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General Defense

600 Washington Avenue, 15th Floor, St. Louis, Missouri 63101-1313

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
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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 150 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
  • 1405 West Main Street
  • Carbondale, Illinois 62901
    • Telephone: 618-351-7200
  • Clayton, Missouri
  • 120 South Central Avenue, Suite 1600
  • Clayton, 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
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • 4600 Madison Avenue, Suite 1000
  • Kansas City, Missouri 64112
    • Telephone: 816-627-5332

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Beverly Enterprises, Inc.
  • BJC Healthcare
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.
  • Tenet HealthSystem
  • Toyota 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

Years of Experience: 46

Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Tort Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Missouri, 1972
  • Illinois, 1973
Shareholder, Founding Member and Managing Partner. 
  • 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
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1970
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1972

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G. Keith Phoenix

St. Louis, MO

Years of Experience: 45

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Tort
  • 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. 

  • 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
  • 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

Years of Experience: 45

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Tort Liability
  • Missouri, 1973
  • Illinois, 1974
Shareholder and Founding Member.
  • 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
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1973

Born: 1948

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Kenneth W. Bean

Teresa D. Bartosiak

Lorraine Cavataio

Warren W. Davis

Jeffrey L. Dunn

Aaron D. French

A. Fuller Glaser Jr.

John Gilbert

Phil Graham

Scott Gray

Scott Greenberg

Dennis Harms

David Hoffman

David Howard

M. Ann Hutch

Rick Katz

Andrew R. Kasnetz

Kevin P. Krueger

Clayton Kuhn

Natalie Kussart

Philip J. Lading

Nicole Larch

Russell L. Makepeace

Ronald Marney

Mary Anne Mellow

Bobbie J. Moon

McPherson Moore

Stephen Murphy

David Neiers

James Neeld

Timothy Niedbalski

Timothy O'Leary

Bhavik R. Patel

Tracy Beckham Phipps

Kathleen L. Pine

Keith D. Price

Mark A. Prost

Narcisa Przulj

Untress Quinn

Jacqueline Redmond

Diane S. Robben

Andrew D. Ryan

Tim Sansone

Timm Schowalter

Rodney M. Sharp

Jonathan Soifer

Lyndon P. Sommer

Anthony Soukenik

Stephen M. Strum

Reed W. Sugg

Nick Van Deven

Steven Walsh

Don Ward

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Douglas Churovich

A. Courtney Cox

William Cunningham

Michelle Drake

Philip DuPont

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Michael Forster

Patricia D. Gray

Kyle Haubrich

David Helfrey

Thomas Hill

David Jones

James Keller

Cassie Lewendowski

Tom Long

Carl Lothman

Lionel Lucchesi

Anthony L. Martin

James Maschhoff

Jonathan McCrary

Amanda McNelley

J. Joseph Muller

Quinn Murphy

Michelle O'Malley

P. Philip Polster

Kathryn Regier

Edward F. Reilly

Jonathan Ries

Melanie Riley

Lynn Russell

Jason Salinardi

Sue Schultz

Gary Smith

Ann Bodewes Stephens

Richard Stockenberg

Sharon Stolte

Christi Swick

Michael Vitale

Olivia Watters

David Weiss

Terry L. Williams

Laurie Wright

Bad Faith Blog

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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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