Sal Intagliata - Attorney

Sal Intagliata is a Shareholder in Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered. He brings an impressive criminal law background to the firm.

Mr. Intagliata’s first inspiration to defend people accused of crime came during his second year in law school at the University of Kansas when, as both a student and then a student adviser of the Kansas Defender Project, he helped people without money appeal unjust convictions. Having since worked as both a private criminal defense practitioner (1996–2005; 2010–present) and an Assistant District Attorney (2005–2009), Mr. Intagliata has dedicated his career to promoting fairness and excellence within the criminal justice system.

While at the Office of the District Attorney, Mr. Intagliata practiced as a trial attorney in the Gangs and Violent Crimes Division. In private practice, Mr. Intagliata has focused almost exclusively on representing people accused of crimes at both the trial and appellate levels in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout Kansas, as well as in various district courts outside the State.

Mr. Intagliata’s successes include defending people accused of homicide, embezzlement, money laundering, bank robbery, narcotics distribution and possession, firearms offenses, sex offenses, aggravated assault and battery, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

A noted litigator, Mr. Intagliata has been named “Wichita Lawyer of the Year” three times by Best Lawyers in America – first in 2017 for Criminal Defense: General Practice; in 2019 for Criminal Defense: White Collar; and in 2022 for DUI / DWI Defense.


Please remember that past results obtained by Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, attorneys are no guarantee of future results. Each case or matter is different and is judged on its own merits.

State of Kansas v. Mosier, No. 12 CR 468 (Reno County, Kan., Dist. Ct. January 9, 2014): Court dismissed breach of privacy allegation prior to jury trial on defendant’s motion; client found not guilty by jury of rape and lesser included attempted rape; client only convicted by jury of lesser offense of aggravated sexual battery.

State of Kansas v. Chappell, 26 Kan. App. 2d 275, 987 P.2d 1114 (1999): Kansas Court of Appeals reversed client’s convictions of aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy based on trial judge’s and prosecutor’s improper comments regarding the child witness’s ability to tell the truth.

City of Wichita v. Trevino, No. 10 CM 000418 (Wichita, Kan., Mun. Ct. Aug. 17, 2010): Trial judge dismissed prostitution-related charges after prosecutor failed to comply with discovery request.

State of Kansas v. Ralstin, No. 10 CR 43 (Kiowa County, Kan., Dist. Ct. July 21, 2011): Jury verdict of “not guilty” on charge of first-degree, premeditated murder, thwarting prosecutor’s plan to seek client’s imprisonment for 50 years to life; jury convicted client only of lesser offense of second-degree murder, reducing client’s sentencing exposure by decades.

State of Kansas v. Holton, No. 09 CR 3560 (Sedgwick County, Kan., Dist. Ct. Dec. 1, 2010): Trial judge suppressed client’s alleged murder confession and other evidence—including alleged murder weapon and victim’s property—after finding that police illegally arrested client.

United States v. Jones, No. 6:01-CR-10004 (D. Kan. Nov. 14, 2001): Trial judge found client “not guilty” of being a felon in possession of ammunition, overturning jury’s guilty verdict.

State of Kansas v. Shanklin, No. 98 CR 108 (Sedgwick County, Kan., Dist. Ct July 23, 1998): Jury verdict of ”not guilty” on charges of first-degree murder and other crimes arising from a drive-by shooting.

United States v. Poulos (U.S. Parole Comm’n 1997): United States Parole Commission declined to extend federal special parole, and granted request to terminate client’s parole.

State of Kansas v. Roberts, No. 10 CR 1343 (Sedgwick County, Kan. Dist. Ct. 2011): Trial judge in State drug case dismissed case alleging two counts of possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of no drug tax stamp, felony, at the conclusion of preliminary hearing.

City of Newton v. Doe, 10 N 1358 (Newton, Kan., Mun. Ct. Jan. 27, 2011): Trial judge suppressed all evidence of driving under the influence of alcohol; criminal case dismissed with prejudice; driver’s-license suspension dismissed, and client’s driving privileges restored

Honors and Distinctions
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2014 - present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - present
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent, 2014 - present
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement, 2017

Preparatory Education

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (B.A. in Spanish and Political Science, Graduated with Distinction, 1992)

Legal Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas (J.D., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of Kansas (1995)
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas (1995)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2002)
  • United States Supreme Court (2003)

Areas of Practice

  • Trial and Appellate
  • Criminal and DUI Defense in Federal, State and Municipal Courts
  • Civil-Rights Litigation


  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 2002
Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Wichita Bar Association

  • Vice President, 2012-2013
  • Board of Governors, 2007-2009
  • Criminal Practice Committee Chair, 2006-2008
  • Criminal Practice Committee Member, 1996-present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Board of Governors, 2012-2017

Kansas Judicial Council

  • Criminal Law Advisory Committee

Kansas Supreme Court Pretrial Justice Task Force

Representative Lectures
  • Pretrial Justice: “What? We Have to Release Everybody Now?” - Kansas Court of Appeals - KBA Criminal Justice Virtual CLE Conference - April 2, 2021
  • Trial Tips and Tricks - Wichita Bar Association: WBA Criminal Practice 2019 - Sedgwick County Law Center, Wichita Kansas - May 17, 2019
  • Weight For It - Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Hotel in Oldtown, Wichita KS - November 2, 2013