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.


SAKG Attorney Paula Brown Speaks at National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Paula Brown spoke on an unusual topic at the fall conference of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, which was held on October 27-30, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Paula, whose practice includes railroad defense work, focused on how she and partner Brent Coverdale obtained a $6 million verdict on behalf of a plaintiff in […]


Six SAKG Attorneys Recognized in 2019 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers

SAKG is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers.  Two of our partners, Todd Scharnhorst and Jim Griffin, were also both named to two additional top-tier rankings:  Top 100 in Missouri and Kansas and Top 50 in Kansas City. Super […]


Attorney Natalie Frank Joins SAKG’s Health Care Litigation Team

SAKG is pleased to announce that Natalie Frank has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Natalie will focus her practice in health care litigation. Natalie is a 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City (“UMKC”).  While at UMKC, she was a member of the UMKC Law Review and served as an […]

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