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Dan Monnat Featured in
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Sal Intagliata Elected Vice President of Wichita Bar Association
July 5, 2012
(WICHITA, Kan.) - Sal Intagliata has been elected Vice President of the Wichita Bar Association for the 2012-2013 term. The WBA has more than 1,300 attorneys and judges as members.
Intagliata also sits on the Board of Governors of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) for the 2012-2014 term.
Dan Monnat Honored by Chambers USA 2012 as One of Kansas’ Most Notable Litigation Lawyers
June 18, 2012
(WICHITA, Kan.) - Dan Monnat has been named by Chambers USA 2012 as one of Kansas’ most notable litigators in the areas of white-collar crime and government investigations. According to the publication’s editorial report, Monnat “enjoys a burgeoning reputation for his astute handling of white-collar criminal matters.” Chambers also describes Monnat as "very thorough and diligent in his research, preparation and presentation..."
Lawyers are researched and ranked by Chambers USA based on legal ability, client service, business acumen, diligence, and professional conduct. Rankings also reflect pre-eminence in the attorney’s key practice area and achievement in the past year.
Jon McConnell Nominated for "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year"
Feb. 23, 2012
(WICHITA, Kan.) - Helping raise funds for blood cancer research, Jon McConnell is a finalist for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man the Year. The Man & Woman of the Year finalists have kicked off
a 10-week fundraising competition to earn the ultimate title of Man & Woman of the Year. Between
now and May 5, 2012, each "vote" for Jon is a $1 pledge for LLS, the largest national voluntary health
organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. Votes and
secure donations can be made at Jon McConnell's LLS Man of the Year webpage.
Candidates raise funds in honor of the Girl and Boy of the Year, in this case Mikala Hodgens, a 9-year-old
with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and Joseph Bacon, a 6 year-old with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
"Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer," McConnell said. "Fundraisers
create hope for a cure, plus generate funds to improve the quality of life of patients and families. I am
extremely proud to be helping in this cause and appreciate the support of my friends and colleagues in
"Monnat & Spurrier Earns Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings Among U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
October 28, 2011
(WICHITA, Kan.) - "“Best Law Firms" - a listing produced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers - has awarded Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered with metropolitan first-tier rankings in two practice areas: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; and Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation.
"Best Law Firms" is the latest in U.S. News' series of consumer guides that include rankings of hospitals, colleges, graduate schools, and more. U.S. News teamed with Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, to rank each practice area by tiers. In surveys, law firm clients and leading lawyers were asked what factors they considered vital for clients who hire firms, and for lawyers who choose firms to refer legal matters to.
Best Lawyers Honors Dan Monnat as Wichita White-Collar Lawyer of the Year
October 21, 2011
(WICHITA, Kan.) - Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Dan Monnat, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, as the "Wichita Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. In each major market, only one lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty is honored as the Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year."
Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting lengthy peer-review surveys in which lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers for legal ability, integrity, pro bono service and achievement. The lawyers honored as "Lawyers of the Year” received particularly high ratings in the surveys. In addition to his Lawyer of the Year designation for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Monnat was also recognized in the fields of criminal defense and appellate defense.
Dan Monnat Named to Best Lawyers in America for 24th Year
August 31, 2011
(WICHITA, Kan.) For the 24th consecutive year, Dan Monnat, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America®. In this 2012 edition, Monnat was selected for inclusion in three fields: criminal defense, white collar criminal defense and appellate defense. The publication bases its selection on a confidential, nationwide peer survey, rating attorneys for professional competency, legal scholarship, pro bono service, and achievement.
Dan Monnat Named to the International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers 2011
March 29, 2011
The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers 2011 has named Dan
Monnat one of the world's leading practitioners in business crime defense.
The publication is a strategic research partner of the American Bar
Association's Section of International Law.
Monnat has practiced in Wichita for nearly 35 years, handling criminal and
white-collar criminal cases attracting international attention. Last fall,
he was named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
"It's a supreme honor to be recognized among this worldwide group of
exemplary lawyers," Monnat said. "Legal actions in Kansas can have
potential global impact. That's why we work so diligently to protect
jurisprudence in Kansas, in the hope that it may become a model
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Names Monnat Fellow
November 15, 2010
Dan Monnat has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious invitation-only organization. Membership in IATL is by peer and judicial review, and limited to only 500 active trial lawyers in the United States, plus 100 Fellows from more than 30 countries worldwide.
The Academy honors only those who have achieved a career of excellence through superior skill in trial and appellate practice. Fellows must distinguish themselves by promoting the best interests of the justice system and exhibiting unimpeachable personal and professional character and integrity.
"One of the Academy's missions is to honor and protect the American jury system and elevate the standards of integrity and civility in the legal profession and judiciary," Monnat said. "I am honored to play a role in protecting our system of jurisprudence. I am also encouraged by the Academy's China Program, which brings young Chinese lawyers to the U.S. to learn about our system of justice. These lawyers then return to China to develop legislative and economic infrastructure, helping that great country become a nation ruled by sound and predictable legal principles."
Monnat & Spurrier Earns
Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms Inaugural Edition
Sept 15, 2010
In the inaugural edition of Best Law Firms -- produced by U.S. News & World
Report and Best Lawyers -- the Wichita, Kan. firm of Monnat & Spurrier,
Chartered has earned metropolitan first-tier rankings in two practice areas:
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. The
first tier includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of
the highest-scoring firms.
The Loneliness of the Kansas Constitution, Part II
By Dan Monnat and Paige Nichols, Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice, May 2011.
How to Free a 'Guilty' Client by Arguing Entrapment by Estoppel
By Dan Monnat and Paige Nichols, published in The Champion, December, 2010.
Recent News Stories:
Ex-Garden Plain coach seeks to dismiss child-sex charges
The Wichita Eagle
By Tim Potter
June 8, 2012
The defense attorney for a former Garden Plain football coach charged with child sex crimes is arguing that an undercover detective entrapped the coach and that he didn’t solicit anyone.
Defense attorney Dan Monnat is making the argument in a motion...
Garden Plain coach bound over for trial
May 17, 2012
Puetz lawyer, Dan Monnat, called for the charges to be dropped claiming police crossed a line by calling him and luring him back to the home…
Doctor pleads no contest in accident where he drove with body on car
The Wichita Eagle
By Deb Gruver and Tim Potter
April 25, 2012
...Mohammad Sarrafizadeh's lawyer, Dan Monnat, maintained during
the case that the doctor, who surrendered his medical license, suffered a
stroke that morning and said that respected physicians "have regarded the
evidence and the testing as sufficient to conclude that he had a stroke at
the time of the accident and his condition continues to deteriorate."
Sarrafizadeh was driving his 22-year-old daughter, who is severely
mentally disabled, to her special-needs school the morning of the accident,
Monnat has said. Police said Martinez-Limon was working near the street
when a minivan struck him at about 7:15 a.m. near a Hawker Beechcraft
plant entrance. Police arrested Sarrafizadeh the next day.
Sarrafizadeh pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of vehicular
homicide on Friday. A judge sentenced him immediately to a 12-month
suspended jail sentence and a year of non-reporting probation. He also
had faced a felony - failure to stop at an accident resulting in death - but
prosecutors dropped that charge. Monnat thanked the district attorney's
office for "permitting this simplified final resolution."
Asked what he meant by that comment, Monnat said his client's "condition
is such that he’s not up to additional litigation. We needed to resolve it
for that reason, and the DA worked out a plea agreement with us and
permitted him not to contest the misdemeanor case against him."
Garden Plain coach charged today in sex case
The Wichita Eagle / Kansas.com
BY TIM POTTER
November 7, 2011
A Garden Plain teacher and football coach was charged today on three sex-related charges following what police described as a sting operation…After the court appearance, Dan Monnat, defense attorney, gave this statement: "The charges today show why it is critical for the public to continue to honor the presumption of innocence…
Attorney: Coach accused of human trafficking "entitled to the presumption of innocence"
October 27, 2011
(GARDEN PLAIN, Kan)-- Renwick School District Superintendent Tracy Bourne says the focus this week is on the students …
Attorneys say charges filed against doctor who hit landscaper with van
Kansas CW TV
October 24, 2011
Dan Monnat and Sal Intagliata of Monnat & Spurrier, lawyers for Dr. Sarrafizadeh, released the following statement Monday afternoon: “The sincere ...
You don't say
April 23, 2011
"... he spoke with conviction and passion about the value of the American Constitution and the rule of law in the United States, and you couldn't help thinking that if you ever got into serious trouble with the police, you'd want him at your side."
- Stephen Singular, author of the new "The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle Over Abortion," on Tiller attorney Dan Monnat
tosses confession, evidence in murder case
BY RON SYLVESTER
December 2, 2010
A judge said Wednesday that if prosecutors take Sam Holton to trial on
double murder charges,
they will do so without most of the evidence seized at his house and his
Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman ruled that Wichita police
illegally entered Holtons home in
Mulvane to arrest him in connection with two killings last Thanksgiving.
In doing so, Kaufman said, detectives tainted any evidence they would later
Sal Intagliata, Holtons lawyer, asked the judge to suppress the evidence
said that by entering
the house without permission, Wichita police violated search and seizure
protections under the Fourth
Amendment For full story, click
Jury: Tiller not guilty on all counts
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WICHITA, Kansas It took years to bring the case
to trial, but it took a jury less than an hour of deliberating to find Dr.
George Tiller not guilty of the 19 charges he faced for allegedly breaking
Kansas' late-term abortion law.
We have just been looking for
someone brave enough to say 'this has to stop, Dr. Tiller is not guilty' and now
we have found those six brave people in the jury that reached a verdict of not
guilty on all counts, said Tiller's attorney,
click here for complete story
Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor in a Late-Term Abortion Case
March 28, 2009
It's been a long ordeal for his patients, Dr. Tiller and his family the
lead defense lawyer, Dan Monnat,
said Friday outside the courtroom. They are just happy it's over.
click here for complete story
Doctor acquitted by Kansas jury in late-term abortion trial
"Dr. Tiller and his family are just happy
it's over, with an eminently just result. This whole trial was political," said
lead defense attorney
He praised "these six brave souls" as refusing to be swayed by the politics of
the abortion debate in Kansas, where passions on the issue run high.
click here for complete story
Tiller's team also had passion on its side. Disney was clearly committed to the
case, but his courtroom demeanor was not marked by the same sharp tenacity as
the defendant's lead counsel,
The state seemed outgunned. click to read article
Murder case dismissed against southwest Kansas pair
Next week, Chad and Shannon Floyd will be able to relax in western Kansas free
of the murder charges that dogged them for the past three years. The
husband and wife are set to meet with a judge in Johnson City, about five hours
west of Wichita in southwest Kansas, on Monday to sign a final order of
dismissal in a murder case against them that's dragged through two trials that
ended without a verdict.