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.
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 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.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week rejected a request from General Motors to curb lawsuits from its ignition-switch defect.
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.
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.