In Memoriam

On May 17, 2021, SAKG lost a respected colleague and dear friend, Joshana Offenbach. Joshana was not only a talented lawyer but also a remarkably kind, generous, and caring person.  She had an uncanny ability to make friends and always put the needs of others ahead of her own.  She will be deeply missed. If […]


SAKG Convinces Court of Appeals that Application of Punitive Damages Cap was Unconstitutional; Wins Reinstatement of Jury’s Full Punitives Award

After SAKG secured a jury award of over $6 million on behalf of its client, All Star Awards and Ad Specialties (including $5.5 million in punitive damages), the trial court cut punitive damages by roughly $3 million based on the limits imposed by RSMo. 510.265.1.  SAKG argued on appeal that this statutory cap violated All […]


SAKG Assists With University’s Confidential Personnel Investigation

Jim Griffin and Brent Coverdale recently completed an investigation on behalf of a University client into potential misconduct by personnel in an NCAA Division 1 athletic department. Given the time-sensitive nature of such matters, SAKG stepped in to promptly review materials and interview witnesses, then provide findings and recommendations to the University regarding what happened […]


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

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 […]


SAKG Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

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 […]


SAKG Gives Back to Local Food Bank

This past month, the staff of SAKG participated in a food drive that benefits Harvesters–The Community Food Network. With the leadership of our Front Desk Administrator, Marva Callahan, we collected and will be donating over 4,000 items. Marva not only organized our food drive, but also came up with an innovative way to encourage our […]


SAKG Obtains Affirmance by Fifth Circuit of Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

After SAKG obtained summary judgment dismissal of racial, sexual and disability discrimination claims against a national Kansas City employer in May 2020 in the Western District of Texas, the SAKG team of Brent Coverdale and Cameron Grant obtained affirmance of that judgment by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a […]


SAKG Achieves Defense Verdict in Webster County, MO Amidst COVID-19 Protocols

In September 2020, after a 2-week jury trial during phase 3 of the staged reopening, Scott Ast, along with a team that included Michele Sutton on briefing and motions practice, obtained a defense verdict in Webster County, MO. The personal injury case involved a highway grade crossing accident in which the plaintiff struck the lead […]


Andrew Birkinsha Joins SAKG’s Growing Transportation and Commercial Litigation Practices

SAKG is pleased to announce that Andrew Birkinsha has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Andrew will focus his practice in transportation and commercial litigation. Andrew is a 2020 graduate from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU, Andrew served on the leadership board of the Student Bar Association, the Trial Advocacy Team, the […]


SAKG Attains Favorable Judgment in Eighth Circuit Appeal

On May 1, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed a favorable judgment for SAKG client BNSF Railway Company. The three-judge panel rejected the plaintiff’s arguments that the trial court erred when it instructed the jury in a Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”) case premised on an alleged violation of the Safety Appliances Act. The […]

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