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Bradley S. Russell

  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking & Transportation
  • Commercial & Construction Litigation
  • General Liability Litigation

913-234-6110
b.russell@swrllp.com

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Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas, 1988
  • B.A., Kansas State University, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
  • Kansas, 1988 - Federal and State Courts

  • Missouri, 1988 - Federal and State Courts

Professional Affiliations

  • Kansas Bar Association

  • The Missouri Bar

Practice & Activities

  • Brad has been involved in over 1000 lawsuits and has tried over 90 jury trials. The cases defended by Mr. Russell are primarily in federal and state courts in Kansas and Missouri. His practice concentrates primarily in the area of litigation.

Representative Cases & Results

  • JJ's Bar and Grill, Inc et al v Heartland Midwest et al: Mr. Russell is currently defending a utility contractor in a gas explosion case involving a fatality, multiple personal injuries and extensive claims of property damage. The matter is on-going.
  • Pierpoint v. Wittig Transport: A two week jury trial in Osage County, Kansas involving allegations of a traumatic brain injury and other personal injuries to a Gulf War veteran from a trucking accident on a snow packed roadway. Co-defendant settled the case for $200,000 before trial. Mr. Russell’s client was assessed total damages of less than $1,000 after comparative fault.
  • Kearbey v. Wichita Southeast Kansas Transit. This lawsuit was defended in Jackson County, Missouri and involved a trucking accident involving a dispute over which vehicle crossed the center line, with several personal injuries including a nearly complete amputation of plaintiff’s arm. A two week jury trial led a verdict in favor of the defense. This was identified as one of the top defense verdicts in the state of Missouri for 2004.

  • Hart v. World Wrestling Federation & City of Kansas City, Mo. This lawsuit was defended in Jackson County, Missouri and involved the death of a professional wrestler during a show presented at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Mr. Russell was lead counsel for the defense of the City which owned the arena where accident took place. Although the wrestling organization eventually paid $13,000,000 to resolve the matter, the City was dismissed without contributing to the settlement.

  • Kelly & Bosworth v. Swan. This suit involved claims of malpractice against the defendant agent who procured sports disability insurance on behalf of Jim Kelly (former quarterback of the Buffalo Bills) and Brian Bosworth (former linebacker from University of Oklahoma and Seattle Seahawks) with an insurance company that later declared bankruptcy and was allegedly part of a RICO-style conspiracy. Mr. Russell represented defendant agent. The case was settled confidentially.

  • Wyngarden, Maman & Haddoni v. Marshall Mathers, et al. Several passengers on a tour bus which was part of rap star Eminem’s Anger Management II Tour were injured when their tour bus allegedly lost control and rolled over in Missouri. The plaintiffs sued Marshall Mathers a/k/a Eminem and several other defendants. Mr. Russell represented the defendant driver of the tour bus who allegedly was traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour at the time of the accident, allegedly tested positive for drugs, and was in violation of federal regulations concerning hours of service at the time of the accident. The case resolved by way of settlement.

  • Tudor v. Wheatland Nursing. This was a wrongful death case against a nursing home whose resident choked to death on a cheese sandwich. Mr. Russell was successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of defendant.

  • Jackson v. Life Care Centers. This was a wrongful death action brought against a nursing home alleging that the defendant failed to provide proper hydration, nutrition and other healthcare services to the resident who subsequently passed away. Mr. Russell represented the defendant and the case was eventually dismissed.

  • Ward v. Kansas City Southern Railway Company. Mr. Russell represented the railroad in this FELA case brought by an injured railroad employer in Jackson County, Missouri. The plaintiff claimed permanent disability to his low back following an accident in a railroad transportation van which was struck by a drunk driver while on the highway. The employee claimed that the van failed to properly secure items in the cargo area in direct violation of state regulations. Plaintiff demanded $600,000 before trial but received only $50,000 from the jury.

  • Vanlerberg v. Mill Creek Community Church, et al. Mr. Russell represented a local church and youth baseball facility whose property allegedly caused improper water drainage onto plaintiff’s property. Both clients were dismissed by way of summary judgment.

  • Phillips v. Blair, et al. Mr. Russell represented the owner of a shopping center in regards to a claim of negligent failure to provide adequate security after a gang member shot a teenage on defendant’s premises rendering plaintiff a quadriplegic. The jury returned a verdict in favor of defendant.

  • Rank v. State Farm. This was an uninsured motorist suit in Wyandotte County, Kansas which Mr. Russell represented State Farm, and it resulted in a verdict substantially less than plaintiff's medical bills.

  • McClellen v. Anderson-Erickson Dairy Co. Mr. Russell tried this trucking accident case in Miami County, Kansas and obtained a defense verdict for Anderson-Erickson.

  • Fox v. Jefferson Lines Bus Company. Mr. Russell represented the driver of a bus who lost control on an interstate highway and came to rest in a creek. Numerous claims of passengers were all resolved by way of settlement.

  • Hertel v. Baeke. This was a Jackson County, Missouri case in which Mr. Russell represented a plastic surgeon and his clinic from claims that the defendant improperly posted clinical post-surgical photos of plaintiff on a web site operated by defendants. A confidential settlement was reached.

  • Hix v. National. This was a trademark infringement case also involving claims of trade secret violations between two major manufactures of screen printed materials based in Southeast Kansas. Mr. Russell represented the president of the defendant company, and a confidential settlement was reached.

  • Ramsey v. Lee. This Sedgwick County, Kansas case involved mold claims arising from the construction of a residential home. The defendant was dismissed from the case by way of summary judgment.

  • Turner v. Iowa Fire. This was a case in which Mr. Russell represented Iowa Fire Equipment Company whose employee allegedly triggered an accidental discharge of fire suppression powder during routine maintenance. The plaintiff alleged respiratory problems as a result of the exposure. The case resulted in dismissal by way of summary judgment in favor of Iowa Fire. The dismissal was later affirmed by the Eighth Circuit.

  • Bass Pro v. Tomelleri. This was a trademark infringement case in which Mr. Russell represented one of the defendants in federal court in Kansas. The case resulted in a small settlement for the plaintiff.

  • Pioneer v. Omni. In this trademark infringement case, Mr. Russell represented an employee of the defendant and former employee of plaintiff who allegedly had violated a non-compete clause and infringed on plaintiff's trade dress and internet site. The case resulted in a defendant's dismissal.

  • Stevens v. State Farm. Mr. Russell represented an insurance company in a declaratory judgment action arising from a dispute over whether a driver was operating a vehicle with the permission of the owner. The underlying “hill-jumping” accident caused plaintiff to suffer a fractured spine. A jury returned a verdict finding that the carrier did not owe any coverage to the injured party under the circumstances.

Recent Jury Trial Experience

  • In 2014, Mr. Russell tried three civil cases. Two resulted in verdicts below the defendant's pre-trial offer and one verdict was substantially below plaintiff's final demand before trial.
  • In 2013, Mr. Russell tried one civil case which resulted in a defense verdict.
  • In 2012, Mr. Russell tried three civil cases. All resulted in defense verdicts or verdicts well below defendant's last settlement offer.
  • In 2011, Mr. Russell tried 3 civil cases to verdict. All resulted in either defense verdicts or verdicts below the defendant's pre-trial offer.
  • In 2010, Mr. Russell tried 4 civil cases to verdict. All resulted in either defense verdicts or verdicts below the defendant's pre-trial offer.
  • In 2009, Mr. Russell tried 4 civil cases to verdict. All resulted in either defense verdicts or verdicts below the defendant's pre-trial offer.
  • In 2008, Mr. Russell tried 4 civil cases to verdict. All resulted in either defense verdicts or verdicts below the defendant's final pre-trial offer.
  • In 2007, Mr. Russell tried 5 civil cases to verdict for defendants. All resulted in verdicts significantly below the pre-trial offers extended to plaintiffs.

Accomplishments/Recognitions

  • Super Lawyer from 2005 to present "General Personal Injury Defense"
  • Selected by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) as one of the ten best attorneys for Kansas in the field of personal injury litigation.
  • Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants 2014-2015
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