Salvaged Takata Airbags Making Their Way in Vehicles

The largest automotive recall in U.S. history still has motorists wondering if their Takata airbags will explode and shoot shrapnel through their vehicles. But, another set of unsuspecting motorists might not know they’re in danger.  

Kent Emison and Michael Serra Published on the Dangers of Guardrails on U.S. Highways

Langdon & Emison attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra have been published by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, on the subject of guardrail defects.  "Defective guardrails in serious injury and death cases" takes a look at the many design defects of the end terminals that are out there on American roadways, particularly those models made by Trinity and Lindsay Transportation's Barrier Systems.

"As a result of ongoing litigation and public awareness, many states have barred the installation of these dangerous guardrail end terminals, and some have even begun the expensive process of removing them from the roadway," they wrote. "But nearly half the states continue to install these defective and dangerous guardrail systems on our roadways. Until they are removed, it is likely that more deaths and serious injuries will occur."

 A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and for 2018 was named "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" for the Kansas City metro area by Best Lawyers in America.  He is a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide, and devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. 

Michael has been named a "Rising Star" in personal injury litigation by the Super Lawyers publication, bringing a firm commitment to justice to his work and a breadth of experience going up against large corporations. As an associate at Langdon & Emison, Michael plays a key role in all phases of litigation for cases involving defective vehicles and products; electrical shock injuries; railroad accidents; and other instances of negligence.

 

Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Critical pieces of legislation that could take away Missouri citizens’ access to courts are quietly making their way through Jefferson City as headlines remain on Gov. Eric Greitins’ legal battles.

Blog: The Dangers of Goodyear RV Tires

Dangerous recreational vehicle (RV) tires, manufactured by Goodyear, are at the center of a federal investigation and lawsuits nationwide. Are your RV tires safe? Maybe not, according to a recent blog published by Langdon & Emison partner David Brose.

Blog: The Link Between Corporate Donations and Tort Reform

Missouri senators are rushing to pass legislation under the guise of “tort reform,” according to a recent blog by Langdon & Emison partner Mark Emison. According to Emison, these tort reform bills protect corporations from being sued by citizens who are injured or killed by their defective products.

L&E’s David Brose Offers 5 Tips for Safe Spring Break Travel

Spring break season is upon us, which places many vacationers on U.S. highways for road trips to their destinations. If your spring break has yet to start and you’re planning to hit the highway soon, Langdon & Emison partner David Brose offers five simple tips for save travel.

MATA Continues Balance the Scales Program

The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys has continued its Balance the Scales initiative, which includes an open letter writing campaign that citizens can contribute their name to if they wish.  Balance the Scales collects stories from throughout the state that showcase some of the harms to consumers that "tort reform" legislation can bring.  This campaign is primarily communicated through social media, and is at its heart a project dedicated to preserving the Civil Justice System.

20th Anniversary of Baker v. General Motors SCOTUS Argument Recognized

This fall marked the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court argument in Baker v. General Motors, and a news piece that aired this fall on several broadcast affiliates takes a look at this precedential case.  Baker was a Langdon & Emison victory described as influential in the law because it provided an answer to the question of whether expert testimony could be called upon from former employees. 

Angie Berry Honored as an "Unsung Legal Hero"

Langdon & Emison's Angie Berry has been recognized in this week's edition of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, as a recipient of the 2017 "Unsung Legal Heroes" award, for the category of firm administrator.  The awards go to honorees in the categories of IT, marketing, HR, and all areas of law firm management.  

Associated Press: The Potential Impact of Takata Bankruptcy

The Associated Press issued a story recently on the Takata bankruptcy, featuring Kent Emison on the impact of how citizens may be affected by the filing.  Japanese air bag maker Takata has been sued over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators.

Langdon & Emison Attorneys Lead CLE Presentations at Annual Convention

The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys' annual convention wrapped up last week, with CLE presentations from our attorneys being a key part of the substantive sessions.  This year's conference was at Lake of the Ozarks, where trial attorneys from throughout the state were treated to CLE presentations, awards presentations, and networking.

Kent Emison Presented with Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award for 2017

J. Kent Emison, founding member of the personal injury law firm Langdon & Emison, was honored during the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys’ annual banquet with the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award last night. The award was conceived to honor the Missouri attorney who best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, ethics, character and courtroom success.

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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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 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.

Bair Hugger MDL Surpasses 1,000 Mark

Langdon & Emison continues to accept potential cases on behalf of patients who suffered serious infections after a knee, hip or other joint replacement surgery. These lawsuits over 3M Bair Hugger blankets allege the device, which is used in hospitals across the country, exposed patients to contaminated air from the operating room, causing MRSA, sepsis and other serious infections.