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  1. SAKG Participates as a Sponsor for Literacy KC Classic 2023

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    SAKG participated in the 3rd Annual Literacy KC Classic , a mini-golf tournament and fundraiser hosted by Literacy KC. Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy within the Kansas City metropolitan area through direct services, advocacy, and collaboration. They offer a welcoming community for adults and families to improve literacy skills and enhance quality of life through support from volunteers, donors, partners, and the KC community. SAKG participated as a Close Approach Sponsor and three SAKG teams, Par then Bar, Putter Nonsense, and Fairway to Heaven, attended the tournament at KC Live! in KC’s Power & Light District.

    This year’s Classic raised over $140,000 to help support Literacy KC’s mission.


  2. Six SAKG Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers Award Recipients

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    Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, PC (“SAKG”) is pleased to announce that six SAKG lawyers are recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®:

    Photographs of Todd Scharnhorst (left), Scott Ast, Bret Clark, Jim Griffin, Brent Coverdale, and Jeff Kennard

    Todd Scharnhorst, Scott Ast, Bret Clark, Jim Griffin, Brent Coverdale, and Jeff Kennard

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    Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the legal profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals. Lawyers who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized Best Lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback that Best Lawyers receives from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

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  3. SAKG Participates in Summer Bowl for Kids’ Sake

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    SAKG participated in Summer Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2023, a fundraiser hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children, ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country.

    Our two teams, Bowl-able Hours and Striking the Record, raised more than $2000 for the cause. After fundraising, the team joined BBBSKC to bowl at Park Lanes in Shawnee, KS.

  4. SAKG Team Achieves $11 Million Wrongful Death Verdict

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    SAKG won more than $11 million for a mother whose 32-year-old son died in a rental house fire. The house had inadequate smoke alarms and had not been professionally inspected before being purchased five months prior to the fire. SAKG’s expert witnesses showed the cause was electrical failure and that it began in ceiling space between the top and bottom floors of the 110-year-old house.  The jury awarded $3,013,792.94 in compensatory damages and $8,095,625.00 in punitive damages. The trial team included attorneys Scott Ast and Paula Brown and paralegal Karil Watkins.

  5. SAKG Team Achieves Defense Verdict for Local OB/GYN

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    The plaintiff, a minor, was delivered by cesarean section on February 18, 2019.  Plaintiff claimed that during the delivery, performed by the Defendant OB/GYN, the child suffered a severe laceration to the eyelid, canalicular system, and conjunctiva through the Defendant’s negligent use of a scalpel while making entry into the mother’s uterus.  Plaintiff alleged excessive force was used while making the incision, and the Defendant erred in entering the uterus with a scalpel, rather than in a blunt fashion.  Permanent and progressive scarring and disfigurement were alleged.


  6. SAKG Sponsors Literacy KC’s “Literacy for All” Luncheon

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    In May, SAKG sponsored the 13th Annual Literacy for All Luncheon hosted by Literacy KC. This event highlighted the organization’s growth over the past year in its efforts to provide adult literacy programs and workforce development programs. It featured current Literacy KC students as well as guest speaker Tamba Hali, former Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker, who all shared about how education has impacted and improved their lives.

    Read more about the event and Literacy KC’s mission here.

    Literacy for All Luncheon board listing SAKG as bronze-level sponsor

  7. Taylor Jurgens Joins SAKG as an Associate

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    SAKG is pleased to announce Taylor Jurgens as the newest associate attorney at the firm. Taylor will focus his practice on commercial, construction, and transportation litigation.

    Taylor graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 2019. He began his career in Omaha, Nebraska where he practiced in various areas of litigation, including insurance defense, construction, and transportation.


    Photograph of Taylor Jurgens

    Taylor Jurgens

  8. SAKG Sponsors and Participates in CCVI Trolley Run

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    This year, SAKG was honored to sponsor the 35th Annual CCVI Trolley Run. In addition to sponsoring, a team of SAKG staff and family members participated in this 4-mile race which started in Waldo and ended at the Country Club Plaza. Nearly 4,000 people participated in this year’s Trolley Run, raising over $300,000 to benefit the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. 100% of the proceeds are donated to CCVI, which helps children with visual impairments achieve success.

    Read more about CCVI and their mission here.

    Scott Ast, Cameron Grant, Faith Collins, Scott Ast's three children

    Scott Ast, Cameron Grant, Faith Collins, Scott Ast’s three children

    Photograph of Scott Ast, Natalie Frank, Faith Collins, Elissa Scott Crow, and Scott Ast's three children

    Scott Ast, Natalie Frank, Faith Collins, Elissa Scott Crow, and Scott Ast’s three children


  9. SAKG Collects Donations for Cornerstones of Care

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    Throughout the month of March, the SAKG staff participated in a gently used clothing drive. All items were collected and donated to benefit Cornerstones of Care.

    Cornerstones is a non-profit organization reaching throughout Missouri and Kansas which provides prevention, treatment, and support services to children and families in an effort to keep children safe, families strong and communities healthy.

    Read more about Cornerstones of Care and their mission here.

    Photograph of Marva Callahan and Danielle Leaton-Salinas showing some of the clothing collected by SAKG

    Marva Callahan and Danielle Leaton-Salinas

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