Matthew Bretz is a Kansas native. As a youth he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, 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 primarily automobile, products liability, nursing home and premises liability claims. He has been recognized by CNN and by local and state news media for trial and settlement results in numerous cases.
Mr. Bretz is licensed in Kansas and California, by the United States District Courts in Kansas, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He formerly was the Medical Legal Editor for the Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyer's Association.
Matt 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.
Foster v. WalMart — Premises liability case which established the duty to render aid in Kansas.
Brizendine v. Confidential — Product liability case which resulted in re-design of motorcycle wheels so that they do not split and cause loss of control.
Stewart v. Hutchinson Hospital — Hospital overdose of morphine on three separate occasions, eventually leading to death of patient. Resulted in new procedures to ensure that medication errors do not occur.
Bretz, et al. v. Southern Pacific — Participated in legislative advocacy efforts which resulted in all locomotives in the United States being fitted with two additional lights, known as "ditch lights", mounted at the height of the windshields of passenger cars to improve visibility of trains at night.
Bobo v. Buildex — Civil rights case where company employees made death threats against co-worker and management ignored the same.