About Kenneth A. Sprenger

Kenny spent seven years as a trial and litigation attorney with a large national firm practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, tort litigation, and insurance litigation. Kenny joined Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer in 2012 and continues to primarily focus on defending, negotiating, and trying claims and lawsuits in the areas of products liability, transportation liability, premises liability, and medical and professional malpractice. His practice also includes general commercial law, contract law, and construction law. He has successfully represented clients in industries including trucking and transportation, hospitality, manufacturing, medical, and insurance. He has successfully represented clients in trials and has achieved favorable settlements for his clients in hundreds of cases.

  • Education

    J.D., University of Arkansas, cum laude, 2005

    • Law Review, 2004-2005
    Downing College, University of Cambridge, Summer Law Session, 2004
    B.A., Harding University, 2002

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    Missouri, 2005
    Arkansas, 2015
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2005
    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-present)

  • Awards & Publications

    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

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • 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.