“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 15 years of litigation experience, Brett Coppage is a part of the Edelman & Thompson work injury and personal injury teams. His personal injury work includes car/truck accidents, animal attacks, wrongful death and slip and falls.
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 2022, 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.
Brett has also been selected for inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 listing, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region that have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.
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.
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