Before joining the firm in 2013, Matthew worked as an associate at Brydon, Swearengen & England representing utility providers before the Missouri Public Service Commission. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas. His practice concentrates on insurance defense, including personal injury, wrongful death, construction, employment, product liability, and professional liability, including engineers and architects.
J.D., Washburn University School of Law, with honors, 2012
Washburn Law Journal
B.A., Baker University, cum laude, 2009
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
The Missouri Bar
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Johnson County Bar Association
Venue: Clay County, Missouri
Matthew Quandt and William Denning defended this motor vehicle accident, in which Defendant ran a red light and t-boned Plaintiff who was turning left onto Highway 291. Plaintiff claimed that as a result of the accident she suffered a lumbar compression fracture, two bulging discs, and annular tears. Plaintiff sought $300,000 in damages, including $40,454.72 past medical expenses and $183,000 future medical expenses. Dr. Travis Foxx testified live on behalf of Plaintiff. Defendant admitted negligence but contested causation and damages. Defendant maintained that Plaintiff did not seek treatment for 12 days after the accident and had large gaps in treatment after being released from care. Defendant conceded a strain injury occurred and suggested the jury award $6,356 ($4,256 chiropractic expenses and $2,100 pain & suffering). The jury awarded Plaintiff $6,356, less than Defendant’s pre-trial Offer of Judgment.
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri
Michael Kirkham and Matthew Quandt defended this wrongful death trucking accident, in which decedent Alan Tate was driving for Whimsy, Inc. travelling westbound on Highway 50 in Lee’s Summit when his semi-truck left the roadway and collided with a concrete bridge pillar. Defendant Troy Dierks was the lead mechanic at Whimsy, Inc. Plaintiff Sean Tate alleged that his father’s accident was caused by a wobbly wheel as a result of Defendant’s failure to maintain decedent’s truck. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant failed to properly grease the front-end wheel and steering assembly and failed to clear oil from the right front brake lining. Plaintiff presented one witness who told Defendant to check out a wobbly front right wheel prior to the accident and two witnesses who were travelling on Highway 50, noticed a wobbly wheel, and tried to alert decedent. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. Defendant argued that he properly maintained the truck. Following a five-day jury trial, Mr. Kirkham and Mr. Quandt successfully obtained a unanimous defense verdict.