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I love my job because I get to help real people


At my firm, Langdon & Emison, we are dedicated personal injury lawyers.  We represent real people who have been seriously injured and the families of wrongful death victims in a wide variety cases.


We take pride in helping our clients through the most stessful and painful time in their lives.  Our clients lives have been destroyed and turned upside down because of someone else's actions.  We help our clients put their lives back in order and ensure that those resonsible are held accountable.


I am a trial lawyer helping real people.  I, and other Langdon & Emison attorneys, actually try cases in courtrooms across the country.  I have represented real people against some of the largest corporations in the world, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Union Pacific, Bayer, and others.


Langdon & Emison attorneys battled General Motors through the federal courts and all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States... and won for our clients.  Baker v. GM, 522 U.S. 222 (1998) held that General Motors could not buy the slience of its former employee, Ron Elwell.  This 9-0 decision is now taught in law schools across the country.


During law school at the University of Missouri -- Columbia, I served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review and received Order of Coif honors.  Following graduation, I served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr. of the Missouri Supreme Court.  Since joining Langdon & Emison in 2004, I have represented victims and the families of victims in Missouri and across the country.


Our clients and their cases have been featured in the national media, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, major network newscasts, CNN, Fox News and more.  Our experience, focus, and resources allow our lawyers to maximize the recovery for our clients, with total verdicts and settlements exceeding half a billion dollars.



I, along with my colleagues at Langdon & Emison, assist those needing a:



We also have a proven track record for clients with cases involving Car Fires and Defective Fuel Systems, Defective Tires, Defective Child Seats, stability and rollover defects, Aftermarket and Modified Vehilces (including Recreational Vehicles, Ambulances, Limosuines, Handicapped Accessible Vehicles, and Mobile Equipment), Toner Shoes, Yaz Birth Control, SSRI Birth DefectsDePuy Artificial Hip Defects, and Zimmer Knee Defects.


You can learn more and get legal and safety updates at our blog via Injury Board.


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Practice areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 30%
    13 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    13 years
  3. Car Accidents: 15%
    13 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%
    13 years
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Thomas John Gonwa

    Brett represents his clients with the utmost diligence and professionalism. He's an excellent trial attorney whom I highly endorse.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Brett. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Langdon & Emison

911 Main
P.O. Box 220
Lexington, MO, 64067-0220

Langdon & Emison

1828 Swift
Suite 333
North Kansas City, MO, 64116-3629

Langdon & Emison

55 Monroe Street
Chicago, IL, 60603-5165

Langdon & Emison

110 E. Lockwood
Suite 150
St. Louis, MO, 63119-3049



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201211/12/2015
KSAuthorized to practice law200310/12/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up & Coming LawyerMissouri Lawyers Weekly2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Member since 2009Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLangdon & Emison2004 - Present
AttorneyRouse Hendricks German May2003 - 2004
Judicial Law ClerkSupreme Court of Missouri2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysExecutive Committee2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeMarketing & Client Services Committee2011 - Present
Lafayette County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - Present
MultiMillion Dollar Advocates ForumMember2009 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysBoard of Governors2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2004 - Present
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember2004 - Present
Lafayette County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Missouri BarMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pycke v. Tindall$2 million arbitration award
Lemen v. Joker's Pizza$1 million settlement
Boeckman v. Newby-Vance MobilityConfidential Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial MagazineWhen Safety Is Ignored2013
Missouri Trial AttorneyRules2013
Missouri Trial AttorneyToo Big to Punish2013
Missouri Trial AttorneyDon't Overlook A Case's Potential2013
Missouri Trial AttorneyEye on Ethics2013
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineActos Litigation: A comprehensive look at the litigation landscape for Takeda's diabetes drug, as studies link its long-term use in some to bladder cancer2012
The Missouri Trial AttorneyThe British are Coming (and other proposals by The Chamber)2012
Illinois Trial Journal MagazineAltered Reality: The Hidden Dangers of Modified Vehicles and Aftermarket Components2012
Columbia Daily TribuneDecision restores Missourians' rights2012
St. Louis Post-DispatchGuest commentary: Court got malpractice decision right2012
AAJ Products Liability Section NewsletterVarying Degrees of Liability in the Aftermarket Space and Why Litigation over Modified Products Continues to Increase2012
Trial MagazineDanger on the Open Road2012
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal"Altered Reality": Hidden Dangers of Modified Products and Aftermarket Components2012
The Safety ReportHow Important Is The Age of Your Tires?2012
The Safety ReportRental Car Roulette2012
The Safety ReportForget the Bells and Whistles (Dangers of Railroad Crossings)2012
Missouri Lawyers WeeklyLitigation over Takeda's diabetes drug Actos reaches crossroads2012
LJN's Equipment Leasing NewsletterAftermarket Parts and Their Consequences In Litigation2011
The Safety ReportContraceptive Poses Same Problems as Predecessors?2011
The Safety ReportGet Educated: The Dangers of Aftermarket Vehicles2011
The Safety ReportResearchers: Toner Shoes Are Well-Marketed, Poorly Designed2011
The Safety ReportHow to Correctly Install a Child Safety Seat2011
Modern Car CareOpinion: Toyota's Acceleration Problem and Carwashes2010
The Missouri Trial AttorneySocial Media and the Law: Cautions and Challenges2010
The Safety ReportDo You Know How To Select A Child Safety Seat2010
The Safety RecordWhat You Need To Know About Toyota Sudden Acceleration2010
The Safety RecordToyota Recall: A Time Line Of Toyota's Checkered Safety History2010
The Missouri Trial AttorneyCause Is King: Challenging Jurors For Cause2010
Injury Board - The Nation's Safety MagazineBurned Alive: What You Need To Know About Fuel Fed Fire Defects2010
Injury Board - The Nation's Safety MagazineBuckle Up For Winter Safety2009
The Daily Record (Kansas City)Legal Issues In Missouri Products Liability Cases2002
Missouri Law ReviewDeadly Trap or Reasonable Danger: What Standard of Care Applies to Non-Electrical Injuries from Power Lines?2001
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationComparative Fault In Crashworthiness Cases2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Missouri, ColumbiaManagementOther - Bachelors1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationEthics In Litigation2012
New Lawyers CLE SeriesLegal Principles Regarding Voir Dire2011
MATA - Annual ConventionSocial Media And Your Practice: You, Your Clients, And The Jury2011
Intersession 2011Putting New Media to Use in Your Practice2011
Meet The JudgesLegal Principles Regarding Voir Dire2010
Crash Course On CrashworthinessIdentifying Crashworthiness Cases2005