“I grew up in a blue-collar family in North Kansas City. My dad was a millwright, one of my grandfathers was a TWA mechanic, and the other a union official for the local carpenters union. I saw in them the pride they took in doing their job well every day. I also learned first-hand what can happen to a working family when the breadwinner is injured. Today, I feel a sense of mission and pride representing individuals who have suffered a significant injury at work or elsewhere.”
With over 10 years of litigation experience, Brett Coppage is a part of the Edelman & Thompson work injury and personal injury teams.
Prior to joining Edelman & Thompson, Brett served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jay A. Daugherty, a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge. Brett next spent five years as a business litigation attorney for a prominent defense firm in the Kansas City area, gaining litigation experience in federal and state courts across the country. Brett joined Edelman & Thompson in 2013. Since that time, Brett has represented hundreds of injured individuals and obtained numerous verdicts and awards in his clients’ favor, including several multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.
Brett obtained his undergraduate degree from Truman State University in 2004 and went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2007. He was a member of the UMKC Law Review and the articles editor and a board member of Urban Lawyer law review. Brett was the recipient of the 2007 UMKC West Publishing Award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to Scholarly Writing.”
Brett is a member of the Missouri and Kansas bars, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and the American Association for Justice. Each consecutive year from 2015 to 2018, Brett has been selected by his peers as a top-rated attorney in the Kansas City, Missouri area and a “Rising Star” in the area of personal injury litigation by Missouri Super Lawyers, a designation bestowed on less than 2.5% of the Missouri bar.
In his leisure time Brett enjoys cycling. Brett is on the board of an organization that hosts an annual cycling race that raises money for local charities.
Brett is married and has three daughters.