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Melinda Young is a native of Hutchinson, Kansas. She received a B.S. from Friends University and she received her law degree from Washburn University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Young was a two time published author and an Editor for the Washburn Law Journal.  She received the John F. Kuether Award for Outstanding Comment for her publication Discrimination for the Sake of the Children.

Ms. Young started working at Bretz Law Offices, LLC at its inception in 1997.  She originally worked as a paralegal and helped start Bretz Law Offices, LLC in 1997. Her love of the law, particularly her love of helping injured clients, inspired her to pursue a law degree. Following graduation from law school, she gained additional experience practicing law in Iowa until returning to her hometown of Hutchinson and rejoining the firm. In 2013 she became a partner and the firm name was changed to Bretz & Young.

Ms. Young currently handles all types of injury claims including auto accidents, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, product liability, premises liability, workers compensation and employment law. She recently obtained the largest judgment in Iowa for an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim arising out of a wrongful termination suit.

Ms. Young is licensed in Kansas and Iowa and by the United States District Courts in Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri. She is recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and as an Outstanding Young Lawyer by KC Magazine. She is a member of the Kansas Association of Justice and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She is also a board member for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, a member of Cause for Paws, and a former board member for The American Red Cross.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • Matthew Lawrence Bretz

    I've known Ms. Young since 1997 when she was completing a paralegal degree. Since then I have observed her while she completed college and gone through law school where she was a contributing author on the Washburn Law Journal. She is an outstanding lawyer who zealously advocates for her client and wins some remarkable cases. She is a rising star in personal injury litigation.


    Matthew Bretz Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ethan Seth Kaplan

    Melinda is an extremely hard worker and incredibly smart. Her dedication to the legal profession, her devotion to her cases, and her knowledge and skill in the courtroom make her an excellent attorney.


    Ethan Kaplan Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Bretz & Young, L.L.C.

3 Compound Drive
P.O. Box 1782
Hutchinson, KS, 67504-1782


KSAuthorized to practice law200907/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Rising StarKC Magazine2013
John F. Keuther Award for Outstanding Law Journal CommentWashburn University School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBretz & Young Injury Lawyers2013 - Present
AssociateBretz Law Offices, LLC2009 - 2013
AssociateCartwright, Druker, & Ryden2008 - 2009
AssociateBradshaw Fowler Proctor & Fairgrave, PC2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Friends UniversityBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IDCA Annual MeetingIowa Appellate Case Update2007