About Bradley S. Russell

Brad is a named partner, managing committee member and legal counsel for the law firm at Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer. He is one of the most experienced and successful civil defense lawyers in the region, having defended over 1,500 lawsuits and tried over 110 cases to juries, mostly in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. He defends a wide variety of cases, with a particular emphasis on personal injury, medical malpractice, and commercial general liability issues. He has also been involved in many high-profile cases, including complex multi-party litigation arising from a gas explosion on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, wrongful death claims arising from the death of a professional wrestler during a WWF show, malpractice claims made by former NFL players including Jim Kelly, and a tour bus accident case involving Marshall Mathers a/k/a Eminem.
Brad defends each case aggressively, with an eye toward cost-effective resolution, where possible, but without fear of trying cases that present meritorious defenses. His trial results speak for themselves; in the last decade, every jury has returned a verdict below the defendant’s final pre-trial offer in cases he has tried. Since 2015, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys honored him as one of the 10 best lawyers in Kansas for client satisfaction in the field of Personal Injury Law.  He also has been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants. He has also been acknowledged as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for both Kansas and Missouri. He was selected as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for Kansas in personal injury matters, as well as one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for Kansas and Missouri.

  • Education

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

  • Awards & Publications

    “Super Lawyer” recognition in category of General Personal Injury Defense, 2005-present

    American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys “10 Best” award for client satisfaction

    “Best Lawyers in America” recognition in personal injury litigation, 2015-present

    435 Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Kansas City” recognition, 2014-present

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    United States Supreme Court
    Missouri, 1989
    Kansas, 1988
    U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    Kansas Bar Association
    The Missouri Bar
    Eagle International Associates

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • Plaza Gas Explosion & JJ’s Restaurant Litigation

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      The gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant in Kansas City’s historic Country Club Plaza led to national headlines in 2013. Brad Russell, Jeff Baker and Tyler Hibler represented the underground utility contractor that struck a buried gas line before the explosion. There were more than 20 lawsuits filed as a result of this incident, which involved substantial personal injury and property damage claims. The firm provided public relations assistance and protected the legal and financial interests of its client from immediately after the explosion through the protracted litigation.

    • Hart v. World Wrestling Federation & Kansas City, Missouri

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      Professional wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death during a pay-for-view televised event at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Brad Russell successfully defended the City and the Arena from these claims obtaining a dismissal for his clients without the payment of any monetary compensation.

    • Kelly & Bosworth v. Swan

      Venue: U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

      Brad Russell was involved in the matter where Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly and Brian “Boz” Bosworth obtained sports disability insurance through a sports disability insurance agent. When it was later revealed that the insurance carrier was bankrupt perhaps due to fraud, these athletes and others filed suit claiming negligence, fraud, and emotional distress damages as a result of an alleged failure to properly investigate the insurance carrier. After extensive discovery including the depositions of all parties, the matter settled confidentially.

    • Wick et al v Paris Beauty Salons

      Venue: Jackson County, Missouri

      Brad Russell and William Denning obtained summary judgment in this multi-party products liability action in Jackson County, Missouri. The three plaintiffs had demanded more than $10 million in damages, based on claims that the defendants’ acrylic nail products caused auto-immune disorders.