Jonathan Sternberg

Jonathan Sternberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Jonathan Sternberg, Attorney, P.C.
 | 2323 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-292-7000
Fax: 816-292-7050
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Jonathan Sternberg is an appellate lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri.  He focuses his practice on civil and criminal appellate litigation at every point in a case, not only briefing and arguing appeals, writs, post-judgment and post-conviction proceedings, and similar matters, but also advising trial attorneys on procedure and strategy at all stages.

Since opening his practice right after his admission to the bar in 2007, Jonathan has had more than 100 reported appellate decisions to his name, representing businesses and individuals in state and federal appeals throughout America in a wide array of subjects, successfully pursuing commercial, constitutional, criminal, estate, family, insurance, tax, and tort cases, among other subjects.  The total amount in controversy of all of his cases involving money disputes exceeds $600 million.  His clients have included everything from Fortune 500® companies to indigent people.  He has written more than 225 appellate briefs and presented more than 100 appellate oral arguments, including 13 before the Supreme Court of Missouri.  Jonathan is admitted to practice before Missouri and Kansas state courts, all federal district courts in Missouri and Kansas, every U.S. Court of Appeals circuit nationwide, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to his selections to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and its "Rising Stars" (collectively since 2010), Jonathan was the only solo practitioner (and youngest person) who Missouri Lawyers Weekly selected as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" in 2009 and was peer-selected to the Kansas City Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" list in 2013-2016. He also has been named by The National Trial Lawyers to both its "Top 100" and "Top 40 Under 40" lists every year since 2013, listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for appellate practice every year since 2015, and has received Martindale-Hubbell®'s highest peer review rating, AV® Preeminent™, every year since 2012.  Jonathan was a member of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy's 2011 class and also is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations, including having chaired the appellate-related committees of both the statewide Missouri Bar and the local Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Jonathan was born in 1981 in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a 2003 graduate of the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Meredith, reside in the Plaza area of Kansas City.

About Jonathan Sternberg

Admitted: 2007, Missouri

Professional Webpage: www.sternberg-law.com/about

Honors/Awards:

  • "Up & Coming Lawyer," Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice, 2015-2019, Criminal Defense, 2016-2017
  • "Top 40 Under 40," The National Trial Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • "Top 100," The National Trial Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • "Best of the Bar," Kansas City Business Journal, 2013-2016
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2014-present
  • Who's Who in America, 2011-present
  • Peer review rated "AV® Preeminent™" by Martindale-Hubbell®, 2012-present
  • Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, class of 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Missouri Bar, 2007-present: Civil Practice & Procedure Commitee (Vice Chair, 2012-2016), Appellate Practice Subcommittee (Chair, 2012-2016)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008-present: Board of Directors (2016), CLE Advisory Committee (2015-2016), Section of Civil Litigation (President, 2016; President-Elect, 2015), Appellate Practice Committee (Chair, 2017, 2011-2014; Vice-Chair, 2009-2010)
  • American Bar Association, 2007-present: Council of Appellate Lawyers, Section of Litigation, Appellate Practice Committee
  • Kansas Bar Association, 2013-present: Appellate Practice Section
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2013-present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Oral and Written Advocacy for Bankruptcy Practitioners", Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association (Kansas City, Kan.), 2018
  • "Ethical Issues in Deciding Whether to Appeal", Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2018
  • "Appellate Practice Update", University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (St. Louis, Mo.), 2018
  • "New State and Federal Appellate Rules", Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2018
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Missouri Appellate Practice and Procedure", Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2018
  • "Nuts & Bolts of Missouri Appellate Practice & Procedure," Platte County Bar Association (Platte City, Mo.), 2017
  • "Ethical Issues in Deciding Whether to Appeal," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2017
  • "Appellate Practice 101," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Independence, Mo.), 2017
  • "Preparing the Best Briefs and Records for eFiling and eReading," Bench, Bar, and Boardroom Conference, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Branson, Mo.), 2016
  • "Protecting the Record on Appeal and Preserving Issues for Appeal," Bench, Bar, and Boardroom Conference, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Branson, Mo.), 2016
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Missouri Appellate Practice and Procedure," Clay County Bar Association (Liberty, Mo.), 2016
  • "The Art of Persuasive Modern Brief-Writing," Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2016
  • "To Appeal or Not to Appeal; That is the Ethical Question," Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2015
  • "Preparing the Best Briefs and Records for eFiling and eReading," The Missouri Bar (Jefferson City, Mo.), 2015
  • "Constructing a Winning Appeal," The Missouri Bar (Kansas City, Mo.), 2014
  • "Appellate Oral Argument Workshop," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2014
  • "Jones, Jardines, and Fourth Amendment Privacy in the Information Age," Bench, Bar, and Boardroom Conference, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Branson, Mo.), 2014
  • "Making the Best Record on Appeal," Bench, Bar, and Boardroom Conference, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Branson, Mo.), 2014
  • "Review in the Supreme Courts of Missouri and Kansas," Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2014
  • "Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice," Jackson County Law Library (Kansas City, Mo.), 2014
  • "Issues and Ethics in Managing an Appellate Practice," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2014
  • "Electronically Filing 'Tablet-Friendly' Briefs and Records," Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2013
  • "The Law of State and Local Smoking Bans," National Business Institute (Overland Park, Kan.), 2012
  • "Second Annual Oral Argument Workshop," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association / Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District (Kansas City, Mo.), 2012
  • "Basics of Missouri Appellate Practice and Procedure," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2012
  • "Missouri E-Filing from a Practitioner's Perspective," Annual David Prager Appellate Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Kansas City, Mo.), 2012
  • "A Proposal for Modernizing Aspects of Missouri Civil Appellate Procedure," The Missouri Bar (Jefferson City, Mo.), 2012
  • "Oral Argument Workshop," Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association / Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District (Kansas City, Mo.), 2011
  • "Appellate Practice & Procedure in a Nutshell," Clay County Bar Association (Liberty, Mo.), 2011
  • Editor, Practical Aspects of Practicing Law: A Manual for New Missouri Lawyers (The Missouri Bar: 2011) (and author of § 2, The Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan)
  • Author, Deciding Not to Decide: The Judiciary Act of 1925 and the Discretionary Court, 33(1) Journal of Supreme Court History 1 (March 2008)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • G&G Mech. Contractors, Inc. v. Jeff City Indus., Inc., 549 S.W.3d 492 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Commercial - upheld $150,000 award of prejudgment interest on balance due under construction contract, 2018
  • Castleberry v. Debrot, No. 111105 (Kan.) - Medical malpractice - upheld $900,000 wrongful death verdict after physician failed to diagnose impending stroke, 2018
  • In re A.F., 538 S.W.3d 396 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Juvenile/Family - reversed outright the termination of client’s parental rights over his three children, holding there was no evidence of any abuse, neglect, or inability to parent legally justifying a termination, 2018
  • In re Marriage of Speir, 538 S.W.3d 396 (Mo. App. S.D.) - Family - vacated all proceedings in divorce modification and obtained new proceedings before different judge, holding client had right to change of judge that erroneously had been denied, 2018
  • City of Raymore v. O'Malley, 527 S.W.3d 857 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Criminal - representing city, reversed dismissal of city's prosecution of defendant and upheld city's disorderly conduct ordinance as constitutional, 2017
  • State ex rel. Yoest v. McEvoy, 529 S.W.3d 383 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Constitutional - obtained writ commanding county collector to allow clients to bid at tax sales, 2017
  • Combs v. Cordish Cos., 862 F.3d 671 (8th Cir.) - Civil rights - reversed summary judgment dismissing race-discrimination claim against entertainment district, 2017
  • Consolver v. Hotze, No. 110483 (Kan.) - Tort - reinstated $100,000 attorney fee award that lower appellate court had overturned, 2017
  • Doe v. Hughes, No. WD79064 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Tort - upheld $9 million judgment for disabled woman who repeatedly was raped by her caregiver's husband, 2016
  • Gray v. United States, 833 F.3d 919 (8th Cir.) - Criminal - obtained resentencing for client convicted and sentenced for possessing twice drug quantity he actually did, 2016
  • State ex inf. White ex rel. Clements v. Cacioppo, No. 16CY-CV01441 (Cir. Ct. of Clay County, Mo.) - Municipal - defeated prosecutor’s and mayor’s attempt to obtain writ of quo warranto ousting city councilman, 2016
  • Bereal v. Bajaj, 371 P.3d 349 (Kan. App.) - Medical malpractice - obtained new trial for client paralyzed by air injected into his heart during routine procedure, 2016
  • Perren v. Perren, 475 S.W.3d 741 (Mo. App. S.D.) - Family - upheld restraining order protecting client from brother who had attacked and severely injured him, 2015
  • Greer v. Sysco Food Sys., 475 S.W.3d 655 (Mo. banc) - Worker's compensation - overruled 20 years of case law to uphold $100,000 award for severely injured claimant, 2015
  • Whelan Sec. Co. v. Kennebrew, 477 S.W.3d 148 (Mo. App. E.D.) - Employment - reversed $235,000 summary judgment against former employee accused of violating non-compete agreement, 2015
  • In re Alternate Fuels, Inc., 789 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir.) - Bankruptcy - reversed denial of secured creditor's $3.8 million claim, 2015
  • State v. Capone, 344 P.3d 970 (Kan. App.) - Criminal - vacated felony DWI conviction and sentence, 2015
  • In re Adoption of C.T.P., 452 S.W.3d 705 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Family - prevented wife's former paramour from claiming child custody in husband's stepparent adoption, 2014
  • March v. Midwest St. Louis LLC, 417 S.W.3d 248 (Mo. banc) - Tort - upheld trial court's grant of new trial for personal injury plaintiff due to perjury that lower court had overturned, 2014
  • D.S.K. ex rel. J.J.K. v. D.L.T., 428 S.W.3d 655 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Family - Clarified custody rights of husband who raised children born of wife's extramarital affair, 2013
  • State v. Fleming, 286 P.3d 239 (Kan. App.) - Criminal - Overturned client's felony theft conviction as unconstitutionally multiplicitous (double jeopardy), 2012
  • Whelan Sec. Co. v. Kennebrew, 379 S.W.3d 835 (Mo. banc) - Employment - Defended trial court’s ruling that non-compete covenants against client were invalidly overbroad, 2012
  • Rinehart v. Bateman, 363 S.W.3d 357 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Tax - Restored 149,000% reduction in agricultural landowner’s property tax that lower court had overturned, 2012
  • Bateman v. Platte Cnty., 363 S.W.3d 39 (Mo. banc) - Land use - Restored judgment declaring road to be private easement, which lower court had overturned, 2012
  • D.R. Sherry Constr., Ltd. v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 316 S.W.3d 899 (Mo. banc) - Insurance - Restored policyholder’s $475,000 verdict against its insurer that a lower appellate court had overturned, 2010
  • Mid-Mo. Waste Sys. v. LaFarge N. Am., Case No. 09-3485 (8th Cir.) - Commercial - Our brief for plaintiff who had lost at trial led to major multinational corporation settling on appeal, 2010
  • Phan v. State, Case No. 0816-CV36955 (Mo. 16th Cir.) - Criminal - Vacated decade-old felony conviction and 13-year prison sentence; prosecution did not appeal, 2009
  • In re Estate of Bell, 316 S.W.3d 899 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Estate - Overturned $325,000 settlement forced on beneficiary of estate worth more than twice that amount, 2009
  • City of Kan. City v. Carlson, 292 S.W.3d 368 (Mo. App. W.D.) - Municipal - Questioned whether city could prohibit bars from allowing smoking indoors when state law permitted bars to do so, 2009
  • Kinnaman-Carson v. Westport Ins. Corp., 283 S.W.3d 761 (Mo. banc) - Insurance - Required insurance company to pay injured couple their $1,700,000 judgment against its policholder, 2009
  • Doe v. Merritt, 261 S.W.3d 672 (Mo. App. S.D.) - Constitutional - Required state to delete person from its "sex offender" registry who it had added retroactively, 2008

Representative Clients:

  • National and international corporations (Fannie Mae, The Hartford, The Weitz Company)
  • Large regional corporations (Commerce Bank, Price Chopper)
  • Numerous small businesses
  • Numerous individuals

Educational Background:

  • B.A., History, with honors, University of Kansas, 2003
Office Location for Jonathan Sternberg

2323 Grand Boulevard
Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Last Updated: 7/23/2018

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