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.

Our staff


Staff - Grace Wu Monnat

Grace Wu-Monnat

Office Manager

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

Martial artist garners lifetime achievement award – WSU Foundation & Alumni Engagement
June 7, 2024
WSU Foundation Blog
Grace (Xiaogao) Wu-Monnat ’91 garnered lifetime achievement accolades at the 2024 Tiger Claw Elite competition for her career as an elite martial artist and spirited promoter of wude (martial ethics).

Wichita martial arts instructor honored with lifetime achievement award in kung fu – Wichita Eagle
May 14, 2024
by Taylor Eldridge
A longtime Wichita resident recently received one of the country’s most prestigious honors in
martial arts.

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.

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Chris Smith

Accounts Payable and Billing

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.

Gina Wehby

Legal Assistant to Dan Monnat and the Firm

Gina Wehby joined our firm in August 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Kansas. She also completed medico-legal coursework at Drake University (undergraduate) and Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice (master’s level), and attended Saint Louis University College of Law, where she completed law and health law coursework. Ms. Wehby has a keen interest and enjoyment in legal research and writing.

Staff - Julie Woodring
Julie Woodring

Legal Assistant to Eli O’Brien

Julie Woodring joined our firm in January of 2020. She received her B.A. in Psychology from William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College in Towson, MD. After a career in education at the Kansas School for the Blind, the Shawnee Mission Autistic program, as owner/operator of a private daycare, and as adjunct professor at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS; Ms. Woodring joined Andreas Law Office in Winfield, gaining experience in both civil and criminal law.