Applying his background in management with Fortune 100 companies, Brett focuses his practice on complex commercial and environmental litigation matters.
Brett’s practice also includes an emphasis on environmental litigation and compliance under CERCLA, RCRA and state laws regulating environmental nuisances and trespass. He represents clients on a range of other issues as well, including intellectual property matters, commercial real estate disputes, and the developing area of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV or drones).
During a two-week jury trial, Brett served as the lead associate and second-chair, working with the Stinson team to assert antitrust claims on behalf of one of the largest commercial roofing contractors in the region.
Brett received a favorable judgment after second-chairing a trial involving nuisance claims that would have severely hampered a client’s operations.
He also achieved dismissal of claims asserted against a client for alleged environmental contamination and wrongful death, based on a legal issue of first impression for the court.
Brett has defended clients in multiple class action claims of environmental and odor contamination, helping to resolve those claims consistent with the client’s business needs.
In multimillion dollar antitrust litigation, he successfully defended against summary judgment and Daubert motions to exclude the client’s experts, resulting in an immediate bench ruling in the client’s favor.
Brett has experience assisting large chemical manufacturers in voluntarily self-disclosing environmental issues under state laws, minimizing risks to those clients.
He has also represented aviation manufacturers in complex product liability cases involving issues associated with jurisdictional and international choice of law disputes.
News & Insights
- Press Release12.09.2015
"The EPA's Endangerment Finding on Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Preliminary Analysis," 51st Annual SMU Air Law Symposium, March 2017
“Environmental Law: An Overview,” Guest Lecturer for Environmental Health, Masters of Public Health Program, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, February 3, 2017 (also in 2018 and 2019)
"Construction, Drones, and the Law: Maximizing Efficiency and Minimizing Risk," Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. 7th Annual Learn & Earn Continuing Education Seminar, Kansas City, MO, April 6, 2016
"The EPA’s Endangerment Finding on Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Preliminary Analysis," Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Summer 2017
"EPA's Endangerment Finding for Aircraft Emissions: How Should the Airline Industry Respond?," the American Bar Association's Air & Space Lawyer, May 2017
"A Somewhat Ironic Defense of the Kansas Written Bar Examination," Kansas Bar Association Magazine, 2015
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee
- Regional Reporter for Region 10, 2019-2020
Johnson County Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER)
- Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee
Practices & Industries
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
Washburn University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
- Washburn Law Journal, Staff Member
- Honorable Judge Delmas C. Hill Law Scholarship
- John F. Kuether Memorial Faculty Award for Best Comment
Avila University, M.S., 2010
Park University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2008