Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



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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Personnel Information

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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


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 (2008-2021); The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law (2013-2021)

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


Matthew M. Merrill

Kansas City, MO

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Nursing Home 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 - 2021); Selected to Super Lawyers List (2009-2021)

Memberships:
  • Kansas, Washington State, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • 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


Diane Hastings Lewis

Kansas City, MO

Practice Areas
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Aging Services Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Errors and Omissions
Admitted
  • Missouri, 2008
  • Kansas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected to Super Lawyers- Rising Stars (2013-2020); The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation-Real Estate (2021)

Memberships:
  • American and Kansas Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Nebraska, B.S. Business Admin. (cum laude), 2005
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2008
Clerkship:
Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. John F. Wright, Nebraska Supreme Court

Born: 1982

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