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Brad Lear’s practice primarily involves representing individuals and small businesses in claims and lawsuits filed in various state and federal courts. He focuses on complex personal injury and employment cases – including representing groups of employees in collective and class actions. Brad strives to master the important details of each of his cases while maintaing a "big picture" point of view that allows him to seek and obtain positive resolution of the issues facing his clients.

Brad has successfully represented clients from around the country in cases involving wage and hour disputes – including claims under the FLSA for unpaid overtime – and other employment matters including cliaims of gender, racial, religious, and disability discrimination. Brad also maintains a robust personal injury and insurance law practice, handling cases involving serious injury and wrongful death claims as well as claims for vexatious refusal to pay insurance proceeds due under life, accident, and long-term care insurance.

Brad is an active member of several, legal, professional, and charitable organizations where he enjoys participating in community service work – particularly that involving educating young people.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 34%
  2. Employment: 33%
  3. Wrongful Death: 33%



Contingent (25-40%)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


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  • Matthew Charles Price

    Brad is an excellent, skilled and conscientious attorney. I highly recommend him.


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Contact info

Lear Werts LLP

2003 W. Broadway
Suite 107
Columbia, MO, 65203-1111


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200205/11/2016
MOGood Standing, Active200101/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifUniversity of Missouri - Columbia School of Law2001
Order of the BarristersUniversity of Missouri - Columbia School of Law2001
Missouri Law ReviewUniversity of Missouri - Columbia School of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLear Werts LLP2003 - Present
AssociateGreensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMember2009 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2002 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Missouri BarMember2001 - Present
Missouri Boy StateBoard of Directors1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chavez v. WIS Holding Corp., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56138 (S.D. Cal. 2010)California state-wide class action settlement.
Owsley v. Cooper, Franklin County Circuit CourtSettlement
Gruhn v. SonicSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri Employment Law InstituteWage & Hour Update2008
MOBAR CLE: CONTRACTSContract Interpretation2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial PracticeManaging complex evidence at trial2011
Attorney Guest SpeakerLaw Practice Management2011
Labor Law SymposiumWage & Hour Law Update2008
Center for Alternative Dispute ResolutionArbitration Process in Securities Cases2003