WICHITA, Kan. – Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, is proud to announce that all six of the firm’s attorneys’ have been honored by Best Lawyers in America® 2021. The attorneys, and the practice areas in which they were recognized, are:

Dan Monnat, who has been honored by the publication for 33 consecutive years, was named to the Best Lawyers list in four distinct practice areas: Criminal Defense-General Practice; Criminal Defense-White Collar; Bet-the-Company Litigation; and Appellate Practice.

Monnat has practiced in Wichita for more than 40 years. A graduate of California State University, Monnat holds a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law and is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College.

Stan Spurrier, a legal scholar who co-founded the firm with Monnat in 1985, was recognized in the areas of: Appellate Practice; Criminal Defense: General Practice; and Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

Spurrier earned his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Washburn University School of Law.

Trevor Riddle earned his fourth consecutive listing in Best Lawyers in the practice area of Criminal Defense: General Practice. A shareholder at Monnat & Spurrier who has practiced for 15 years, Riddle has earned a statewide reputation for handling scientific witnesses such as forensic laboratory technicians, doctors, biomechanical engineers and other experts.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Riddle earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with an emphasis in the philosophy of science. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Sal Intagliata earned his sixth consecutive listing in Best Lawyers in three individual practice areas: Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and DUI/DWI Defense. His career includes 21 years as a distinguished criminal defense attorney in private practice, as well as four years as a Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted cases in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division.

A shareholder in Monnat & Spurrier, Intagliata earned his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Kansas. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 1995.

Matthew Gorney is an associate with the firm whose practice includes criminal defense, DUI defense and appellate work. He was selected to the Best Lawyers list in the practice area of Criminal Defense: General Practice.

Formerly a professional journalist, Gorney graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and Technology. He simultaneously earned a master’s degree in journalism from KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University majoring in journalism with a minor in Leadership Studies.

Eli O’Brien is an associate attorney whose primary practice includes defense of serious felony accusations, as well as DUI and DWI cases. He was honored by Best Lawyers in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

Before joining Monnat & Spurrier in 2015, O’Brien was a trial attorney with the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office. A graduate of Washburn University School of Law, O’Brien also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Emporia State University.

“Selection to Best Lawyers in America is based on a survey of attorneys across the region,” said firm president Dan Monnat. “The process is designed to elicit substantive evaluations of each attorney, evaluated by peers who are in the best position to evaluate the professional conduct and capabilities of their colleagues. While we may be adversaries in the courtroom, it is a singular honor to know that our fellow members of the bar hold each member of our firm in such high esteem.”

Monnat & Spurrier was founded in 1985 by Dan Monnat and legal scholar Stan Spurrier. The firm has earned an international reputation for its work in criminal defense, white-collar criminal defense and appellate practice.

Dan Monnat, one of the Wichita area’s most noted criminal defense attorneys, has been named a top-10 Super Lawyer for 2019 in Kansas and Missouri by the national ratings service.

It’s the second top 10 for Monnat, who has practiced 45 years and lists successful defenses for abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and a man wrongfully accused of being the serial killer known as BTK.

“I’m truly honored and humbled by this recognition from Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers,” Monnat said in a statement. “It has always been my great privilege to uphold the Constitution and protect and defend the rights of those accused. After nearly 45 years of practice, I remain as passionate as ever about winning each client’s case through a relentless combination of thought, action, courage and care.”

Monnat is a member of the board of editors for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and its the KTLA’s criminal law chair. He’s also a frequent lecturer nationally on criminal defense issues.