Aaron is the Business Litigation Practice Group Leader at Sandberg Phoenix and has experience in various litigation matters in both state and federal court. He has prepared and successfully argued a number of dispositive motions that resulted in victories for our clients. He has also settled numerous matters to the satisfaction of our clients. He has also provided litigation support in a number of jury trials since he joined Sandberg Phoenix. Aaron has also prepared appellate briefs addressing issues of first impression in the State of Missouri.
Bringing more than 13 years of litigation experience from another St. Louis-area law firm, Ken joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2015 and works primarily with the Business Litigation Practice Group. Focusing his legal practice on insurance coverage and bad faith matters, Ken is experienced in all aspects of litigation, from discovery, depositions and expert witness preparation to complex contract interpretation and drafting, appellate work in defense of insurance companies, and arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court.
Phil Graham has over 25 years of litigation experience. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Products Liability Groups. Phil is an experienced insurance coverage and “bad-faith” lawyer representing commercial insurers in complex coverage disputes involving various lines of commercial insurance. He is experienced in providing coverage opinions and litigating coverage and bad-faith cases. Phil also has expertise and experience in handling complex coverage issues and litigation involving first-party property damage claims.
Cody Hagan joined Sandberg Phoenix as an associate in 2017.
Prior to joining Sandberg Phoenix, Cody served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul Wilson at the Missouri Supreme Court. During law school, Cody completed an externship with Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen in the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City. In that same Court, Cody worked alongside the appellate unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. He also worked as an intern with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Kansas City, where he was exposed to a wide range of litigation
Associate Meghan E. Lewis joined Sandberg Phoenix Kansas City in 2014 after spending four years at another area law firm. An experienced business litigation and appellate attorney, Meghan has developed a successful practice focused on insurance coverage and bad faith defense, appellate advocacy, personal injury defense and legal malpractice defense.
She has significant experience in handling complex contractual disputes, business torts, professional liability and product liability issues efficiently and effectively. Meghan is also regarded by her colleagues as an invaluable resource in legal research, analysis and writing. These key skills enable her to represent clients in all phases of litigation, including appeals.
Anthony L. (Tony) Martin has over 30 years of litigation experience and concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith cases), product liability and class action litigation. He represents a diverse clientele varied in size and type of industry, which are local, regional, national and international. Tony has been able to resolve legal disputes and litigation through mediation, arbitration and trial and has successfully tried cases throughout central and southern Illinois.
Stephen M. Murphy joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 2004. He focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation and insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith). Steve has handled all phases of litigation, from claim investigation, commencing litigation, discovery, motions for summary judgment, mediation and trial. He has also successfully resolved cases through arbitration. Steve routinely authors featured articles for the firm’s Insurance Coverage Team’s E-Newsletter and is responsible for authoring the E-Newsletter’s Missouri Case Spotlight for each edition, which keeps him abreast of new developments in Missouri insurance law. He represents a diverse clientele, including large businesses, professionals, and individuals.
John is a shareholder and founding member of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, and he is the firm’s Managing Partner. He concentrates his practice in business litigation. John has been named to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the Business Litigation area from 2005-2012. He was also named as one of the Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in St. Louis for 2007, 2008 and 2009. John was recognized as one of the best trial attorneys in the country by Best Lawyers in America in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation; in 2010 and 2011, he was also named in the area of Commercial Litigation. He was a Leadership St. Louis participant from 1998-1999.
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Shareholder Tim Sansone focuses on complex litigation involving product liability claims, business disputes, appellate practice, and class actions, in addition to serving as coverage counsel. A dozen years of practice have made one thing clear to Tim: Legal matters may not always be simple or inexpensive, but lawyer and client must be in harmony if an endeavor is to have any chance of reaching a satisfactory conclusion. Case management must be not only proactive but also smart, practical, and efficient. Above all, the client’s interests and goals in the matter are paramount. The lawyer who forgets that fact does not deserve the assignment.
Joining the firm in 2015 after serving as a Summer Associate, Brett Simon focuses his practice on business litigation, products liability and medical malpractice matters. He is experienced in business organization, contract claims, litigation and has also performed some appellate work.
Katrina Smeltzer has more than eight years of legal experience in Business Litigation and insurance defense. She focuses her legal work on civil litigation, including professional and premises liability, insurance coverage and bad faith matters. She is also highly experienced in appellate work, and has represented companies ranging from large insurance providers to businesses in the hospitality and telecommunications industries.
Sandberg Phoenix Associate Casey F. Wong focuses his practice on products liability, business litigation, and insurance coverage matters. He represents clients in both Missouri and Illinois.