Dawn Geske Aug. 30, 2016, 1:12pm


EDWARDSVILLE – A total of 23 lawyers from an Illinois- and Missouri-based law firm have been named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list.

The Best Lawyers in America list publishes annually, using a peer review process as well as independent evaluations to name honorees based on an attorney’s ability to provide quality client service and legal ability.

The list of Sandberg Phoenix on the list include several who have consistently been named going as far back as 1999, according to a firm press release. 

“Every year we have more and more attorneys named to the list of Best Lawyers in America, which stems from our focus on recruitment and training,” Phil Lading, managing partner of Sandberg Phoenix told the Record. “We provide extensive mentorship and training to all attorneys in the firm to further enhance their skills, knowledge and legal abilities. On the recruiting front, we are always open to hiring the highest caliber attorneys in their areas of practice to continue to provide the best legal representation to our clients.”

Attorneys named include Kenneth W. Bean for his expertise in health care law, medical malpractice law, and personal injury litigation; A. Courtney Cox for employment law and labor and employment litigation; Warren Davis for his experience in mergers and acquisition law; and Philip Graham for real estate law. All four lawyers have been named to the Best Lawyers in America list in past years.

Also named were Scott Greenberg for his expertise in corporate law; David Hoffman for specializing in defendant product liability litigation; Andrew Kasnetz for commercial litigation; Anthony Martin for mast tort litigation; and Bobbie Moon for health care law. Greenberg, Hoffman, Kasnetz, and Martin were all named to the list in past years and Moon was named for the first time in 2017.

David Niers also was honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America for practicing real estate law, in addition to Timothy O’Leary for commercial litigation; Bhavik Patel for closely held companies and family business law; G. Keith Phoenix for commercial litigation, medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation, and product liability litigation; and Keith Price for real estate law. These attorneys have previously been named to the list with Phoenix having been first selected in 1999.

Rounding out the 23 attorneys honored at Sandberg Phoenix is Mark Prost for his expertise in product liability litigation; Jonathan Ries for commercial litigation, medical malpractice law, and product liability litigation; Andrew Ryan for product liability litigation; John S. Sandberg for commercial litigation, construction litigation, real estate litigation, and product liability litigation; Rodney Sharp for personal injury litigation; Lyndon Sommer for product liability litigation; Stephen M. Strum for his expertise in health care litigation, insurance litigation, and product liability litigation; Peter von Gontard for medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation and product liability litigation; and Richard A. Stockenberg for construction law. Sharp and Somner were named to the Best Lawyers in America list for the first time in 2017, while the remaining attorneys were named in previous years.

Lading attributes having so many attorneys included on the list multiple times to quality client service.

“Our repeat honorees are diverse in experience and legal practice, but the one thing they all have in common is their daily commitment to superior client service. It may sound simple, but treating clients with respect and consistently obtaining positive results ensures long-lasting business relationships, which is mirrored in the awards our attorneys receive such as this recognition in the Best Lawyers in America,” he said.

Sandberg Phoenix has offices in St. Louis, Clayton, and Kansas City, Mo., and Alton, Carbondale, Edwardsville, and O’Fallon.

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Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
101 W Vandalia St
Edwardsville, IL 62025

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