Sarah Ruane


Phone Number: 816.701.1123

4740 Grand Avenue Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64112

In Brief

Successfully argued before the Missouri Supreme Court in Wanda Mayes, et al., v. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, et al. Case No. SC93012

Has extensive trial experience and has tried a number of cases to verdict in Missouri and Kansas

Sarah Ruane, a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell, has litigated a variety of matters in state and federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate level. She has been extensively involved in all phases and aspects of fact discovery, expert discovery, and motion practice on behalf of plaintiffs in the largest pelvic mesh MDL in the country over the past several years.

Sarah has also worked extensively on fact discovery, expert discovery, and legal motions on behalf of plaintiffs in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL. Recently, Sarah took a leading role in a sophisticated class action against a large automobile manufacturer involving excessive oil and battery consumption.

Sarah was also involved in successfully defending a putative class action case on behalf of Jackson County, Missouri in a case seeking certification of a class of detainees alleging poor conditions inside the Jackson County Detention Center.

In addition to her nationwide practice, Sarah has been consistently retained to represent various businesses in matters ranging from product liability claims, fraud, and commercial disputes.

Notable Litigation

  • Defense Verdict – Alleged Failure to Timely Diagnose Stroke

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Diane Watkins, successfully defended a physician and a nurse in a jury trial in which the plaintiff alleged that the clients failed to timely diagnose a stroke.

  • In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL 2804 (N.D. Ohio)

    The Wagstaff & Cartmell team is involved in this prescription opiate litigation MDL. Ty Hudson worked with a team of lawyers to help prosecute the case against prescription drug distributors in the initial MDL bellwether cases, which resulted in settlements totaling more than $260 million. The next phase of the litigation is on-going. Eric D. Barton is representing dozens of county and c

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  • Bang v. BMW of North America, No. 2:15-cv-6945 (D.N.J.)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Eric Barton, served as Co-Lead Class Counsel in an excessive oil and battery consumption class action. He helped obtain final court approval of a settlement awarding financial and extended service benefits to a class of over 80,000 owners and lessees of BMW vehicles with an N63 engine.

Practice Areas

Other Practice Areas

  • Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Injuries/Abuse
  • Product Liability
  • Business Disputes
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Securities & Investments Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation


  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2006 
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 2003


Honors + Awards

Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters – 2011 -2014

20 in Their Twenties, Ingram’s Magazine