Matthew M.
Merrill

Matt joined the firm in 2001. He was elected partner in 2007 and co-chairs the firm’s Health Care Provider, Dental Malpractice and Aging Services/LTC/CCRC defense groups. Matt has tried cases and argued in the appellate courts in Missouri and Kansas, and he is also licensed to practice in Washington.

Matt’s practice emphasizes the defense of litigation involving professional liability claims, including nursing home defense, dental malpractice defense, health care provider defense and other complex civil litigation matters.

Matt was born in Kansas City, Missouri, attended a local high school and graduated from The University of Kansas and The University of Kansas School of Law. When Matt is not working he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, weightlifting, and motorcycling. Additionally, Matt is actively involved in various organizations within the Kansas City community.

Education


B.G.S., Political Science, University of Kansas

J.D., University of Kansas

Honors & Awards


Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2009-2016)

Best of the Bar – Kansas City Business Journal (2010, 2012, 2016)

Top 50 Kansas City Attorneys – Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2012, 2015, 2016)

Top 100 Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas – Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2014, 2016)

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition (2008)

Up & Coming Lawyer – Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2007)

Recommended Insurance Attorney – A.M. Best

Bar Admissions & Professional Associations


Kansas

Missouri

U.S. Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court – District of Kansas

U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

Washington

Defense Research Institute

Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association

Kansas Association of Defense Counsel

Kansas Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association Litigation Section (Executive Committee)

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

The Missouri Bar

Washington State Bar Association

Seminars & Publications


“Mock Deposition of Director of Nursing.” Presented at 2015 NADONA/LTC National Conference (June 2015)

“Common Themes in Nursing Home Litigation.” Presented to LTC/CCRC insurer (April 2014)

“Risk Management 2011: Practicing Dentistry in Today’s Litigious Society.” Presented at UMKC School of Dentistry Midwest Dental Conference (April 2011)

“Facebook Ethics.” CLE Program on Ethical Considerations and Social Networking Websites (2010)

“Challenges to Missouri Tort Reform.” Presented at Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund Defense Counsel Seminar (2006)

“Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Treating Physician & Other Medical Experts.” Missouri Products Liability Handbook (Rev. March 2004)

“The Sheep Heard ‘Round the World: Legislation vs. Self-Regulation of Human Cloning.” Kansas J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 169, 185 (1998)

Representative Cases


In October 2016, Matt obtained judgment in favor of four allied healthcare professionals in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Matt won a complete defense verdict in favor of his client, a skilled nursing facility, in The Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Kansas City in May 2013. This was one of the highest-dollar defense verdicts in Missouri in 2013.

Other recent representative verdicts and judgments include a defense judgment in favor of anesthesiologist (2012); defense judgment in favor of pulmonologist (2011); defense judgment in favor of physician group (2010); and defense verdict in favor of dentist (2008).

Matt has been the lead attorney in hundreds of lawsuits covering a wide variety of practice areas including professional liability defense, personal injury defense, premises liability defense, products liability defense and commercial litigation. In addition to trial work, Matt has obtained hundreds of favorable mediation outcomes for his clients.