Todd A. Scharnhorst

Contact Info


Carolyn S. Noble

Practice Focus

Health Care Litigation


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

B.A., cum laude, Washburn University, 1992


Missouri Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers in America

Brain Injury

Catastrophic Injury

Medical Malpractice

Best Lawyers in Kansas City, Ingram’s Magazine

Super Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas

Kansas City’s Top 50

Kansas and Missouri’s Top 100

Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal

Best Lawyers in Kansas City, 435 Magazine

Best Lawyers, Kansas City Magazine

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Todd chairs the firm’s health care litigation group. For more than 20 years, he has defended hospitals, multi-disciplinary health systems, physicians, and long-term care facilities in complicated, high-exposure matters alleging catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Through his work, Todd has developed strong relationships with the top medical institutions and medical specialists in the country.

Todd has been recognized by his peers as a preeminent lawyer in the areas of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, brain injury, and long-term care litigation. He has been consistently recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Bar published by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers Magazine, and Best Lawyers in Kansas City published by Ingram’s Magazine. Todd was recently selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Kansas City, and one of the top 100 lawyers in the states of Missouri and Kansas, by Super Lawyers Magazine.

“Our firm has grown from two lawyers and one employee to what we have today ― a recognized and respected litigation boutique, known for its excellent work, sophistication, industry knowledge, and results.  We handle complex, high-exposure litigation as well as any firm, large or small.”


  • Unanimous defense verdict in a case alleging permanent lower extremity nerve paralysis.  Following a total hip replacement, the plaintiff experienced massive blood loss in the hip and thigh and was alleged to have developed compartment syndrome.  Plaintiff alleged the standard of care required immediate return to the operating room for hematoma evacuation and nerve decompression.  The surgeon, in exercising his professional judgment, determined the risks of immediate exploration greatly outweighed the potential benefits. The patient was returned to the OR four days later when it was believed he was better able to withstand a second operative procedure.
  • Achieved defense verdict in lawsuit involving allegations of peripheral nerve injury. Plaintiff alleged permanent and severe injury as a result of instruments used during cervical spine surgery.
  • On behalf of a regional medical center, achieved voluntary dismissal of an eight-figure claim pursued by a young patient diagnosed with locked-in syndrome. The patient suffered an acute ischemic stroke following two visits to the medical center’s emergency department. After thorough preparation of key fact witnesses and retention of the nation’s leading experts on posterior-circulation stroke, plaintiff agreed to voluntarily dismiss all claims against the defendant facility.
  • Successfully argued multiple cases relating to the professional and medical malpractice statutes of limitation before the Kansas appellate courts. See Bonin v. Vannaman, 261 Kan. 199, 929 P.2d 754 (1996); P.W.P. v. L.S., 969 P.2d 896, 266 Kan. 417 (1998).
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Kansas City, MO 64106
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