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Matthew Lawrence Bretz

Car accident Attorney at Hutchinson, KS

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Matt Bretz

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  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 31 years
    California - CA 32 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

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HELPING THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TORN APART FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

Get A Kansas Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer On Your Side

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to the fault or negligence of someone else, you need attorneys you can trust to help you get the medical care and compensation you rightfully deserve. The Kansas-based personal injury lawyers from Bretz Injury Law know how to win cases for our clients.

Whether you've been injured in a car accident or hurt on the job in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal or Hays, our knowledgeable team will work with you each step of the way. We have helped injury victims and their families obtain more than $ in verdicts and settlements. A few of our notable case results include:

$50 Million
Wrongful Death
$18.5 Million
Brain Injury
$3.15 Million
Motorcycle Accident
$5 Million
Car Wreck
$3.25 Million
Car Wreck
$2.1 Million
Farming Accident
$8 Million
Assault
$4 Million
Truck Accident
$2.3 Million
Pedestrian Accident
$2 Million
Truck Accident
$1.75 Million
Motorcycle Accident
$2.5 Million
Product Liability Case

In case after case, we consistently secure the money our clients need to live their lives with dignity. That's what drives us to work hard every single day - helping car accident victims and their families get their lives back on track.

The best way to get to know me and find out why I love being a trial lawyer at Bretz Injury Law is to understand where I come from. I grew up with a single mother and three sisters and spent a lot of time with my grandparents. An inquisitive kid, my mom and grandparents pushed and challenged me, helping me develop a passion for learning. With their support, I got my first job at the age of 11, earned the rank of Eagle Scout by 13, and graduated college and started teaching classical and quantum physics at Kansas State University by the age of 20.

One of the side jobs I did as a kid was yard work for a local retired lawyer. I didn’t know what lawyers did, but I admired this man and wanted to be like him. Physics and teaching intrigued me, but I could not get the idea of being a lawyer out of my mind.

I think there are three primary things that have made me who I am as a trial lawyer. The first was an opportunity to get out of Kansas and attend Pepperdine University School of Law in California on a scholarship. I didn’t realize the importance of it at the time, but I received an education from one of the top law schools in the country. For me – a small-town Kansas boy – this was an eye-opening and horizon-expanding experience.

The second career-defining opportunity was lucking into a job during law school with the Los Angeles firm of Erin Brockovich, Delta Force II, and The Twilight Zone fame, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack. At Pepperdine I learned “the law,” but at EL&L I learned how to be a trial lawyer, litigating aviation and catastrophic injury cases from around the globe.

The third, and by far the most formative event in my life, occurred on Valentine’s Day in 1992. On that day my 16-year-old sister, Marlee, and two of her friends were delivering baskets of flowers when their car was struck by a train, instantly killing all three of the girls. Going through that devastation with my family at the time and in the years since has given me a personal understanding of the crushing pain suffered by those who have lost a loved one. Since then I have devoted both my professional and personal life to helping those who have been seriously injured or who have lost a loved one, and to making the community a safer and better place to live.

My professional and personal lives bleed together. I am on the National Board of Directors for MADD with the singular goal of bringing an end to the mayhem caused by drunk and drugged drivers. I also volunteer time with the United Way, Red Cross, Interfaith Housing, ABATE, and the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson.

Even after 30 years I still enjoy teaching. As a trial lawyer I get to teach juries, insurance companies, and sometimes even defense experts. To help other trial lawyers improve their skills and get better results for their clients, I teach trial lawyers across the country – from Seattle to Atlanta and every place in between - at the Keenan Trial Institute. I’ve also been able to teach through the local community college, the Boy Scouts, and Sunday School.

I handle motor vehicle, premises liability, dangerous and defective product, and nursing home cases. I’ve been fortunate to receive accolades from CNN, Martindale-Hubbell, and AVVO. But the recognition most dear to me was a handwritten note from a client saying: “You treat me like your only client, and I so appreciate that.”

My wife of 29 years, Amy, and I have two compassionate and driven daughters, Lauren and Hannah. Lauren has a master’s degree in speech pathology and is currently in law school at KU. Hannah is in law school in New York.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015,2014
Client's Choice
2015 2014

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Location

Matthew Lawrence Bretz
225 N Market
Suite 345
Wichita, KS, 67202
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
100 N Seventh
Suite 207
Salina, KS, 67401
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
1151 Fulton Terrace # 5
Garden City, KS, 67846
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
108 N 14th Ave, Ste D3
Dodge City, KS, 67801
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
150 Plaza Drive, Suite 109
Liberal, KS, 67901
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
205 East 7th Street, Suite 335
Hays, KS, 67601
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mark | December 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Help in a time of need
In light of what happened, I am glad I called Bretz & Young. I received all the help I needed in a timely manner. Everyone at the office was very professional. Workers' Compensation was not taking care of me, and everyone (including my boss) told me to get an attorney. Bretz & Young got involved and made the process so much better!
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Posted by Valerie | October 20, 2015
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Wonderful Attorney
Bretz & Young was wonderful at a time that was truly horrible. They dealt with the insurance companies in a timely and efficient manner, and they were compassionate with me while I was grieving a loss. I would definitely recommend that anyone who needs help call Bretz & Young. Don't face the insurance company alone!
Posted by Allen | July 29, 2020
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Best
Matthew helped me with my legal issues. Things were great and went according to plan. Anytime I needed help, he was there. I recommend him highly. He really cares about what he does!
Posted by Smith | July 12, 2020
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Great Lawyer
I have hired Matt on numerous occasions for my legal needs. I have not hesitated to recommend him to my family members, employees and clients. Many of which have used him and were quite satisfied with the results.
Posted by Deb | October 15, 2019
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We Found Our Perfect Match
Matt Bretz and his team handled my personal injury case in spectacular fashion culminating in a fair and just settlement well before going to trial. Their successful track record of years of ethical practices and knowledgeable, effective representation served me well. The lawyer you choose does make a difference. I suffered a debilitating injury in a fall due to unsafe conditions while dining in a Kansas tourist town. We tried to negotiate a fair settlement with the proprietor's insurance company ourselves but they offered us only a laughable, token amount to sign off on all claims since their “investigation” concluded that their client was not at fault. My husband had purchased a couple books on the subject of seeking a premises liability settlement without hiring a lawyer, which greatly aided our case. Learning from the many actual case histories detailed Matt’s book, we were able to compose a compelling and eloquent Demand Letter. Still, the insurance company knew they had the upper hand especially since we were out-of-state and out-gunned. So they hoped that we would simply give up in frustration fighting an uphill battle. One of the books that we purchased from Amazon titled “And Justice for All: Win Your Injury Case with Honesty and Integrity” was co-authored by Matthew Bretz and Melinda Young of Hutchinson, Kansas. Besides the book’s excellent content, the law firm of Bretz and Young was a perfect fit geographically since we now needed a lawyer that was licensed to practice in Kansas yet not in the immediate vicinity of the same town. The stars were aligned which led us to call Matt’s office and shortly afterward he pulled off the road to call us for details. He enthusiastically convinced us that he wanted to take this case (for public safety concerns as well) and was confident in a favorable outcome. He followed up by having photos taken of the deteriorating premise conditions the following weekend and he took charge from day one. Matt is a very cordial and compassionate gentlemen but when it came to his negotiating skills in mediation, his tenacity and experience shone through. Mediation is an increasingly common (and often mandated) formal procedure before assigning a court date that often results in early settlement. We quickly learned to appreciate having Matt on our side. The opposing lawyer team tried a couple tricks but Matt saw right through them and put them on the defense. He then cleverly devised a simple yet effective formula of assigning a calculated value of pain and suffering that a jury could easily assign a tangible figure. Just the mention of presenting this to a jury in closing arguments instantly broke the stalemate in mediation negotiations, leading to a quick and rewarding resolution without the time-consuming expense and uncertainty of a jury trial. Regardless of whether or not you might try going it alone, you would do well to purchase a couple books such as Matt’s to educate yourself for one of the most important financial events of your life. Before you say or do something that might jeopardize your case, take the time to research and learn how the legal system works. Most likely if your case rises to a high dollar figure, you will benefit greatly by choosing the right lawyer to achieve a fair and just settlement. We found our perfect match in Bretz and Young.
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Posted by Logun | October 9, 2019
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Great Attorney and Great Staff
Matthew Bretz did a great job of getting my case resolved in a timely manner. Great communication with all the staff at Bretz & Young. Would definitely recommend him and his law firm if you have been in a accident.
Posted by Matt | August 12, 2017
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The BEST lawyer
Matt and his staff are very helpful. They always answer my questions with a smile and are very responsive. Matt and his staff treat you with respect and in my opinion are the BEST INJURY LAWYERS IN THE COUNTRY! I would highly reccomend MATT BRETZ!
Posted by tiffany | August 12, 2017
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Will always pick matt
Matt did my fiance's case and was very helpful and responsive if he needed anything after hours or needed any immediate questions answered Matt was always there to answer them with a smile when dealing with Matt Bretz it was more like dealing with a friend then an attorney.
Posted by Roseann | June 23, 2017
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Wouldn't go anywhere else
Bretz and Young attorneys and the staff are awesome. My husband and I have used them a few times and they are always quick to respond and follow through with everything they say they will do even if it's not their 'area' of expertise. Would recommend them to anyone I know needing help.
Posted by Randy | February 18, 2016
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A Great Advocate for the Working Man
I hired Bretz & Young for a workers compensation claim. I felt helpless until they represented me against the insurance company. I got the medical treatment I needed and the compensation I deserved. Bretz & Young made me feel like I was part of the family - they always had time for me. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!
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Posted by Tia | January 27, 2016
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Motorcycle Accident
My brother was in a terrible accident. We had a previous attorney who just told us to settle. Then we hired Bretz & Young and they actually investigated the situation to find compensation. I would recommend anyone who is injured call Bretz & Young.
Posted by Shari | October 27, 2015
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Amazing law firm!
Bretz & Young has been amazing. Any time I had a question, Nancy called me back right away. I was kept informed and up-to-date. Things went smoothly and in a timely manner. I was pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Bretz & Young to anyone who needs an injury lawyer.
Posted by Tanya | October 26, 2015
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I am so happy with my attorney!
Matt Bretz and everyone at Bretz & Young were so helpful and personable. They were able to walk with me through an incredibly horrible time in my life. My kids and I are grateful for the help we received on our wrongful death claim. I would recommend that anyone with and injury or wrongful death case hire Bretz & Young.
Posted by Bobby | September 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
excellent attorney
After getting hurt on the job and being fired by my employer I call on Mr Bretz. I was very pleased with his mild mannered personality. He help me recover for my physical lose and he see to it that my future medical was covered. Just wanted to say thanks and I highly recommend that you call him if you get injured.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2015
Great help
My son hit a vehicle turning left into oncoming traffic - his car. The accident totaled my son's car and left very little, if any, damage to the other. We thought the other party's insurance company would pick it up no problem as they were clearly at fault. However, they claimed they were not responsible for my son's car. They claimed he was partially at fault. This is when I called Matt. Matt took on our case and the other party paid for my son's car. Thank you Matt!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2014
Kind, compassionate and caring /// Hard working, relentless
I was injured when fell off of the front porch of a house due to the homeowner's lack of maintenance. I ended up having two back surgeries and over $107,000.00 in medical and surgical bills. The homeowner's insurance company refused to pay the medical bills and I did not have health insurance, so I was forced to look for an attorney. Luckily I was referred to Matt Bretz Matt was kind, compassionate and caring. He listened to me and it was obvious that his compassion and concern was genuine. He then went to work on pursuing my claim. The insurance company continued to deny my claim, but Matt did not give up. He was relentless in pursuing the insurance company. Through his efforts he was able to get all of my medical bills paid. He was also able to obtain a settlement of $290,000.00! Now I don't have to worry about my future medical needs. I was incredibly fortunate to have been referred to this amazing attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2014
Thankful
My sister suffered a broken neck in a motorcycle accident. She is now a quadriplegic. I hired a local attorney who advertises a lot, but he missed the statute of limitations in Tennessee. I was then referred to Matt Bretz. Matt figured out that the case could be brought under Kansas law, making a longer statute of limitations. He also investigated and found out that the motorcycle wheel which came apart and caused the accident was poorly designed and that many of the manufacturer's wheels had come apart in the past. Tragically, the manufacturer had redesigned the wheel but had not implemented a recall and had not warned purchasers of the defective wheel. Thank God that I was referred to Matt
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2014
Tenacious
I was hit by a semi and suffered multiple injuries requiring surgery. The insurance company denied my claim entirely. I hired Matt Bretz and through his tenacious efforts we were able to learn about the driver's medical history and that he had lied to get medical clearance to drive. He had had a history of transient ischemic attacks resulting in him essentially falling asleep while driving. While the insurance company offered absolutely nothing before I hired Matt, he was able to get it settled for almost half of the million dollars.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2014
Treated me like family.
Matt represented my children and me after my husband was killed in an accident involving a dump truck. He was compassionate and truly cared.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2014
Compassionate, caring and brilliant
After hiring another attorney who did nothing on my case and who did not return my calls, I eventually was referred to Matt. There was an immediate obvious difference. Matt listened, it was obvious that he cared, and he was able to map out a strategy which ended up winning my case. What a difference a great attorney makes!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bretz & Young
  • 1997 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gilliland & Hayes
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack
  • 1989 - 1992

Education

  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Kansas State Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fisher v. Renfro
  • $1,400,000.00 settlement. Prior attorney tried to settle for $200K.
  • Johnson v. Hardy
  • $5,100,000 verdict. $100,000 offer before suit.
  • Herrell v. National Beef
  • Verdict of $251,197.86. Defense offered $0 before trial.
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Associations

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1997 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Lifetime Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Reader's Choice Award
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • KC Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Reader's Choice Award
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2016
  • Reader's Choice Award
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • KC Magazine
  • 2016
  • Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Reader's Choice Award
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • KC Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer - Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • KC Magazine
  • 2014
  • Reader's Choice Award
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • KC Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiff
  • Wichita Business Journal
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Reader's Choice Award - Top 2
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2013
  • Reader's Choice Award - Top 2
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2012
  • AV Rated - The highest rating possible for ability and ethics
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 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
  • Reader's Choice Award - Top 2 Attorneys
  • Hutchinson News
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyer's Association
  • 2008
  • Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2000
  • Fellow
  • Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Foundation
  • 1998
  • Dalsimer Moot Court Award
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 1990
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Publications

  • ISBN 978-0-9906143-0-2
  • And Justice for All: Win Your Injury Case with Honesty and Integrity - Book authored by Matthew Bretz
  • 2014
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Keenan Trial College
  • Seeing is Believing
  • 2021
  • Keenan Trial College
  • Damages
  • 2020
  • Quarterly meeting
  • Injury claims
  • N/A
  • NBI
  • Personal Injury 101
  • N/A
  • NBI
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matt Bretz inspired me to be an attorney. He is friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, and truly cares about his clients. I highly recommend his services."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Matt Bretz for more years than I can recall. I have worked with him on several matters. He is one of the brightest lawyers I have met in my 40 plus years of practice. If I were injured and the case was in Hutchinson, Kansas he is the only lawyer I would call. Larry Wall"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
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Hutchinson Car accident Lawyer Matthew Lawrence Bretz
Matthew Lawrence Bretz
Car accident Attorney
Hutchinson, KS
Licensed for 32 years
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