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I have had the privilege to represent owners, design-builders, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors of all types and sizes, ranging from publicly-traded international companies to small local businesses, on a wide variety of projects, including: petroleum and bio-fuel refineries; fossil-fuel and geothermal power plants; industrial and food processing facilities; military facilities and government housing; earthen dams; sports stadiums; commercial office towers; heavy highway, transportation, and civil; distribution facilities; retail developments; and condominium developments.

Although I assist clients at all phases of a construction project, litigation is the principal focus of my practice and I have tried or arbitrated numerous construction disputes, including:  claims for delays, disruptions, lost productivity, and acceleration; claims for additional compensation due to unknown or changed site conditions; claims for wrongful termination; claims for defective design drawings and specifications; construction defect claims; claims under the Miller Act and similar state statutes; and mechanic’s lien claims.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 34%
  2. Litigation: 33%
  3. Arbitration: 33%

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Contact info

Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin, PC

1100 Walnut.
Suite 1950
Kansas City, MO, 64106


OKAuthorized to practice law200103/14/2013
MOGood Standing, Active199501/08/2013
KSAuthorized to practice law199408/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Construction LawSuper Lawyers2014
Construction LawSuperLawyers2013
Best of the Bar - Construction LitigationKansas City Business Journal2013
Best of the Bar - Construction LitigationKansas City Business Journal2012
Construction LawSuper Lawyers2012
Construction LawSuper Lawyers2011
Best of the Bar - Construction LitigationKansas City Business Journal2011
Construction LawSuper Lawyers2010
Best of the Bar - Construction LitigationKansas City Business Journal2010
Construction LawSuper Lawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderScharnhorst Ast & Kennard, P.C.2007 - Present
PartnerBlackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP1994 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryN/A2001 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationPresident - Construction Law Section2001 - Present
Oklahoma Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationFounder and Former President - Construction Law Section1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cannot disclose parties due to confidentialityNominal settlement
Trinity Industrial Srvs. v. Leidos Constructors, LLCNominal settlement
Cannot disclose parties due to confidentialityFavorable arbitration award
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Publication nameTitleDate
Construction Law UpdateChapter 10 - Midwest Region2012
Construction Law UpdateChapter 10 - Midwest Region2011
Kansas Construction Law HandbookIntroduction to Construction Contracts2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Kansas School of LawBusiness Administration and AdvertisingBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kansas Engineering Law and EthicsLaw of Engineering Malpractice2014
Continuing Legal Education SeminarNavigating the Social Media Maze: How to Use Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter as Litigation Tools2011
Continuing Legal Education SeminarElectronic Discovery and the New Federal Rules2007
Continuing Legal Education SeminarNegotiating and Drafting Construction Contracts2006