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Our Appellate Practice


Jonathan Sternberg focuses his practice strictly on appellate litigation. This includes every stage of a case, not only briefing and arguing appeals and related actions, but also advising trial counsel on procedure and strategy. He brings a breadth of knowledge to difficult problems in virtually any subject area.

Jonathan is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, and every federal appellate court nationwide. He often appears pro hac vice in other jurisdictions.

Besides actual appeals, Jonathan also regularly engages in other related matters, including:


  • Assisting trial counsel with motion practice, general research and writing, and issue preservation

  • Amicus briefs to voice non-litigants’ perspectives on important matters

  • Extraordinary writs to bring otherwise unappealable issues before appellate courts

  • Habeas corpus and other post-conviction relief from criminal convictions and sentences

  • Post-trial proceedings in civil and criminal cases

  • Declaratory actions and other procedures seeking to enforce or challenge a law

  • Defending lawyers and judges in disciplinary matters

  • Serving as an expert witness on appellate-related issues and more


In his more than 16 years of practice, Jonathan Sternberg has been counsel of record in more than 200 reported appellate decisions in a wide array of subjects, successfully pursuing commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, estate, family, insurance, tax, and tort cases, among others. The total amount in controversy of all his cases involving money disputes exceeds $875 million.

Jonathan has written more than 400 appellate briefs and presented more than 175 appellate oral arguments, including 16 before the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Jonathan’s work has included a variety of high-profile cases with high stakes, including:

  • Obtaining millions of dollars’ worth of awards on appeal that lower courts previously had denied

  • Upholding millions of dollars’ worth of challenged verdicts

  • Restoring millions of dollars’ worth of verdicts in higher appellate courts that lower courts had overturned

  • Obtaining new trials for unsuccessful parties in civil and criminal cases

  • Obtaining outright reversals of felony convictions and sentences


Jonathan Sternberg has earned a number of professional accolades for his work, including being by far the youngest of only 14 people presently selected as one of Missouris top 100 attorneys by both Thomson Reuters and Missouri Lawyers Media:

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