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.

Firm Brochure on GM, Bair Hugger, Tire Defects, Truck Accidents is Released

The first edition of the Langdon & Emison newsletter has been printed and is available for viewing here.  The firm issues this quarterly brochure to anyone interested in news from the firm and hot topics from the worlds of civil litigation, public safety and consumer products.

Injured Railroad Worker Receives $5.3 Million Verdict Against Metra in Train Accident

A Cook County, Illinois jury awarded Christopher Cravatta $5.3 million in a unanimous verdict after a five-week trial in Chicago after he sustained devastating injuries while working as an engineer for Metra.  Cravatta sustained an annular tear in his L4-5 disc requiring surgery and was unable to return to work as an engineer after Metra medically disqualified him from the job.  He was injured when he slipped on a combination of oil, snow, and ice while stepping from the locomotive to a passenger car at Chicago’s Union Station.