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Matthew Lawrence Bretz

Matthew Lawrence Bretz

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death

About Me

Matthew Bretz is a native of Hutchinson, Kansas.  As a youth he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  At the age of 20 he earned a B.S. from Kansas State University, where he taught both classical and contemporary physics. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law where he received the Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court Award from U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr. After graduation, he practiced with the Los Angeles firm of "Erin Brockovich", "The Twilight Zone" and "Delta Force II" fame, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, litigating aviation, toxic tort and catastrophic injury cases. 


After returning to Kansas, Mr. Bretz was a litigation partner with Gilliland & Hayes, P.A., until starting Bretz Law Offices in 1997. The firm name was changed to "Bretz & Young" in 2013 when Melinda Young became a partner.


Mr. Bretz currently handles all types of injury claims, including primarily automobile, worker's compensation, and premises liability matters. He has been recognized by CNN for his trial results in Foster v. Wal-Mart, and by local and state news media for trial and settlement results in other cases. Mr. Bretz has recovered more than $100,000,000 for clients in settlements, verdicts and judgments, including more than $6,000,000 for clients who have previously been represented by attorneys who dropped or withdrew from handling the cases.


Mr. Bretz is licensed in Kansas and California, by the United States District Courts in Kansas, California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska, and by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a Member of the Board of Governors for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and formerly was the Medical Legal Editor for the Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.


Matt Bretz serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way, the American Red Cross, the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson (TECH), the Board of Governors for the Kansas Association for Justice (KAJ), is a former board member for Interfaith Housing and for Big Brothers of Reno County, and Sunday School teacher.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    24 years
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 25%
    24 years
  3. Car Accidents: 25%
    24 years
  4. Personal Injury: 25%
    24 years, 3.3 thousand cases



Contingent (25-33%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • John M O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ryan Everett Hodge

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a tireless worker for justice. He is a good lawyer and is not afraid to take a case to trial.


    Ryan Hodge Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers

3 Compound Drive
PO Box 1782
Hutchinson, KS, 67504-1782



KSAuthorized to practice law199208/09/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Best Lawyer - Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerKC Magazine2014
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation PlaintiffWichita Business Journal2013
Super LawyerKC Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100National Trial Lawyers Association2012
AV Rated - The highest rating possible for ability and ethicsMartindale Hubbell2012
Super LawyerKC Magazine2011
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2010
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2 AttorneysHutchinson News2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyer's Association2008
FellowRoscoe Pound Civil Justice Foundation1998
Dalsimer Moot Court AwardPepperdine University School of Law1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBretz & Young1997 - Present
PartnerGilliland & Hayes1992 - 1997
AssociateEngstrom Lipscomb & Lack1989 - 1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Foster v. Wal MartVerdict in excess of $500,000.00
Foster v. Wal MartVerdict in excess of $500,000.00
Brizendine v. ConfidentialRecord setting settlement.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationJust What is "Actual Clinical Practice"?2002
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationFederal Court Supplemental Jurisdiction of State-Law Medical Negligence Claims in Federal EMTALA Suit2001
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationEstablishing Standards of Care and Conduct Through the Use of Guidelines and Regulations2000
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationProtecting Our Elders from Nursing Home Abuse1999


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Kansas State UnivN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Quarterly meetingInjury claimsN/A
Annual MeetingElder law issuesN/A
Annual MeetingHow to handle claims in such a way that an injured person does not want to retain an attorney.N/A