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600 Washington Avenue
15th Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63101-1313Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 314-231-3332
Toll Free: 800-225-5529
www.sandbergphoenix.com
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About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
High Profile Cases
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Established: 1979

Practice Areas
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Banking
  • Business and Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate and Tax Planning
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Liability
  • Homeowners
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Hospitals
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Long-Term Care
  • Mass Tort
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trucking Industry Defense
  • Health Law
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About Us
Established in 1979, Sandberg Phoenix is consistently rated one of the St. Louis area's top law firms, and recently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms national survey as a Top-Tier law firm. With more than 100 attorneys across seven offices in Missouri and Illinois, our work is concentrated in the areas of Business, Business Litigation, Health Law, and Products Liability. As a recognized and respected firm, we are called upon to work with in-house corporate counsel and various independent firms. Sandberg Phoenix stands behind our promise to provide superior client service with a rare client service guarantee, ensuring that every client receives timely, responsive and cost-effective legal services.
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Additional Locations
Alton, Illinois
2410 State Street
Alton, Illinois 62002
Telephone: 618-467-1500
Carbondale, Illinois
2015 West Main, Suite 111
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Telephone: 618-351-7200
St. Louis, Missouri
120 South Central Avenue
Suite 1420
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Telephone: 314-725-9100
Edwardsville, Illinois
101 West Vandalia Street, 3rd Floor
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Telephone: 618-659-9861
O'Fallon, Illinois
475 Regency Park
Suite 175
O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
Telephone: 618-397-2721
Overland Park, Kansas
7450 West 130th Street
Suite 140
Overland Park, Kansas 66213
Telephone: 913-851-8484
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIGCNA Insurance Companies
The Doctors CompanyIllinois State Medical Insurance Services, Inc.
Liberty InternationalLloyd's
Non-Insurance Clients
American Honda Motor Company, Inc.Beverly Enterprises, Inc.
BJC HealthcareHonda North America, Inc.
St. Louis Children's HospitalSix Flags Theme Parks, Inc.
Tenet HealthSystemToyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
United Rentals, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Founding Members
John S. Sandberg
St. Louis, MO
Telephone:314-446-4214
Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Tort Liability
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1972
  • Illinois, 1973
Shareholder, Founding Member and Managing Partner.
Memberships:
  • American and Mound City Bar Associations
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1970
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1972
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G. Keith Phoenix
St. Louis, MO
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Tort
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1974
  • Illinois
Founding Member of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. Instrumental in client development. During 17 of the firm's 32 year history, Keith has been either the president or has served on the firm's Management Committee.



Memberships:
  • Illinois State and St. Clair County Bar Associations
  • Lawyer's Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (President, 1986-1987)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Missouri-Southern Illinois Chapter 1993-1994)
  • Network of Trial Law Firms (Executive Committee, 1995-2000)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.S. (Dean's List), 1968
  • Saint Louis University, J.D. (cum laude), 1973
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Peter von Gontard
St. Louis, MO
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Tort Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1973
  • Illinois, 1974
Shareholder and Founding Member.
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State, St. Clair County, Madison County, East St. Louis and Alton-Woodriver-Jerseyville Bar Associations
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1973
Born:1948
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Shareholders
Jennifer Miller-LouwDouglas Whitlock
Timothy O'LearyPhil Graham
David NeiersRonald Marney
Timm SchowalterJonathan Ries
Kenneth W. BeanReed W. Sugg
Warren W. DavisMary Anne Mellow
Kathleen L. PineKevin P. Krueger
Scott GreenbergAndrew R. Kasnetz
Rodney M. SharpStephen M. Strum
Lyndon P. SommerTeresa D. Bartosiak
Anthony L. MartinKeith D. Price
Anthony SoukenikDiane S. Robben
Martin L. DaeschMichael W. Forster
Thomas E. Berry, Jr.Jonathan T. Barton
Timothy P. DuganJeffrey L. Dunn
Russell L. MakepeaceMark A. Prost
Philip J. LadingBobbie J. Moon
Andrew D. RyanBhavik R. Patel
Aaron D. FrenchA. Courtney Cox
Tim SansoneLorraine Cavataio
David HoffmanJohn Gilbert
Apollo CareyClayton Kuhn
Natalie KussartTimothy Niedbalski
Counsel
David JonesDavid Helfrey
Jonathan McCraryNick Van Deven
Joel GreenSue Schultz
Tom LongRichard Stockenberg
Laurie WrightAmanda McNelley

Additional Links
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High Profile Cases
In a three week trial featuring nine plaintiff’s experts and five defense experts, the Health Law Group obtained a defense verdict in an obstetric medical malpractice case alleging failure to obtain informed consent, failure to properly interpret fetal monitoring strips, and failure to perform a timely caesarian section, resulting in a child’s cerebral palsy and mental retardation. Plaintiffs claimed $13.46 million in future medical expense and lost wage.

The Health Law Group obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a pediatric emergency room wrongful death case alleging that the physician and nurse practitioner failed to properly interpret laboratory studies and failed to diagnose bacterial meningitis. Plaintiffs claimed $1.5 million in pecuniary losses.

Obtained a defense verdict in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, Missouri, in a medical negligence case alleging failure to diagnose and treat a migrated feeding tube, leading to peritonitis and death. The verdict was recognized as one of Missouri’s ten largest defense verdicts in 2013.

Obtained a judgment in Madison County, Illinois, declaring that there was no duty to indemnify the insured on her first party property loss and no duty to defend or indemnify her against the claims of the multiple homeowner carriers asserting property damage claims valued at more than $1 million.

Regular representation of group benefits insurer in benefits coverage litigation in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.

Representation of national title insurer in first and third party coverage litigation.

Retained by commercial general liability (CGL) insurer to defend multi-million dollar bad faith case resulting in favorable settlement in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

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