Ward K. Brown

Ward K. Brown, Kansas City Attorney

Shareholder/Director
wbrown@withersbrant.com

Introduction

Ward K. Brown is an AV rated trial attorney who secures just compensation on behalf of landowners in Condemnation/Eminent Domain cases. Follow this link » for more about Ward’s Condemnation/Eminent Domain experience. Ward’s practice also includes Construction Law, Land Use, Insurance Law, Product Liability and General Trial Practice.

After serving as law clerk for two judges from 1986-88, Ward joined a law firm on the Country Club Plaza where he practiced until he joined Withers Brant in 2001. You can reach Ward at 816-883-2615 or via email at wbrown@withersbrant.com.

Areas of Practice

○ Condemnation/Eminent Domain

○ Land Use & Zoning

○ Local Government

○ Product Liability

○ Construction Law

○ Insurance Law

○ General Practice Trial

Experience

● Multiple jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts in Missouri, Kansas and other Jurisdictions.
● Represented landowners in numerous condemnation actions in multiple counties in Missouri
● Former lead trial counsel for Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City, Missouri in Condemnation / Eminent Domain Matters (acquisition of more than 200 properties, many involving eminent domain proceedings)
● Lead counsel in court and arbitration proceedings representing public and private owners, general contractors and subcontractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers, construction managers, sureties and insurers regarding construction defect claims, mechanic’s liens, warranty issues, environmental claims, contract disputes, and other issues
● Counsel for claimants and defendants in various product liability cases, including motor cartridges, seat belts, braking systems, safety harnesses, tractor trailers, and others.
● AV rating Martindale-Hubbell legal directory (highest rating for competence and ethics)

Education

● University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1986
● University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1983, Phi Beta Kappa
● Winnetonka High School, 1979

Admissions

● Admitted to Practice: Missouri, 1986
● United States Supreme Court
● United States Court of Appeals, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
● United States District Court, Western District of Missouri

Legal Affiliations

● Missouri Bar Association
● Eminent Domain Committee, Missouri Bar
● Clay County Bar Association
● Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
● Construction Law Committee

● American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Litigation Committees

Non-Legal Affiliations

● Liberty Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees and Past Board President
● Liberty School District Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Chairman of Board
● Jackson County CASA (former Board President and current volunteer attorney representing abused and neglected children in court proceedings)
● Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
● Northland Leadership, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
● Blue Jay Nation, Founding President (Liberty High School)
● University of Missouri-Columbia Alumni Association
● Tiger Club of Kansas City

Personal

Ward is a lifetime Northland resident and currently resides in Liberty. Ward’s wife Michelle is an elementary school guidance counselor and former 1st Grade teacher. Ward and Michelle have two daughters, Allie and Haley. Ward formerly was a professional musician (pedal steel guitar and guitar).