Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


2323 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1100, Kansas City, Missouri 64108-2670

Established: 1975

Practice Areas

  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Aging Services Defense
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Reinsurance
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trial Practice
  • Transactional/Business
  • Long Term Care Defense
  • Fitness Facility Defense

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Client Information

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Personnel Information

Shareholders


Stephen S. Brown

Kansas City, MO

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected to Super Lawyers List (2005-2017); The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law (2013-2019)

Memberships:
  • American and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations
  • Kansas City Society of Health Care Attorneys
  • Association of Missouri Mediators
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator
Education:
  • University of Missouri, B.S.B.A., 1968
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 1971
Law Review:
Staff Member, University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review
Honors:
Recipient, Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyers Award of the Missouri Bar Foundation (1981); Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal (2003-2013, 2016)

Born: 1946

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John L. Hayob

Kansas City, MO

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2000
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected to Super Lawyers List (2008-2017); The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law (2013-2019)

Memberships:
  • American and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Education:
  • Rockhurst College, A.B., 1972
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 1975

Born: 1950

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Matthew M. Merrill

Kansas City, MO

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Aging Services Defense
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Fitness Facility Defense
Admitted
  • Kansas, 1999
  • Missouri, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2003
  • Washington State Court, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected to Top 50 Kansas City Attorneys List-Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2012, 2016); Selected to Super Lawyers List (2009-2017)

Memberships:
  • Kansas, Washington State, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Association of Defense Council
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Kansas, B.G.S., 1996
  • The University of Kansas, J.D., 1998
Honors:
Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal (2010, 2012, 2016)

Born: 1974

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