Jonathan Sternberg is an appellate lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri. He focuses his practice on civil and criminal appellate litigation at all points of a case, including briefing and arguing appeals, writs, post-judgment and post-conviction proceedings, and similar matters, as well as advising trial attorneys on procedure and strategy.
Since opening his practice immediately after his admission to the bar in 2007, Jonathan has represented businesses and individuals in dozens of 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 exceeds $290 million. His clients have included everything from Fortune 500® companies to indigent people. He has written more than 160 appellate briefs and presented more than 75 appellate oral arguments, including eleven 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 The Best Lawyers in America© for Appellate Practice in 2015-2017 and Criminal Defense in 2016-2017, Jonathan was the only solo practitioner who Missouri Lawyers Weekly selected as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" in 2009, was named to the Kansas City Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" list from 2013-2015, and was named by The National Trial Lawyers to both its "Top 100" and "Top 40 Under 40" lists from 2013-2015. He has been listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015, previously was listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" from 2010-2013, and has received Martindale-Hubbell®'s highest peer review rating, "AV® Preeminent™," every year since 2012. Jonathan has chaired the appellate-related committees of both the statewide Missouri Bar and the local Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, where he presently serves as President of the Section of Civil Litigation and on the Board of Directors.
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 Kansas City's Plaza area.
In re Alternate Fuels, Inc., 789 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir. 2015) — Reversed denial of majority shareholder’s $3.8 million secured claim on corporation’s bankruptcy estate; held client’s loans could not be recharacterized as equity infusions and secured claim could not be equitably subordinated; required bankruptcy court to allow the $3.8 million claim as the only secured claim in the bankruptcy.
March v. Midwest St. Louis, LLC, 417 S.W.3d 248 (Mo. banc 2014) — Restored grant of a new trial for a personal injury plaintiff that a lower appellate court had overturned
D.R. Sherry Constr., Ltd. v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 316 S.W.3d 899 (Mo. banc 2010) — Restored policyholder’s $475,000 verdict against its insurer that a lower appellate court had overturned
City of Kansas City v. Carlson, 292 S.W.3d 368 (Mo. App. 2009) — Questioned whether city could prohibit bars from allowing smoking indoors when state law permitted bars to do so; challenged the validity of municipal "smoking bans" across Missouri; joined by world's largest premium cigar manufacturer; covered extensively in the media, including the Wall Street Journal.
Kinnaman-Carson v. Westport Ins. Corp., 283 S.W.3d 761 (Mo. banc 2009) — Required insurance company to pay injured couple their $1,700,000 judgment against its policyholder; turned client's total loss at trial into outright victory on appeal.