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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.



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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    25 years
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 25%
    25 years
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    25 years
  4. Personal Injury: 25%
    25 years, 3.3 thousand cases



Contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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    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.


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Contact info

Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers

3 Compound Drive
PO Box 1782
Hutchinson, KS, 67504-1782


KSAuthorized to practice law199208/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Best Lawyer - Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerKC Magazine2014
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation PlaintiffWichita Business Journal2013
Super LawyerKC Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100National Trial Lawyers Association2012
AV Rated - The highest rating possible for ability and ethicsMartindale Hubbell2012
Super LawyerKC Magazine2011
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2Hutchinson News2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2010
Reader's Choice Award - Top 2 AttorneysHutchinson News2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyer's Association2008
FellowRoscoe Pound Civil Justice Foundation1998
Dalsimer Moot Court AwardPepperdine University School of Law1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBretz & Young1997 - Present
PartnerGilliland & Hayes1992 - 1997
AssociateEngstrom Lipscomb & Lack1989 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chaney v. ArmitageRecord setting jury verdict
Foster v. Wal MartVerdict in excess of $500,000.00
Foster v. Wal MartVerdict in excess of $500,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationJust What is "Actual Clinical Practice"?2002
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationFederal Court Supplemental Jurisdiction of State-Law Medical Negligence Claims in Federal EMTALA Suit2001
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationEstablishing Standards of Care and Conduct Through the Use of Guidelines and Regulations2000
Kansas Trial Lawyers AssociationProtecting Our Elders from Nursing Home Abuse1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Kansas State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Quarterly meetingInjury claimsN/A
Annual MeetingElder law issuesN/A
Annual MeetingHow to handle claims in such a way that an injured person does not want to retain an attorney.N/A