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Brett's Philosophy

Brett understands that, in many of his cases, he’s helping someone work through the most serious problem they’ve ever encountered in their life. He includes his clients in the process and explains concepts in terms they can easily understand. Ultimately, Brett aims to help his clients by being a friend who will listen to their problems and find a tailored solution specific to them.

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A well-known lawyer on your side

Brett Votava has practiced exclusively on injury and wrongful death cases since graduating near the top of his class from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law almost 15 years ago. He initially worked as an attorney for Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he learned how big companies and defense attorneys defend injury and wrongful death cases. Since 2003, Brett has exclusively represented injured people and families who have unnecessarily lost a loved one. He has experience with both routine cases and high-value complex cases culminating in trial.

Votava is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, where he teaches law students. In 2015, he won the annual Thomas Conway Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for his ability to zealously represent clients while remaining cordial to opposing counsel. Votava has routinely been selected as a Top 100 Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas, Top 50 Lawyers in Kansas City, and “Best of the Bar” in Kansas City over the past seven years by the Kansas City Business Journal and Super Lawyers magazine.

Brett focuses on injury and wrongful death law — specifically when caused by medical malpractice, unsafe premises such as businesses and homes, and motor vehicle crashes involving trucks, cars or motorcycles. He also handles problems against insurance companies and pharmaceutical/medical device cases. He really enjoys representing the little guy against big companies and the variety that makes every case so unique.

He enjoys spending time with family and friends since they are the most important things in life. His parents live in the small town of Lebanon, Missouri. As a college graduate from the University of Missouri–Columbia, Brett also passionately follows his Mizzou Tigers.

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