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.
Licensed since 1992
Contingent (25-33%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)
I highly endorse Matt Bretz to anyone needing an attorney for their personal injury or workers compensation claims. He is extremely knowledgeable on the law and has proven both with his track record and his many accomplishments that he is an excellent attorney and fights for his clients.
Ethan Kaplan Personal Injury Attorney
Matt is an excellent advocate for his clients. I have had the pleasure of working with Matt in the past, and when my family was in need of a personal injury attorney, sending them to Matt was a no brainer! Highly recommend Matt and his team.
Mark Fletchall Personal Injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|KS||Authorized to practice law||1992||10/09/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Best Lawyer - Personal Injury||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||KC Magazine||2014|
|Reader's Choice Award - Top 2||Hutchinson News||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiff||Wichita Business Journal||2013|
|Super Lawyer||KC Magazine||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Reader's Choice Award - Top 2||Hutchinson News||2012|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Top 100||National Trial Lawyers Association||2012|
|AV Rated - The highest rating possible for ability and ethics||Martindale Hubbell||2012|
|Super Lawyer||KC Magazine||2011|
|Reader's Choice Award - Top 2||Hutchinson News||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2010|
|Reader's Choice Award - Top 2 Attorneys||Hutchinson News||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||National Trial Lawyer's Association||2008|
|Fellow||Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Foundation||1998|
|Dalsimer Moot Court Award||Pepperdine University School of Law||1990|
|Partner||Bretz & Young||1997 - Present|
|Partner||Gilliland & Hayes||1992 - 1997|
|Associate||Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack||1989 - 1992|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|KBA, KTLA, KSAJ, NTLA, ATLA,||N/A||N/A|
|Kansas Trial Lawyers Association||Just What is "Actual Clinical Practice"?||2002|
|Kansas Trial Lawyers Association||Federal Court Supplemental Jurisdiction of State-Law Medical Negligence Claims in Federal EMTALA Suit||2001|
|Kansas Trial Lawyers Association||Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct Through the Use of Guidelines and Regulations||2000|
|Kansas Trial Lawyers Association||Protecting Our Elders from Nursing Home Abuse||1999|
|Pepperdine Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Kansas State Univ||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1988|
|Quarterly meeting||Injury claims||N/A|
|Annual Meeting||Elder law issues||N/A|
|Annual Meeting||How to handle claims in such a way that an injured person does not want to retain an attorney.||N/A|