Scott R. Ast

Scott Ast

Contact Info


Merry E. Morales

Practice Focus

Business & Commercial Litigation

Product Liability Litigation

Transportation Litigation

Employment Litigation


J.D., with Dean’s Honors, Washburn University School of Law, 1994

B.A., with Honors, Kansas State University, 1990


Missouri Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

The National Associate of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)

Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal

Selected for inclusion in
Super Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas

Selected for inclusion in
Super Lawyers—Corporate Counsel Edition

Scott represents clients facing significant business risk and high exposure litigation including product liability claims, commercial litigation, FELA and the defense of wrongful discharge and discrimination actions.

He leverages his firsthand insight and business acumen to provide practical advice that puts each client’s business goals front and center. Over the years, he has gained first chair jury trial experience, participated in high-exposure personal injury and wrongful death claims, and represented clients in multiple bench trial and evidentiary hearings.

“The firm’s success is driven by superior client service. This focus has created a workplace culture of respect, civility and productivity.”

Scott’s experience includes multi-week trials of high exposure personal injury and wrongful death claims. Scott has acted as national counsel in the investigation and defense of claims involving fires, vehicular and equipment accidents, product failures and other events resulting in personal injuries and property damage. Likewise, Scott has successfully litigated commercial disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, lending transactions, trade secrets, and insurance coverage.


  • Participated in numerous origin and cause investigations arising out of fires that resulted in millions of dollars in damage, catastrophic injuries and deaths. Actively managed fire scene and laboratory inspections. Assembled teams of investigators with varying expertise depending on the particular needs of each scene and laboratory investigation. Compelled those in charge of fire scenes and artifacts to comply with industry guidelines for fire and explosion investigations in order to prevent spoliation of evidence. Litigation has rarely been brought against the firm’s clients following these investigations.
  • Defended manufacturer’s transportation department and driver in personal injury and death claims arising out of collision on an interstate between tractor trailer and minivan. The representation included the trial of minor child’s claims for traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in significant permanent injury.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims of breach of contract and fraud on behalf of bank after it successfully foreclosed on collateral pledged by debtor which included a minority stake in a privately held family business. The majority owners had attempted to block the redemption of the stock at the fair and agreed value.
  • Navigated claims of trade secret misappropriation against manufacturer which had contracted with former employee of competitor, and avoided prolonged litigation
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Kansas City, MO 64106
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