Stephen S. Brown

Stephen S. Brown

Rated by Super Lawyers

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Stephen S. Brown

Rated by Super Lawyers

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Stephen S. Brown

Rated by Super Lawyers

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Stephen S.

(3/14/1946 – 9/3/2022)


On September 3, 2022, our senior partner and firm leader, Steve Brown, passed away after courageously fighting the effects of major cancer surgery for seven years. Steve was a universally respected and honored member of the Kansas City Trial Bar, whose skills in front of a jury, whether defending healthcare professionals or other myriad businesses and individuals in high stakes litigation, was matched only by his absolute professionalism in every aspect of the practice of law. Steve was a trusted partner, mentor, and friend to generations of lawyers and staff at Brown & Ruprecht and its predecessor. His passing is a significant loss to our firm and the Kansas City legal community. May he rest in peace.

During his career, Steve has represented large corporations, individuals, and most everything in between concerning a variety of legal issues that still inspire and intrigue him. Much of his legal work in the last fifteen years has focused on the defense of health care professionals — neurosurgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, skilled and long-term care facilities. He has defended mass tort cases involving catastrophic injuries and numerous plaintiffs and defendants. He also vividly remembers defending a veterinarian who gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an unsuccessful attempt to save a Cocker Spaniel.


B.S., Business Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia

J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Mediation Certification, University of Missouri

Honors & Awards

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law (2013-2023)

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2005-2021)

Best of the Bar – Kansas City Business Journal (2003-2013, 2016)

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Congenial Counselor Award exemplifying “professional gallantry, peacemaking, harmony and friendship” (2011)

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition (2008)

Named in Best of the U.S. 2008 Listings – legal field

The Best Service Professional in the U.S. (2006)

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers (2005)

Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyers Award

Bar Admissions & Professional Associations

U.S. Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court – District of Kansas

U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

American Bar Association

Association of Missouri Mediators

Greater Kansas City Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

The Missouri Bar

Seminars & Publications

Risk Management 2011: Practicing Dentistry in Today’s Litigious Society

Continuing Legal Education Chapters and Presentations:

Emergency Room Medicine

Nursing Home Liability

Opening Statement – How Important Is It?

Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Treating Physician