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 email@example.com.
Areas of Practice
○ Condemnation/Eminent Domain
○ Land Use & Zoning
○ Local Government
○ Product Liability
○ Construction Law
○ Insurance Law
○ General Practice Trial
● 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)
● University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1986
● University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1983, Phi Beta Kappa
● Winnetonka High School, 1979
● 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
● 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
● 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
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).
PARTIAL LIST OF EMINENT DOMAIN EXPERIENCE
● Interstate, State Highway and Local Road Projects
● Health Care Facilities
► Convenience Store for Road Improvement Project (Clay County)—Offer: $4,946. Jury Verdict/Judgment: $500,000. City took a temporary easement and installed median restricting access.
► Farmland Taken for Highway Project (Ray County)—Offer: $110,000. Jury Verdict/Judgment: $843,125.16. MoDOT took a swath of land for the re-routing of a state highway.
► Hotel and Outdoor Advertising Sign Taken for Interstate Exit Ramp (Jackson County)—Offer: $358,262. Jury Verdict/Judgment: $2,122,000 (plus prejudgment interest of $323,990.38). MoDOT took a defunct hotel that was demolished to make way for a highway ramp.
► Farmland Taken for Regional Water Reservoir (Sullivan County)—Offer: $80,000. Judgment: $211,500. Partial taking of farm. Landowner was awarded $141,000 plus another $70,500 for “heritage value.”
► Expansion of Regional Airport (Clay County)—Offer: $274,992. Judgment: $669,500. Partial taking of cattle farm for expansion of airport.
► State Highway Frontage (Clay County)—Offer: $15,100. Judgment: $97,500. MoDOT took approximately an acre of frontage on a 198-acre tract for a highway widening project.
►Partial Taking of Vacant Land (Jackson County)—Offer: $47,865. Result: $223,845. The county condemned approximately four acres of land for a road project.
►Taking of Farm by Electric Cooperative (Carroll County)—Offer: $336,000. Result: $500,000 (plus other non-monetary consideration to the landowner).
► Bridge Improvement Project (Platte County)—Offer: $1,100. Result: $14,700 (plus other consideration including the construction of driveway for the landowner).
►Opposed Construction of 660 Megawatt Coal-burning Power Plant (Carroll County)—Result: Plant Not Built. Worked with landowners and others in opposition of the plant. Ultimately, the utility cooperative’s permit with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was declared no longer valid.
► Corner Residential Lot Taking of Easement and Portion of Side Yard (Clay County)—Offer: $4,300. Result: $12,168 (plus additional consideration for landscaping, etc.).
► Vacant Development Land Partial Taking for Utility Easement (Jackson County)—Offer: $20,587.50. Result: $50,000 (with agreement to move utility line dissecting the property to the edge of the site to facilitate development making site more valuable).
► Easement for Sewer Line to New Treatment Plant (Caldwell County)—Offer: Zero (with free sewer hookup). Result: $15,000 (plus free sewer hookup). City argued sewer system enhanced the value of the property.
► Motel Taken for Road Improvement Project (Jackson County)—Offer: $348,500. Result: $750,000.
► Partial Taking of Vacant Land for Road Improvement Project (Platte County)—Offer: $49,000. Result: $135,000. Landowner ultimately secured additional compensation for “heritage value” from the city.
► Partial Taking of Farmland for State Highway Project (Lafayette County)—Offer: 129,600. Result: $450,000.
► Partial Taking of Frontage from Church Campus (Clay County)—Offer: $78,680. Award: $130,000. MoDOT took approximately two-thirds of an acre from a 65-acre for a road improvement project.
► Partial Taking of Farm by Water Commission (Sullivan County)—Offer: $44,000. Settlement: $130,000. After condemnation commissioners awarded $114,500 in court, case was settled for $130,000.
► Vacant Land for Seasonal Fireworks Sales (Platte County)—Offer: $100,000. Result: $195,000. Taking was in conjunction with flood protection project.
► Relocation of Outdoor Advertising Sign (Platte County)—Result: Amendment of City Ordinance. Worked with outdoor advertising company and city to amend ordinance to allow sign to be relocated to another portion of the property to continue generating income.
► Road Improvement Project, Proposed Partial Taking (Clay County)—Offer: $3,000. Result: Abandonment of taking. Convinced city that it would be less expensive and safer to route the improved road so that no taking on landowner’s property would be required.
► Taking of Church/School Frontage for Road Improvement Project (Clay County)—Offer: $24,700. Result: $45,000 (plus city’s agreement to install a left turn lane for traffic entering the property, construction of long driveway, and other consideration).
► Temporary Easement for Road Improvement in Residential Area (Clay County)—Offer: $1,400. Result: $4,661 (plus other consideration such as installation of new driveway).
*This sampling is no guarantee of future results. Every case must be judged on its own merits. In addition, multiple settlements cannot be listed here because they remain confidential at the request of the condemning authorities.