one of her professors, and was on the leadership board of the Student Bar Association.

  3. SAKG Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

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    February 2006, Todd Scharnhorst and Scott Ast opened what is now Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, P.C. Since then, the firm has grown from two attorneys and a paralegal into a well-respected litigation boutique focused on commercial litigation, construction, employment, health care, transportation and product liability.  SAKG has long been recognized for its excellent lawyers, industry knowledge and expertise, and outstanding results across all practice areas. Our lawyers pride themselves on achieving client objectives as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible – whether handling matters regionally, or nationally. SAKG’s steady growth continues and we are excited for the next 15 years.

     

    Todd Scharnhorst

    Scott AstScott Ast

  4. SAKG Remains Open for Business

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    Pursuant to the “Stay-at-Home” orders in effect in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the physical offices of Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, PC (“SAKG”) will be closed until the orders are lifted. In the meantime, our entire team will be working remotely to serve the needs of our clients to the fullest extent possible. The firm’s email and telephone systems will remain fully operational during this time, and all of our employees are equipped to hold video conferences from their remote work locations. Please feel free to contact us.

  5. Paula Brown Promoted to Partner

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that Paula Brown has been promoted to partner effective January 1, 2020.  Paula is a seasoned and effective trial lawyer who focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, health care litigation, and transportation litigation.

    Paula Brown

  6. Six SAKG Attorneys Recognized in 2019 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers.  Two of our partners, Todd Scharnhorst and Jim Griffin, were also both named to two additional top-tier rankings:  Top 100 in Missouri and Kansas and Top 50 in Kansas City.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a national directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Only 5 percent of attorneys in each state are recognized by Super Lawyers each year.

    The following SAKG attorneys recognized in the 2019 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas:

    • Todd Scharnhorst (personal injury medical malpractice defense)
    • Scott Ast (business litigation)
    • Jeff Kennard (construction litigation)
    • Jim Griffin (business litigation)
    • Brent Coverdale (employment litigation)
    • Bret Clark – Rising Star (personal injury medical malpractice defense)

    Jim Griffin has been recognized by Super Lawyers for 15 consecutive years.  Todd Scharnhorst, Scott Ast, and Jeff Kennard have each been recognized by Super Lawyers for 10 consecutive years.

    Todd Scharnhorst

    Scott Ast

    Scott Ast

    Jeff Kennard

    Jim Griffin

    Brent Coverdale

    Bret Clark

  7. Attorney Natalie Frank Joins SAKG’s Health Care Litigation Team

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that Natalie Frank has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Natalie will focus her practice in health care litigation.

    Natalie is a 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City (“UMKC”).  While at UMKC, she was a member of the UMKC Law Review and served as an Articles Editor.  She was also the recipient of the Robert C. Downs Endowed Merit Scholarship.

    Natalie Frank

  8. SAKG Welcomes Three New Litigation Partners

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that Collin B. Altieri, Sean P. Hamer, and Craig M. Leff have joined the firm as partners.

    Prior to joining SAKG, Collin was a partner with Polsinelli PC where he focused his practice in medical malpractice defense.

    Sean and Craig, both of whom were formerly partners with the Yeretsky and Maher firm, are experienced trial lawyers who focus their practices in transportation and commercial litigation.

    Collin Altieri

    Sean Hamer

    Craig Leff

  9. SAKG Partners Recognized in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers

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    We are pleased to announce that five SAKG lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a national directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Only 5 percent of attorneys in each state are recognized by Super Lawyers each year.

    The following SAKG attorneys recognized in the 2018 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas:

    • Todd Scharnhorst (personal injury medical malpractice defense)
    • Scott Ast (business litigation)
    • Jeff Kennard (construction litigation)
    • Jim Griffin (business litigation)
    • Bret Clark – Rising Star (personal injury medical malpractice defense)

    Todd Scharnhorst and Jim Griffin were also both named to two additional top-tier rankings:  Top 100 in Missouri and Kansas and Top 50 in Kansas City.

  10. Bret Clark Promoted to Partner

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    SAKG is pleased to announce that Bret Clark has been promoted to partner effective January 1, 2018.  Bret focuses his practice in the area of health care litigation.

    Bret Clark

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