It is midnight or 4:00 a.m. There, in the faint blue glow of the computer screen, is the Monnat & Spurrier lawyer quietly plying the disciplined study, long range strategizing and innovation that launches the action of all successful courtroom battles. Since its genesis, the firm has recognized the risk of the busy trial lawyer, scrambling from one courtroom to another without time for long range planning, investigation or research. By limiting the number of cases we accept and always employing at least one legal scholar who does nothing but legal research and writing, Monnat & Spurrier avoids the traps that can sidetrack the courtroom win.
Monnat & Spurrier lawyers are trial lawyers who regularly try “bet your life” cases to juries throughout the state of Kansas. Monnat & Spurrier lawyers do not count on quick plea bargains or “snitch” deals. Monnat & Spurrier lawyers are more likely out in the alley with a private eye looking for evidence or in the courthouse litigating creative motions and trying cases to juries.
Monnat & Spurrier lawyers strive to emulate the courage of the Nation’s founding fathers. We do so by embracing the opportunity to provide every accused - from the man, woman or child next door to the unpopular person, company or cause - the right to jury trial guaranteed by the Constitution. We do so by confronting unjust practices, procedures and people with the latest innovations of the law, science and technology. We do so by fighting whomever we need to fight to achieve justice for our client.
Monnat & Spurrier lawyers know that if we want the jury to care about our client, the lawyer and law firm must care about the client too. Thus, the client, the client’s family and everyone at Monnat & Spurrier will spend countless hours together learning to know and understand each other so that, together, we can help the jury understand us and why our client should win the case on trial. We know that we stand with other human beings during some of the darkest hours of their lives. We want to bring to that moment the humanity, understanding and enlightenment the client deserves.
Relentlessly, we live by these words: Thought, Action, Courage and Care.
Monnat & Spurrier is privileged to have the unique assistance of Grace X. Wu-Monnat as its Office Manager and Trial Consultant.
Grace X. Wu-Monnat was born in Shanghai, China, to an ancestry rich in the traditions of the Chinese martial arts. At age 3, Grace began training with two of China’s most famous and influential martial artists, her grandfather, Grandmaster Wang Ziping, and her mother, China’s national martial arts champion and among the first generation of Women’s Grandmasters Professor Madam Wang Jurong. Grace received her B.A. in Chinese Martial Arts from Shanghai Teachers University and her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University.
Kung Fu Fighting
The Sunflower – Wichita State University
October 2, 2007
by Schaeffer Bonner
A look at Wichita State students who study Kung Fu from an international master, Grace Wu-Monnat.
Chris Smith has been with Monnat & Spurrier since 1998. She holds her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. Ms. Smith works in the office part-time, assisting the office manager in various capacities.
Jean Berberet joined the firm in November 2012 and works as a Legal Assistant to Sal Intagliata. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, and later earned her Paralegal Certificate from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Berberet is professionally certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants as a Paralegal and holds an Advanced Paralegal Certification in Criminal Litigation.
Ashley Triana joined the firm in August 2014 and works as Legal Assistant to Dan Monnat and Matthew Gorney. Ms. Triana graduated from Newman University with an Associate Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Prior experience includes working as a Legal File Clerk for one of the biggest law firms in Kansas.
Tina Schuman was trained in customer service by the experts at The Walt Disney Company, where she worked as a Disney Cast Member at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, during high school and college. Ms. Schuman now enhances the experience of each Monnat & Spurrier client by doubling as the firm’s Receptionist and as a Legal Assistant.
Jennifer Leggio joined our firm in May 2015 as a Legal Assistant to Trevor Riddle and Dan Monnat. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from WSU and Master Degree in Business Law from Friends University. Her experience as a Legal Assistant includes criminal defense, white-collar criminal defense, and civil litigation matters. Prior work includes eight years as a Docket Clerk for the Wichita Municipal Court.
Linh Toan has supported Monnat & Spurrier’s office staff since August 2014, working as a Runner and assisting with other office tasks. He is a senior at Wichita State University completing a double major in mathematics and philosophy, with a minor in physics. Mr. Toan has been studying Chinese martial arts at the Grace Wu Kung Fu School since 2008.