The best way to get to know me is to know why I am a lawyer. I did not grow up knowing I wanted to be a lawyer. There were no lawyers in my family, and I did not even know any lawyers. But, as my mother would tell you, two things have always driven me: standing up for anyone that has been hurt or treated unfairly, and the desire to correct an injustice in order to pave the way for a better future.
Once I discovered that as a lawyer, I could stand up for people that have been hurt and treated unfairly, I knew I had found my calling. I am proud to be a lawyer because I believe lawyers can level the playing field and ensure that everyone has a voice, not just those with power.
I was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. After high school, I left Hutchinson and moved around a bit, searching for my passion in life. After several years, I realized that Kansas was my home and Kansans were who I wanted to help the most. I worked full-time for Bretz Law Office as a paralegal while attending college at night. I received my undergraduate degree from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
I received my law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. During law school, I became an Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and a published author. I received the John F. Keuther Award for Outstanding Comment for my publication, Discrimination for the Sake of the Children.
After law school, I returned to Hutchinson and Bretz Law Office. In 2013, Matt and I became partners and we changed the firm name to Bretz & Young, LLC.
When I am not working for my clients, I love spending time with my husband and daughter. You can usually find any one of us performing or participating in local theatre. My husband and daughter enjoy acting and singing. I, however, have the most fun performing improv, although I am not holding my breath waiting for Whose Line Is It Anyway? is call.
I am licensed in Kansas and by the United States District Courts in Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois and Missouri. I am a member of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. I am currently handling injury cases including car, truck and motorcycle wrecks, pedestrian and bicycle injuries, falls and other injuries on another’s property, inadequate security, nursing home, and wrongful termination.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2009||11/08/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Best Law Firm||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers||2017|
|Preeminent 4.9 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Best Law Firm||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Best Law Firm||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers||2015|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||KC Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|John F. Keuther Award for Outstanding Law Journal Comment||Washburn University School of Law||2005|
|Owner||Melinda Young Law, LLC||2021 - Present|
|Partner||Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers||2013 - Present|
|Associate||Bretz Law Offices, LLC||2009 - 2013|
|Associate||Cartwright, Druker, & Ryden||2008 - 2009|
|Associate||Bradshaw Fowler Proctor & Fairgrave, PC||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kansas Bar Association||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A|
|Washburn Law Journal||Editor||2006|
|Washburn Law Journal||Victim's Rights v. Special Interst: A Difficult Choice for the Kansas Legislature in Its Fight to Abrogate the Collateral Source Rule||2006|
|Washburn Law Journal||Discrimination for the Sake of the Children||2005|
|Washburn University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Friends University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2003|
|IDCA Annual Meeting||Iowa Appellate Case Update||2007|
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