Automotive Journal Publishes Kent Emison on Cargo Load Issues in Truck Accident Litigation

Langdon & Emison Partner J. Kent Emison was published this month by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, with a piece titled "Theories of Recovery in Trucking Accident Cases Involving Insufficient Insurance."  The article featured commentary on agency/joint ventures, negligent hiring, and examined representative cases illustrating hot topics within truck accident litigation.

"In trucking accidents that cause catastrophic injuries, the medical expenses victims incur far exceed the minimum coverage these small companies carry," Kent said in the article.  "When a trucking accident victim sustains catastrophic injuries, it is critical to look beyond the negligent truck driver and the small motor carrier for sources of recovery. Analysis of liability must also include a close examination of the shipper of the load: the large trucking company that hired the small carrier or independent driver. 

"Many large corporations that hire small truck companies will hide behind an alleged independent contractor relationship and other predictable defenses. Several theories of liability can be asserted against the large corporation and other responsible parties to help you recover more than the meager policy limits held by the small carrier or individual driver."

Kent has been lead trial counsel in a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, having handled cases all across the United States.  Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide.  He dedicates the entirety of his law practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Langdon & Emison Attorneys Named to National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Langdon & Emison attorneys David Brose and Brennan Delaney have been selected for the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, for the state of Missouri.  The National Trial Lawyers recognizes the top 100 plaintiff's attorneys in each state; founding members Bob Langdon and Kent Emison have already been selected for the NTL honor.  

Membership in the NTL Top 100 lists is by invitation only and "extended to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria."  David and Brennan both also in previous years were selected to the NTL's Top 40 Under 40 list.

David focuses his practice on the representation of victims across the country who have been seriously injured or killed by a wide variety of dangerous products.  He's been honored by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned his juris doctor and a master’s degree in business administration.  While in law school, David served as a member of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review and received the C.A.L.I. Award for work in Corporate Taxation.  David is a frequent speaker at law schools and bar associations, on issues related to product liability law and plaintiff's litigation.

Brennan previously worked at Douthit Frets and as a law clerk: two years for the Hon. Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri and two years for the Hon. Michael W. Manners of the Sixteenth Circuit of Jackson County. Brennan is a graduate of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court (2012) and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (2010). He also completed the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Bar Leadership Academy in 2011.  A member of the Missouri and Kansas bar, Brennan earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2008 and was a member of Law Review. 

Bob Langdon Selected for Nation's Top Attorneys List

Langdon & Emison partner Bob Langdon has been selected as one of the Nation's Top One Percent, according to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  

NADC is "an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence."  It has mobilized its members in support of pro bono projects across the country.  Members of the distinguished group are vetted by a research team and a judicial review board.  

Bob has been inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized with some of the United States’ highest honors for attorneys. In 2010, Bob was one of two Missouri attorneys to be named “Legal Champion” as part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Lawyer of the Year” program.  His leadership in the profession has led him to serve as an Executive Board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers and as a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.  Since 1985, Bob has been nationally board-certified in trial advocacy. He speaks regularly at many seminars throughout the country, teaching other lawyers various successful trial techniques.

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Langdon & Emison Supports UMKC Trial Advocacy Program

The UMKC School of Law Advocacy Department celebrated its latest successes in mock trial competitions by inviting key sponsors of the program to a private event last week.  At the event, Langdon & Emison and two other major sponsors were honored for their part in helping the law school achieve increased law school rankings as well as the trial advocacy team advancing to two consecutive Final Fours.

This UMKC program's emphasis, “Advocacy in Action,” is committed to training “trial- ready” advocates for the courtroom, board room, appellate courts and beyond. Students gain valuable experience in trial law and practice.

In trial advocacy competitions, the development of trial advocacy skills through mock trial is emphasized.  In the last two years, UMKC has advanced to the final rounds of the National Trial Competition and the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. UMKC teams have competed in Buffalo, Chicago, St. Paul, Gulfport, San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Louis, Houston, Jefferson City, Seattle, San Francisco, and many other cities across the country. 

L&E currently boasts five attorneys within the UMKC alumni ranks:  Kent Emison, Mike Manners, Brennan Delaney, and Lindsey Scarcello.   

L&E attorneys with current members of the UMKC mock trial team.

L&E attorneys with current members of the UMKC mock trial team.

Brennan Delaney Named to Top Ten Attorneys Under 40

Langdon & Emison associate Brennan Delaney has been awarded with a Top 10 Under 40 Attorney distinction.  The award is administered by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, and honors the top ten personal injury attorneys in each state under the age of 40.  Brennan was selected as one of the top 10 in the state of Missouri, based on his work in defective product and wrongful death lawsuits.

NAOPIA was established in 2013 with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top personal injury attorneys in their respective regions.  The attorneys who make this list are first nominated by an attorney in that state, and then the Selection Committee and Board of Governors approves the slate of candidates for the top 10 in each state.

Prior to practicing at Langdon & Emison and the firm of Douthit Frets, Brennan spent four years serving as a law clerk: two years for the Hon. Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri and two years for the Hon. Michael W. Manners of the Sixteenth Circuit of Jackson County. He is a graduate of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court (2012) and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (2010). He also completed the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Bar Leadership Academy in 2011. Brennan is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and KCMBA and serves on the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Brennan earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2008 and was a member of Law Review. Prior to law school, Brennan graduated magna cum laude from Truman State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Brennan Delaney, Lexington, Mo.

Brennan Delaney, Lexington, Mo.

Firm Employees Participate in Rock the Parkway

This weekend the firm was represented at the annual Rock the Parkway half-marathon and 5K.  Contributions from the event go toward Girls on the Run, and the "Get in Action" exhibit at Science City, which is an interactive exhibit in which motion trails follow children's body movement and encourages them to get up and move and live an active lifestyle.  

Firm attorneys and staffers completed both the half-marathon and 5K distances.  The next race on the schedule will be the annual Hospital Hill race in June in Kansas City, which benefits a number of nonprofit organizations in western Missouri.