Overview
Experience

Kenneth (“Kenny”) Sprenger helps companies and individuals resolve civil lawsuits or claims brought against them.  Insurance carriers and corporate and individual clients in various industries (trucking and transportation, hospitality, retail, medical, manufacturing, etc.) know Kenny will work diligently and creatively to assess, defend, and resolve their claims.

From 2005-2012, Kenny was a trial attorney with a national firm practicing in commercial litigation and insurance defense.  He came to Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer in 2012, where he continues his hard work for his clients.

Clients expect and deserve frequent communication.  Kenny’s clients always know the status of their case and they know what’s coming up next.

Over his 16 years in practice, Kenny has learned that one key to representing his clients and resolving cases is early identification of key liability and damages issues.  Clients trust him to advise them as to which claims can and should be settled early.  At the same time, they know Kenny is ready, willing, and able to zealously advocate for them through trials and appeals.  In 2015, Kenny was recognized as part of the team that obtained the largest trial defense verdict in Missouri.

Kenny has an amazing wife and two wonderful children.  He is a passionate hunter and outdoorsman, enjoys sports, and volunteers with community organizations.

Representative Matters

Black & Veatch Corp. v. Strongwell Corp.
Venue: U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri Randy Scheer, Jacob Sappington and Kenneth Sprenger successfully defended this $140 million construction defect case for a leading manufacturer of pultruded FRP products. After a three-week jury trial, the SWR team obtained a complete defense verdict and judgment was entered in favor of his client. This verdict was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as the largest defense verdict in Missouri in 2015.
Sell v. Carlisle Power
Venue: Missouri Court of Appeals (Southern District) Kenneth Sprenger represented a local manufacturing company in this case. Plaintiff, an employee of an independent contractor of our client, slipped on a ladder while fixing a hydraulic leak at the firm’s client’s plant. After recovering workers’ compensation benefits from his employer, plaintiff sued our client – the plant owner – in tort. On behalf of the defendant-plant, we argued throughout the lawsuit, including at trial and in post-trial motions, that plaintiff was a statutory employee of the defendant-plant and was therefore barred under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law from asserting his tort claims. Although the trial court rejected this defense and entered a money judgment in plaintiff’s favor, we appealed the judgment and secured a reversal of the judgment from the the Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Missouri, which held that the statutory employment doctrine barred plaintiff’s claims.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Drury University, Adjunct Faculty, 2006
  • Springfield Area Baseball Association, Vice-President, 2012-2016
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (2005-2016)
  • Lutheran Family & Children’s Services (Advisory Board, 2016-2019)

Recognitions

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Largest Verdicts & Settlements for 2015 – recognized for obtaining the Largest Defense Verdict in Missouri in 2015
  • “Pass the Discretion Please–the Supreme Court Defers to State Legislatures in Interpreting What is Left of the Eighth Amendment’s Proportionality Principle,” Arkansas Law Review, 2005