Missouri Lawyers Weekly names Jim Griffin to its 2024 POWER list of business defense attorneys

SAKG is pleased to announce that Missouri Lawyers Media has named Jim Griffin to its 2024 POWER list of business defense attorneys in Missouri. Jim Griffin has more than 40 years of litigation experience on both the plaintiff and defense side, giving him a broad perspective and skill set. This versatility in a wide variety […]



Less than two weeks after SAKG obtained a unanimous defense verdict for a local law enforcement agency in an employment discrimination case,  SAKG obtained another unanimous defense verdict for a regional grocery retailer in a premises liability case. Both cases were tried to juries in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. The case arose […]


Defense Verdict for KCPD

A Jackson County jury sided with the Kansas City Police Department on a claim it discriminated and retaliated against an employee based on his religion. SAKG attorneys Brent Coverdale, Andrew Lewis, and Paula Brown showed that the police did not discriminate against the 20-year employee because he was a Jehovah’s Witness. Rather, his 14-day suspension […]


SAKG’s Jim Griffin Receives Dean of the Trial Bar Award

The KCMBA presented Jim Griffin with the Dean of the Trial Bar Award at their 51st Annual Bench-Bar & Board Room Conference back in May. Jim’s trial skills, professionalism, and mentorship are a large part of SAKG’s success. Jim models and mentors clear, concise, and effective case presentation – zealously advocating while remaining professional and […]


Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment Achieved by SAKG Team

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of an SAKG hospital client.  The medical malpractice case was originally brought in the United States District Court of Kansas. The SAKG team of Michele L. Sutton and Todd A. Scharnhorst obtained summary judgment on all claims in the underlying medical negligence suit.   […]


SAKG Sponsors CCVI’s 36th Annual Trolley Run

SAKG was honored to sponsor the Annual CCVI Trolley Run for the second year in a row! Over 3,500 people participated in this year’s Trolley Run, raising over $55,000 to benefit the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. This year they had over 60 family teams, a new record for CCVI, and over 1,700 new […]


SAKG Sponsors CPR-AED Certification for Scouts Troop 86

SAKG sponsored Boy Scouts Troop 86 from Olathe, KS in earning their CPR-AED certification this past Friday. The firm is happy to support these Boy Scouts in expanding their knowledge and developing skills that help our community. The troop and members of our SAKG team took the course and are now officially certified!



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 […]


SAKG Team Achieves Summary Judgment for Local Hospital

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 […]



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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