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Brett Ashley Emison

Defective and dangerous products Attorney at Lexington, MO

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 11 years
    Missouri - MO 21 years
    Kansas - KS 20 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2012
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2002
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2003
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Brett

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Practice areas
  1. Defective and dangerous products
    Death and injury cases are difficult for clients under any circumstances, but particularly when the death or injury could have been easily prevented, but was caused by a defective or dangerous product. We help our clients put their lives back together and use world class engineers and experts to show how and why a defect product caused our client's injuries and damages.

    21 years

  2. Personal injury
    Our clients are often emotionally and physically devastated by the injuries leading to their personal injury claim. Often times, our clients are not able to work and cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of care required for their post-injury care. We are here to help clients through this incredibly difficult time and to ensure that those responsible for the tragedy are held accountable.

    21 years

  3. Car accident
    Auto accidents are difficult time in any client's life. Often times the severity of the injuries outweigh the amount of insurance coverage available. We identify all potential sources of recovery and help our clients through often tough negotiations with insurance companies.

    21 years

  4. Class action
    Class action and multi-district litigation is some of the most complex litigation imaginable. We guide our clients through this complex process and have been at the forefront of some of the most complex mass tort litigation in the country. Our attorneys, including myself, have been leaders in mass tort litigation, such as the Ford/Firestone multi-district litigation and the Yaz birth control MDL currently pending in the Southern District of Illinois.

    21 years

  5. Transportation
    When a freight train or passenger train crashes into a vehicle at a railroad crossing, the results are nearly always devastating. We help our clients through these difficult times by working with the best railroad experts in the country to show the jury how the railroad company and train crew could have avoided the crash.

    21 years

  6. Trucking accident
    Semi truck and tractor trailer cases take a special skill and ability. We help our clients navigate these difficult cases. These cases are not like a regular auto crash case. We work with trucking industry specialist who can show the jury exactly why and how the trucking company or truck driver caused the crash and injuries.

    21 years

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:

  • Product Defect Lawyer
  • Auto Defect Lawyer
  • Trucking Accident Lawyer
  • Train or Railroad Accident Lawyer
  • Dangerous or Defective Drug Lawyer
  • Defective Medical Device Lawyer



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 Defects, DePuy 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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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
Saint Louis, MO, 63119-3049
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Langdon & Emison
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rouse Hendricks German May
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
  • 2002 - 2003


  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2002
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Westerman v. Shogren
  • $200,000 verdict
  • Confidential Plaintiff v. Confidential Trucking Company
  • Six-Figure Settlement
  • Cole v. Union Pacific Railroad
  • Confidential Settlement
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Marketing & Client Services Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Executive Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Board of Governors
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Up & Coming Lawyer
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Member since 2009
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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  • Missouri Trial Attorney
  • Rules
  • 2013
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal
  • "Altered Reality": Hidden Dangers of Modified Products and Aftermarket Components
  • 2012
  • The Safety Report
  • How Important Is The Age of Your Tires?
  • 2012
  • LJN's Equipment Leasing Newsletter
  • Aftermarket Parts and Their Consequences In Litigation
  • 2011
  • The Missouri Trial Attorney
  • Cause Is King: Challenging Jurors For Cause
  • 2010
  • The Daily Record (Kansas City)
  • Legal Issues In Missouri Products Liability Cases
  • 2002
  • Missouri Law Review
  • Deadly Trap or Reasonable Danger: What Standard of Care Applies to Non-Electrical Injuries from Power Lines?
  • 2001
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Comparative Fault In Crashworthiness Cases
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ethics In Litigation
  • 2012
  • New Lawyers CLE Series
  • Legal Principles Regarding Voir Dire
  • 2011
  • MATA - Annual Convention
  • Social Media And Your Practice: You, Your Clients, And The Jury
  • 2011
  • Intersession 2011
  • Putting New Media to Use in Your Practice
  • 2011
  • Meet The Judges
  • Legal Principles Regarding Voir Dire
  • 2010
  • Crash Course On Crashworthiness
  • Identifying Crashworthiness Cases
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett represents his clients with the utmost diligence and professionalism. He's an excellent trial attorney whom I highly endorse."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brett. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brett is a top notch trial attorney. He routinely sues automobile manufacturers for defective seat belts and airbags....and wins."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is an excellent lawyer with a fantastic firm. I highly recommend him for any type of litigation but especially for anything having to do with defective products or drugs."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett and his law firm understand that personal attention can make all of the difference. Not only does Brett Emison understand and think creatively about the legal aspects of a case but he cares for his clients and their families. I have always been impressed by Brett and highly recommend him."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett and his colleagues at Langdon & Emison are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to all types of defective product cases. In particular, Brett's expertise lies in his study and writing on the subject of automotive defects. He has written extensively about the recent Toyota unintended acceleration problem and has been instrumental in informing the driving public about the recall. Between Brett's enthusiasm for keeping the public safe and his firm's experience in handing cases involving defective automotive products, I cannot recommend him highly enough."
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Lexington Defective and dangerous products Lawyer Brett Ashley Emison
Brett Ashley Emison
Defective and dangerous products Attorney
Lexington, MO
Licensed for 21 years