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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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.
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|KS||Authorized to practice law||2009||08/07/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Rising Star||KC Magazine||2013|
|John F. Keuther Award for Outstanding Law Journal Comment||Washburn University School of Law||2005|
|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|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Kansas Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|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||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Friends University||Business Management||BS - Bachelor of Science||2003|
|IDCA Annual Meeting||Iowa Appellate Case Update||2007|