WICHITA, Kan. – The 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America® has honored Dan Monnat and Sal Intagliata, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, for their legal expertise in criminal defense. Monnat was honored in three distinct practice areas: White Collar Criminal Defense; Non-White Collar Criminal Defense; and Appellate Defense. Intagliata was honored in the area of Non-White Collar Criminal Defense.

Best Lawyers in America® has honored Monnat every year since 1989.  This is Intagliata’s first year to join the ranks of Best Lawyers. Inclusion on the Best Lawyers list is based on a confidential, nationwide peer survey that rates attorneys on professional competency, legal scholarship, pro bono service, and achievement.

Dan Monnat has practiced in Wichita for more than 39 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.

A nationally recognized legal scholar and author, Monnat currently sits on the Kansas Association of Justice’ Board of Editors and is the Criminal Law Chair.  He has been designated a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America and the Kansas Bar Foundation.

Monnat served as a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors from 1996 – 2004, and is a two-term past president of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Sal Intagliata’s 20 years of legal experience includes 16 years as a distinguished criminal defense attorney in private practice and four years serving as a Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted cases in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division from 2005-2009. Intagliata returned to private practice with Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, in 2010. His practice focuses on criminal, white-collar criminal, and DUI offenses and appeals in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout Kansas.

Intagliata serves on the Kansas Judicial Council Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Board of Governors of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served as past Vice President of the Wichita Bar Association and past member of its Board of Governors.

Intagliata earned his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Kansas, graduating with dual majors in political science and Spanish. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 1995. Intagliata is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College.