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.