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    SAKG is pleased to announce the newest members of our team, Associate Kathleen Meara and Of Counsel Anne Lindner Saghir.

    Kathleen joined our firm as an associate in January 2024. Kathleen spent the first seven years of her legal career defending doctors, hospitals, and practice groups against medical malpractice claims venued in New York City’s five boroughs as well as Nassau and Suffolk County. Since returning to Kansas City to be closer to her family, Kathleen has expanded her expertise to other personal injury matters including motor vehicle, trucking, and wrongful death.

    Anne joined our firm as of counsel in February 2024. Prior to joining SAKG, Anne worked at well-respected firms in St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa, Florida; and Madison, Wisconsin. She focuses her practice on personal injury claims and commercial litigation.  Anne represented defendants and plaintiffs in a variety and types of lawsuits at every stage of litigation from claim investigation through trial and appeal, and also handles insurance coverage disputes.

    We are thrilled to have them as additions to the SAKG team.


  2. SAKG Team Achieves Summary Judgment for Local Hospital

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    A Kansas district court judge recently granted summary judgment to a hospital defendant in a wrongful death case based on alleged medical negligence. Attorneys Todd Scharnhorst, Steve Brown, and paralegal Karil Watkins were all involved in representing the hospital.

    In its summary judgment motion, the hospital alleged plaintiffs’ case failed as a matter of law because plaintiffs lacked the medical expert support Kansas law requires in a medical negligence case. Plaintiffs argued that they met the “common knowledge exception” to the medical expert support requirement, but the Court disagreed.

    In addition to granting the hospital’s motion, the judge dismissed the hospital from the case with prejudice.


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    Steve is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who joined the firm in 2014, after twenty years in civil litigation. He focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice litigation, professional liability litigation, long-term care litigation, and commercial litigation. We are excited to have Steve join as a SAKG Partner in 2024.



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    Sean has extensive trial and litigation experience through his 20 years of civil defense practice. He regularly represents national transportation companies in cases involving personal injury, Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), grade crossing accidents, property damage, cumulative trauma exposure and other accident investigation and defense. SAKG is thrilled to have Sean as a Shareholder in 2024.

  5. 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.


  6. 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

    About Best Lawyers:

    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.

    You can view more information about Best Lawyers and the methodology it uses to evaluate and select lawyers for recognition by clicking here.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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