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About Bretz & Young

Exceptional Kansas personal injury attorneys with a proven track record of success

If you have been injured in an accident in Kansas, you need a lawyer who understands the state's legal system and knows how to get results. You need a law firm that believes its clients' best interests should always come first. You need Bretz & Young.

Located in Hutchinson and serving injury victims throughout Kansas and beyond, Bretz & Young handles a wide range of personal injury cases, from car accidents to worker's compensation, Social Security Disability and more. We do not rest until justice is served.

We win large verdicts and settlements for injury victims. Our law firm has recovered more than $100 million for people seriously injured in accidents and their families, including $6 million for clients previously represented by other attorneys who dropped or rejected their cases. One of our wrongful death cases resulted in a $50 million settlement. Visit our case results page to find out how we've helped others.

Learn more about the attorneys at Kansas law firm Bretz & Young

We have carefully assembled a top-notch legal team to help injury victims just like you successfully resolve the most complicated cases. Our experienced attorneys, valued paralegals and other staff members include:

Why should I hire Bretz & Young law firm to handle my case?

An accident involving negligence can create a protracted dispute. You will need an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney on your side, protecting your rights. We will make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. This starts with your free consultation.

We wrote the book on personal injury law

There is a common perception that there are a lot of frivolous injury claims. Lawyers who lack integrity, and clients who exaggerate their injuries, feed this perception, making it impossible for them and for many others to obtain a fair result in the event of an injury.

We take a different approach. We work tirelessly every single day to overcome this common perception. When we work with clients, we're brutally honest and fair, and we demonstrate absolute integrity throughout our handling of a case. We explain our approach in our 2014 book entitled, And Justice for All: Win Your Injury Case with Honesty and Integrity.

By representing clients in this manner, we frequently convince insurance adjusters and jurors to help our client rather than believing that our case is just another frivolous claim.

In our book, we explain step by step the process we follow in most personal injury cases. The legal justice system can be difficult and confusing. We want to demystify the process, change perceptions, and consistently deliver fair results for clients - one case at a time.

How We Are Different...

Reason 1: We care about you.

We are a different breed of trial attorneys. The bulk of our professional time is spent getting medical treatment for our clients, and getting medical bills and lost wages paid. You can reach us at our office between about 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Our clients are our friends and have our cell numbers and email addresses. They can reach us there about 20 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our goals are to help you recover from your injuries, and to make the community a safer and better place. We're here for you when you need us most.

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Reason 2: We give back to our community

We don't just work here. This is our home. We established The Bretz & Young Charitable Foundation to continue community service work into the future. We give back by serving on boards for organizations like United Way, TECH (The Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson), Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center, and Communities that Care. A portion of the fees from every settlement or judgment we obtain goes to community charitable organizations such as United Way, Red Cross, TECH, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Early Education, the Cancer Council of Reno County, Hospice, and area schools. Our attorneys and staff donate blood regularly and participate in community events. And we provide books to every toddler and preschool child in the Buhler and Haven school districts through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Our actions demonstrate how much we truly care about our community.

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Reason 3: We are making Kansas a safer place to live.

Our primary concern in every case is whether we are meeting our client's immediate and future needs. But we also believe that thoughtful and zealous representation can go beyond helping our clients though difficult situations - we can actually make safer communities by standing up to injustices and improving the well-being of the people who make these communities their home. Because of our cases and advocacy efforts, trains now have ditch lights mounted at the height of car windshields to help reduce the possibility of collisions. A Kansas hospital has new procedures to prevent medication errors. And redesigned wheels are used on motorcycles so that the rims of the tires don't break.

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The Attorneys of Bretz & Young

Matthew L. Bretz, Attorney at Lawmatthew_l_bretz

Matthew Bretz is a Kansas native. At the age of 13, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and then at the age of 20 received a B.S. from Kansas State University where he also taught classical and contemporary physics. He graduated from Pepperdine School of Law where he received the Dalsimer Moot Court Award from U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr.

After graduation, he practiced with the Los Angeles firm of "Erin Brockovich," "Delta Force II" and "The Twilight Zone" fame, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, litigating aviation and catastrophic injury cases.

After returning to Kansas, Mr. Bretz was a litigation partner with Gilliland & Hayes until starting Bretz Law Offices in 1997. The firm name was changed to Bretz & Young in 2013 when Melinda Young joined as a partner. Mr. Bretz handles all types of injury claims, including automobile, products liability, nursing home and premises liability cases. He has been recognized by CNN and by local and state news media for trial and settlement results in numerous cases. Bretz was selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2016" in the field of Personal Injury-Litigation-Plaintiffs. It was his third consecutive selection for a Best Lawyers publication. Based on an exhaustive peer-review survey, "Best Lawyers" has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Mr. Bretz is licensed in Kansas and California, by the United States District Courts in seven states, and by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He formerly was the Medical Legal Editor for the Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the KSAJ.

Mr. Bretz serves on the Board of Directors for United Way, the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson (TECH), the Board of Governors for the Kansas Association for Justice (KSAJ), and is a former board member for The American Red Cross, Interfaith Housing, Big Brothers, and Sunday school teacher.

Practice Areas

  • Auto, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing Home Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • California
  • US District Court of Kansas
  • US District Court of California
  • US District Court of Colorado
  • US District Court of Oklahoma
  • US District Court of Illinois
  • US District Court of Missouri
  • US District Court of Nebraska
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Reno County Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association

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Melinda G. Young, Attorney at Lawmelinda_g_young

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, and 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.  She joined the firm as a partner in 2013 and the firm name was changed to Bretz & Young.

Ms. Young currently handles all types of injury claims including motor vehicle wrecks, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, product liability, premises liability, and wrongful termination.  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, Colorado, Illinois and Missouri.  She is a member of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and Kansas Women Attorneys Association.  She also serves on the board of directors for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center and TECH.

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing Home Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Iowa
  • US District Court of Kansas
  • US District Courts of Iowa
  • US District Court of Illinois
  • US District Court of Missouri

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Reno County Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association

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Sarah Wiese, Attorney at Law

Sarah Wiese is originally from a farming community in North Central Kansas. She earned two bachelor's degrees from the University of Kansas - one in Journalism and one in Middle East History. Ms. Wiese attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, where she served as Literary Editor for the UMKC Law Review and as Chief Justice of UMKC School of Law Honor Court. She was elected to the Order of the Bench and Robe, an honor reserved for the top 10%, and graduated in 2001.

Following law school, Ms. Wiese practiced law in the Kansas City area. She also served as a long-term federal judicial law clerk and as an Assistant General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Ms. Wiese joined Bretz & Young as an associate in 2016 because she was interested in representing injured individuals and using the law to help make them whole again.

Ms. Wiese is licensed in Kansas and Missouri. She works on all types of injury claims, including car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks, wrongful death, workers' compensation, and medical malpractice. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

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Robert Wasserman, Attorney at Law

Robert Wasserman grew up in the northland area of Kansas City. He earned a liberal arts degree from Thomas More College in New Hampshire before attending the University of Missouri School of Law. He graduated cum laude in 2016. During law school, Mr. Wasserman was a member of the Missouri Law Review and authored an article that was accepted for publication in the Law Review.

Mr. Wasserman joined Bretz & Young as an associate in 2016 as a way to assist the people who are most vulnerable and in need of help. He is passionate about helping those who have suffered serious injuries put their lives back together, while also making communities safer by holding hospitals, companies and individuals accountable when they cause harm. Mr. Wasserman works on all types of injury claims, including motor vehicle wrecks, wrongful death, workers' compensation and medical malpractice.

When he is not working, Mr. Wasserman gives his time as a board member for Communities that Care. He is also an avid Kansas City sports fan, cheering for both the Chiefs and the Royals whenever he can.

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Ethan S. Kaplan, Attorney at Law (Of Counsel)Kansas Lawyer Ethan S. Kaplan

Ethan Kaplan is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up the son of a trial attorney, and was passionate about becoming a lawyer from early childhood. Ethan received his B.F.A. from Iowa State University in 2003. He then attended Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, where he obtained his juris doctorate and was active in Washburn's Moot Court Program. After law school he moved to Iowa and joined his father's general litigation practice handling all types of legal matters. Ethan moved back to Kansas with his family in 2009.

In 2010, Mr. Kaplan joined Bretz & Young as "Of Counsel" expanding the firm's personal injury litigation practice to include the handling of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims. Ethan has handled numerous social security disability claims at all stages of the disability process. He represents claimants throughout the country and has participated in hearings throughout the Midwest. In addition to his social security disability work, he also handles other general legal matters. He has also been a part-time instructor teaching law classes at Hutchinson Community College.

Ethan is licensed in Kansas and Iowa. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Reno County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR), and the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR).

Practice Areas

  • Social Security Disability
  • General Litigation
  • Business Law Contracts
  • Property Damage
  • Criminal Defense
  • Wills and Trusts

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Iowa
  • US District Court of Kansas
  • US District Court of Northern Iowa
  • US District Court of Southern Iowa

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Disability Representatives
  • National Association of Disability Representatives

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Larry A. Bolton, Attorney at Law (Of Counsel)Kansas Attorney Larry A. Bolton

Larry has more than 45 years of experience practicing law. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. Larry handles estate planning, asset preservation, wills, trusts, probate, and some commercial litigation.

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Our Team

Amy Long, Client & Community Relations

Amy moved to Hutchinson in 2008 and started at Bretz & Young in 2014. She earned her B.A. from Hanover College in Indiana and her Master's Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She loves being the first point of contact for most of the firm's new clients - providing them with information and letting them know that they don't have to go it alone. Amy is also keeps the firm connected to the community by managing the office's many outreach and service efforts. She is active in the community, serving on boards for Leadership Reno County and HutchFest, and volunteering with the Cancer Council and Communities that Care. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her husband and children.

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Jessica Ediger, Registered Nurse

Jessica is a native of Amarillo, Texas who moved to Kansas in 1986. She has been in the Hutchinson area since 2007. Jessica earned her Associate's Degree in Nursing (AND) from Pratt Community College Nursing School in 1997. Jessica enjoys using her 19 years of experience as a Registered Nurse to help everyone at Bretz & Young better understand the medical issues and needs facing our clients. When she isn't working, Jessica enjoys being outside, gardening, heading to the lake, and spending time with her husband and children.

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Stacy Beyer, Paralegal

Stacy is a native of Kansas and has been in the Hutchinson area since 2005. She holds an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Hutchinson Community College. Stacy joined the firm in 2014, and she assists with all types of injury claims. Stacy most enjoys coming alongside clients when they feel like they have nowhere to turn. Outside of work, she spends her free time with her husband and two children.

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Melissa Busch, Paralegal

Melissa is a native of Kansas who has been with Bretz & Young since 2007. She earned an Associate's degree from Hutchinson Community College. Melissa assists with workers' compensation claims and is very passionate about helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve.

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Jenna Hensley, Paralegal

Jenna is a native of Lyons, Kansas and has been in Hutchinson since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Friend's University in Wichita. Jenna joined the firm in 2013, and handles primarily civil litigation cases. She enjoys being able to relieve clients' stress by helping them through difficult situations. Outside of work, Jenna spends time with her husband and jogs, and enjoys a variety of artistic endeavors.

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Colleen Johnson, Paralegal

Colleen has lived in the Hutchinson area for most of her life. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, she spent over 20 years working in medical offices filing insurance claims. In the medical offices, claims were decided only by an insurance adjuster, much to her frustration. Colleen is glad assist with workers' compensation claims now, where claims can be brought before a judge to ensure that injured people truly get the treatment and benefits they deserve. In her free time, Colleen enjoys reading, jewelry making, riding her bicycle, and spending time with her husband and family.

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Vickie Lohmeyer, Paralegal

Vickie is a native of Kansas and graduate of Cranford Business College. She also earned an Associate's Degree from Hutchinson Community College. Vickie joined the firm as a receptionist and bookkeeper in 2006. A year later, her passion for helping clients lead Vickie to become a paralegal as well - she assists with all types of injury claims. Vickie is the Board President of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and she serves as a "big" for Big Brothers Big Sisters. When she is not working or volunteering, Vickie spends time with her husband and rides her bicycle.

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Nancy Schmutz, Paralegal

Nancy is a Hutchinson native who has been with Bretz & Young since 2012. She holds an Associate's Degree from Hutchinson Community College and a B.S. from Friends University in Wichita. She assists primarily with workers' compensation cases and enjoys helping people get the treatment they need. Nancy is also an excellent negotiator, and enjoys helping clients get the best possible results following an injury. When she is not working, Nancy enjoys crafting and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Sandra Wenger, Receptionist

Sandy is a Kansas native and has been with Bretz & Young since 2009. Sandy works as receptionist and administrative assistant at the firm.

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