Brett's practice focuses almost exclusively on catastrophic injury and death cases, as well as class action and other complex tort cases, including automobile defects, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous or defective drugs, defective medical devices, and a variety of other cases.
As a partner at Langdon & Emison, Brett and his colleagues have tried cases against some of the largest corporations in the world, including all major auto manufacturers, railroad companies and trucking companies, as well as major pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Brett takes pride in helping his clients through the most stressful and painful time in their lives. He is dedicated to his area of practice because he is well aware that his clients lives have been destroyed and turned upside down because of someone elses actions.
Brett serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and is involved in a number of legal organizations, including the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), and the Lafayette County Bar Association. Because of his and the firms vast experience in this area, he is regularly published by national trade publications on products liability and other contemporary topics in the law. Brett regularly presents at seminars and other educational events teaching other attorneys the strategies learned in trials and cases across the country.
During law school at the University of Missouri - Columbia, Brett served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review and received Order of the Coif honors. Following graduation, Brett worked as judicial law clerk for the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri. He then practiced in the area of commercial litigation for a renowned Kansas City law firm before joining Langdon & Emison, where the firm's collective experience, focus, and resources have maximized the recovery for his clients, with total verdicts and settlements exceeding half a billion dollars.
J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
- Order of the Coif
- Missouri Law Review, Associate Editor-in-Chief
B.S., cum laude, Business Administration, University of Missouri, Columbia
Kansas State Courts
State Courts of Missouri
Illinois State Courts
Actos litigation: A comprehenisve look at the litigation landscape for Takeda's diagetes drug, as studies link its long-term use in some to bladder cancer. Forum Magazine, March/April 2012.
Altered Reality: The Hidden Dangers of Modified Vehicles and Aftermarket Components. Trial Journal magazine, Winter 2012.
Toner Shoes are Well-Marketed, Poorly Designed. The Safety Report magazine, Fall 2011
Get Educated: The Dangers of Aftermarket Vehicles. The Safety Report magazine, Summer 2011
Aftermarket Parts and their Consequences in Litigation, Equipment and Leasing (American Lawyer Media), February 2011
Social Media and the Law, Missouri Trial Attorney, Winter 2010
Deadly Trap or Reasonable Danger: What Standard of Care Applies to Non-Electrical Injuries from Power Lines? 66 Mo. L. Rev. 453, 2001
Comparative Fault in Crashworthiness Cases (Co-Author with Stephen R. Bough), Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. XXV, No. 2, at 12, November, 2001
Legal Issues in Missouri Products Liability Cases (Co-Author with Stephen R. Bough), The Daily Record, Vol. 186, No. 214, at 3, April 25, 2002
Opinion: Toyota's Acceleration Problem and Carwashes, Modern Car Care, 2010
Social Media and the Law: Cautions and Challenges, The Missouri Trial Attorney, 2010
Do You Know How To Select A Child Safety Seat, The Safety Report, 2010
What You Need To Know About Toyota Sudden Acceleration, The Safety Record, 2010
Toyota Recall: A Time Line Of Toyotas Checkered Safety History, The Safety Record, 2010
Cause Is King: Challenging Jurors For Cause, The Missouri Trial Attorney, 2010
Burned Alive: What You Need To Know About Fuel Fed Fire Defects, Injury Board - The Nation's Safety Magazine, 2010
Buckle Up For Winter Safety Injury Board - The Nations Safety Magazine, 2009
Legal Issues In Missouri Products Liability Cases, The Daily Record (Kansas City), 2002
Deadly Trap or Reasonable Danger: What Standard of Care Applies to Non-Electrical Injuries from Power Lines? Missouri Law Review, 2001
Comparative Fault In Crashworthiness Cases, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
Social Media and its Ramifications for Lawyers, Washington University-St. Louis School of Law
Legal Principles Regarding Voir Dire, Meet the Judges
Crash Course on Crashworthiness, UMKC School of Law
Honors and Awards
Selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyers - 2013
2011 "Up and Coming Lawyers," Missouri Lawyers Weekly