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 […]


SAKG Obtains Defense Verdict in Law Enforcement Retirement Benefits Appeal

On April 21, 2020, Brent Coverdale and Michele Sutton achieved a defense verdict for a local law enforcement agency after a bench trial in Jackson County Circuit Court. The plaintiff was a former police officer who challenged the decision that his disability-related retirement be considered non-duty rather than a disability caused by the performance of […]


SAKG Remains Open for Business

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 […]


SAKG Deepens Its Growing Transportation, Construction, and Commercial Litigation Practices

SAKG is pleased to announce that Kelly Lynch Murphy and Alex McKenna have joined Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, PC as associate attorneys. Kelly Lynch Murphy is a seasoned trial lawyer who focuses her practice in transportation and commercial litigation. Prior to relocating to Kansas City and joining SAKG in February 2020, Kelly practiced law in […]


SAKG Pursues And Wins Multi-Million Dollar Arbitration Award

Jim Griffin and Joshana Offenbach, assisted by Barbara Steele, tried a case for a healthcare client before an arbitration panel from the American Health Lawyers Association in September 2019 and received an award totaling over $9 million plus future relief.


Paula Brown Promoted to Partner

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.

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